Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library closed on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for modernization: learn more at Interim services for the MLK Library (including the Library Express location, Special Collections, and the Memory Lab) began on Monday, May 8, 2017. Please visit for more information on interim services.

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Helping You Find Reliable Information Every Friday Morning

Did you know the library has more than just books? We also have online resources available through our website that you can access in the library or from home!

The DC Public Library Presents Its 25th Annual Black Film Festival

Civil Rights In America


From Black Panther to Black Classic Press: A lecture by Paul Coates

Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for an enlightening and stimulating lecture by Mr. Paul Coates, publisher of Black Classic Press on Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Great Black Music and the Desegregation of D.C.

Georgetown Professor Maurice Jackson presents the Black History Month Keynote Lecture

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m., we are delighted to present the Black History Month Keynote Lecture by Georgetown University Professor Maurice Jackson.Dr. Jackson will speak on the topic, "Great Black Music and the Desegregation of Washington, D.C."

Jacob Lawrence: Story Painter

In celebration of Black History Month, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library presents a program on one of the most significant Black artists. Jacob Lawrence's career spanned the period from the Harlem Renaissance to 1997. His distinctive artwork chronicles the migration of African Americans and tells the stories of ordinary people as well as heroes.

Talking Book Club Feb. 20

'Cutting for Stone' by Abraham Verghese

Ethiopia, 1954. Twin brothers Shiva and Marion Stone’s Indian-nun mother dies during their birth and their British father abandons them. As revolution brews decades later, Marion, a surgeon, flees to America, where he eventually confronts his past.

Holidays Off The Beaten Path

The groundhog might be predicting six more weeks of winter, but there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate while the snow is falling down around you. Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information: Feb. 1-28 – Library Lovers Month   Feb. 2 – Bonza Bottler Day

Knitty Gritty Committee With a Twist

Ever wanted to take the next step in your knit work with those cool twists and turns, but didn't know how or know where to start?The Knitty Gritty Committee is here to help! For February, MLK's knitting circle will explore cabling! 

"Malcolm, Martin, Medgar" a play by A. Peter Bailey

What would these three political icons have to say if they were with us today?

Please join us in the Great Hall on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. for a staged reading of the play, "Malcolm, Martin,  Medgar," by noted author and journalist, A. Peter Bailey. Bailey is the author of Witnessing Brother Malcolm X, The Master Teacher: A Memoir.This special presentation will be narrated by Malaak Shabazz, the youngest daughter of the Malcolm X. 

'Survival Lessons' by Alice Hoffman

Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman is a paean to life.