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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27th Annual Black Film Festival

27 Years of Cutting Edge, Thought Provoking and Popular Cinema

The DC Public Library Presents The 27th Annual Black Film Festival Every Tuesday Evening in February at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A-5, we'll screen new popular cinema, documentaries, and classic film shorts. Featuring familiar names and new discoveries, from Oscar Micheaux and Melvin Van Peebles to Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, and Ava DuVernay.  

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Author Talk with Dr. Amina Hassan

Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist

Please join us in the Black Studies Center on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. for an author talk and discussion with independent historian and journalist, Dr. Amina Hassan, as she presents her new book, Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist.  Loren Miller was one of the nation's most prominent civil rights attorneys from the 1940s through the early 1960s. With co-counsel Thurgood Marshall, he argued two landmark civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cat is Art Spelled Wrong by Caroline Casey

Pick List Picks

You asked for it.

Every morning, library staff across the system pull items from a long list to fulfill your hold requests. That list is called the Pick List, and these are my favorite books that turned up on it.

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Sistah Joy and Collective Voices

20th Annual Poetry Extravaganza in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please join us on Saturday, January 16, 2016,  as Sistah Joy and Collective Voices bring us their 20th Annual Poetry Extravaganza in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr! This family friendly event takes place from 1-5 p.m. in the Great Hall and features drumming, dancing, poetry, youth performers and more! An MLK tradition, this year promises to be more fabulous than ever!

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What's New for NaNoWriMo?

Space for writers during National Novel Writing Month

Want to dive into National Novel Writing Month, but don't know where to start?  Not a fiction writer and feeling a little left out?  Fear not, your favorite downtown library has got you covered. On Tuesdays, drop into our Connect & Share or The Writer's Den

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International Games Day @ MLK

Enjoy all day fun at your favorite downtown library!

Celebrate International Games Day with us on Saturday, November 21.  Gamers of all ages are welcome to try their hand at our Wii Station and a variety of board games.

Podcast: District of Change

D.C. Utopia

  Visionary Plans for the Future City  This podcast was recorded at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

NEW Digitized Collection: Dr. Darrell Clayton Crain Jr. Photograph Collection

Local medical doctor captures pictures spanning four decades in DC and abroad

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Dr. Andrew Jackson Foster and the African-American Deaf Mission in Washington, DC

Oldest African-American Deaf Mission in the United States

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Week (January 17 – 23, 2016)   The DC Public Library Presents   Dr. Andrew Jackson Foster and the African-American Deaf Mission in Washington, DC   Dr. Isaac O. Agboola Interim Dean, School of Education, Business, and Human Services, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.   Judy C. Williams Historian, Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, D. C.     Tuesday, January 19, 2016   6:00 – 8:30 PM  

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An Evening with Kevin Powell

Join us as Kevin Powell, activist, writer, and public speaker discusses his new book, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood.