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.

'Twelve Years A Slave'

In the canon of American Slave Narratives, we have a few staples, such as those of Frederick Douglass,

Digital Nation

How technology shapes our lives

The tablet makers face off with new devices in anticipation of holiday sales:

March on Washington 50th Anniversary Exhibit

The DC Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of the permanent exhibition, Its Fingers Were Crossed and Its Guard Was Up: Washington, DC Prepares for the March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom.”

'Fall of Five' by Pittacus Lore

In the fourth and most recent volume of the Lorien Legacies, The Fall of Five

'Bringing It All Back Home'

An Oral History of New York City's Vietnam Veterans

Bringing It All Back Home: An Oral History of New York City’s Vietnam Veterans examines the impact that the Vietnam War had on a group of young New Yorkers before, during and after the war. This book tells the story of a small sampling of these men and women.

Lost and Found: Recovering the African American and Quaker Cemeteries at Walter Pierce Park

Special Event

Please join us on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Washingtoniana for a special presentation by local historian Mary Belcher and descendants of the Edmonson and Shorter families, whose ancestors founded and were buried in Mt. Pleasant Plains Cemetery.Learn more about the ongoing preservation efforts at this sacred site.

Have You Met...?

Suzanne Fonzi, one of the new faces in Special Collections

So Suzanne, tell us about yourself?I recently graduated from Georgetown University, where I majored in English. I grew up in Northern Virginia, so I really haven’t gone too far from home for school or work!What’s your job title in Special Collections?

Celebrating American Archives Month: October 2013

An Interview with DC Community Archivist, Derek Gray

Celebrating American Archives MonthOct.

Halloween Party for Kids

Boo!  It’s that time again, when children and grown-ups of all ages don creative costumes and revel in their spooky sides – that’s right, it’s time for Halloween!

Digital Nation

How technology shapes our lives

The arguments against use of advanced technology in public schools are countered in this video: