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.

Haunted Houses of Washington

On Display in Washingtoniana

The Special Collections Department of the DC Public Library is delighted to unveil a new exhibit, "Haunted Houses of Washington." Selected images from the Washington Star and Washington Historic Image photograph collections, news articles from local papers, and ephemera from the vertical files will be on display in the Washingtoniana Room (307)  through February.

Talking Book Club

'My Beloved World' by Sonia Sotomayor

We will discuss My Beloved World on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m.

Unlock This Graphic Novel

Follow along in Welcome to Lovecraft, as a new world is unlocked for two brothers and their sister in the aftermath of their father's murder.

Letter From the Birmingham Jail

Library staff read Dr. King's 'Letter from the Birmingham Jail'

Celebrate King Week by meditating on the words of Dr. King!On Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, a diverse group of DC Public Library staff will breathe life into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s  beloved "Letter from the Birmingham Jail" with a live staged reading.

Holidays Off The Beaten Path

Ring in 2014 in your own quirky style by checking out the unique celebrations listed below. Check out some of these interesting holidays by going to the websites below to learn more information: Jan. 1 – Bonza Bottler Day   Jan. 1 – New Year’s Dishonor ListJan. 1 – Z Day

Zora Neale Hurston Birthday Celebration

Community celebration of the 122nd anniversary of the birth of novelist Zora Neale Hurston

Join us in the Great Hall for a celebration of the 122nd anniversary of the birth of novelist Zora Neale Hurston!On Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 pm, The Hurston/Wright Foundation will present a program that features writers, scholars and members of the community, including E. Ethelbert Miller, Courtland Milloy and A'Lelia Bundles, reading excerpts from their favorite Hurston work. 

Learn about Book Printing in January

Come into the Digital Commons to meet one of our newest devices - the Espresso Book Machine. No, this machine won't be able to make you a steaming shot of espresso, but it can print paperback books on-demand! 

Pop Movies, Every Tuesday

A Weekly Film Series for Adults at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A-5

January's films are full of fast and exciting action and powerful real-life drama!![[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"26422","attributes":{"alt":"Dwayne Johnson pic","class":"media-image","style":"margin-right: 5px; height: 64px; width: 9

'Everybody Sees The Ants' by A. S. King

Considering how cold and snowy it's been lately, a book set in a hot place would be great to warm up with.

Celebrate the Winter Solstice

Shortest day, longest night

On Saturday, Dec. 21 -- at 5:11 p.m., to be exact -- take a look at the sun.