Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Cover of the January 16, 1969 Washington Free Press, an illustration of a protest at the U.S. Capitol

Historic Washington Free Press 1967-1969 online

Digitized counterculture newspaper now available in Dig DC

DC Public Library Special Collections recently published The Washington Free Press Collection in Dig DC, the library's portal to digital local history archives. The collection contains issues of the underground newspaper the Washington Free Press published from 1967 to 1969.

Women's eight and coxswain on the water at the boathouse, circa 1920s

Potomac Boat Club Collection Digitized

Historic Georgetown rowing club photographs now online

The Potomac Boat Club Photograph Collection now online documents competitive and social events at the Georgetown rowing club from its 1869 founding through the late-20th century.  The collection, donated to the George Peabody Room Collection at Georgetown Neighborhood Library by the club in 2015, has been was digitized in its entirety.

Music Scores

Score Collection & Music Resources at DC Public Library

DC Public Library circulates an extensive collection of music scores for library users: piano music, popular and classical vocal music, solo and ensemble instrumental music, fakebooks, instructional method books, full orchestra, ballet and opera scores, miniature study scores, and more!

The Hans Kindler Orchestral Score Collection

Hans Kindler was the founder and conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra for its first eighteen seasons, from 1931 to 1949.  His library of orchestral performance sets was donated to the DC Public Library in 1951. This special collection includes over 900 titles and is available for use, free of charge, by orchestras and ensembles in the Washington Metropolitan region.   Holdings

Washington Blade 1980s cover, December 29, 1989

Welcome to the '80s!

Washington Blade digitized archives 1969-1989 online

We've got the '80s covered -- The Washington Blade newspaper 1969 to 1989 is all now online! Work to digitize all of the nation's oldest still-publishing LGBT newspaper's archives by DC Public Library, Special Collections are ongoing.

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Reign Like Victoria

In the new historical drama series "Victoria" on PBS, Queen Victoria is eighteen years old when she comes to the throne. What if a story like hers took place in a fantasy kingdom or an alternate historical timeline? Here are a selection of young adult novels featuring a young princess facing challenges and dangers as well as adjusting to the responsibilities of being a reigning Queen. Copies are available to check out and download from the library.

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Andrew Carnegie Medals 2017

During the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference in Atlanta, the winners of the annual Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Non-Fiction were announced. The winners will officially receive their awards in June. Below are the winning titles available to check out and download from the library. Fiction

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Don't Miss the 28th Annual Black Film Festival

See a Double Feature every week!

Join us on Tuesdays in February as we celebrate Black History Month with our annual film festival. The 28th Annual Black Film Festival offers a Double Feature every week, with entertaining and thought-provoking shorts and full length films. February 7 

Cover image of the book The Story of Buildings

Self-Contained Universes

A history of architecture, real and imagined

What would the world be like without the Empire State Building? Or the Statue of Liberty? Would World War II have gone differently if Chartres Cathedral had never been built? 

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'Victoria' by Daisy Goodwin

Begins Jan. 15 on WETA-26

Kensington Palace, June 1837. A young Princess Alexandria Victoria is told that her uncle, the King, is dead and she is now the Queen of England. Her reign begins in the new novel Victoria by Daisy Goodwin.

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