Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library closed on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for modernization: learn more at dclibrary.org/mlkfuture. 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 dclibrary.org/mlkinterim for more information on interim services.

Chef at Market!

Come and get a taste of Sri Lanka

The Power and Meaning of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

A Sesquicentennial Commemoration

“The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here...”  With these words, President Lincoln showed he had not the gift of prophesy. On Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln spoke and generations listened. After 150 years, the words said that day still move many of us.

Digital Nation

How technology shapes our lives

These translating eyeglasses will allow world travelers to leave their guidebooks at home:

Diabetes Wellness Workshop

Eating Healthy

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, a speaker from the American Diabetes Association will be here to help you understand the huge role nutrition plays in managing and avoiding diabetes.  Join us at 12:30 p.m.

Cowgirl Creamery Cooks

A conversation with Peggy Smith and Sue Conley

(Photo courtesy of Sara Remington)

Have You Met...?

John Muller, one of the new faces in the Special Collections Department

So John, tell us about yourself.I grew up in the Maryland countryside in a little town whose claim to fame is it was the capital - for a single day - when President James Madison stayed in the postmaster’s house on Aug. 26, 1814 while the British invaded Washington. That’s probably why I’ve always been interested in local history.

Get Your Finances in Order

Use the library to do it

Everyone is interested in ways to make money and save money.  The Library is a cost-effective resource for getting your finances in order. Your tax dollars make these tools available, so make these tools work for you.

Stack Your Pages!

Be a part of National Novel Writing Month @ MLK

Have you been daydreaming about creating the next great fantasy series?Are you choosing heroines for your historical romance?Are you observing human behavior to chronicle in your own urban fiction novel?Or, perhaps you're convinced that you have the next bestselling prizewinner written in your head. 

Digital Nation

How technology shapes our lives

A technology leader creates jobs and an unusual architectural vision in one community:

Learn About the Espresso Book Machine

The Espresso Book Machine is an extraordinary piece of machinery.

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