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.

A Scrabble Club at MLK?

Your thoughts on a Great Hall Scrabble Hour

Would you be interested in playing in a Great Hall Scrabble Hour? Can you visualize these marble halls as tables of participants match their vocabulary and their wits?

Leading a Life of Balance Through Meditation

Learn meditation and relaxation techniques. Tuesday, June 18 in Room 221. In this busy, fast-paced world, a balanced life often seems like an elusive commodity. Join Ms. Karin Silverman as she presents effective methods for creating a more satisfying lifestyle including harmonious relationships and a deep sense of peace.

Book Review: 'The Audacity of Hops'

The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution

Tom Acitelli's The Audacity of Hops: The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution has a lot to offer beyond its catchy title and is sure to quench your thirst for beer knowledge. The growth of craft beers in this country has been swift over the past 30 years.

'The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears' by Dinaw Mengestu

Book Review

Author Dinaw Mengestu brings the dislocation and feelings of relative isolation of Sepha Stephanos, an Ethiopian immigrant, to life. The horrific circumstances of the protagonist's departure from his home country at a tender age are detailed, and his encounter with the established Washington, D.C.

CONNECT 4: Sam Scharf

You may have noticed new sculptures at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. This is the third project in the CONNECT 4 collaboration with CulturalDC and Flashpoint Gallery.

'Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party'

The Black Panther Party: A Book Discussion

Please join us in the Black Studies Center at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2 for a discussion of the new book Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr.

Clothes Encounters

A Free Clothing Swap at MLK

In partnership with Martha's Table, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is hosting a free clothing swap on Saturday, June 15.Bring at least two items of clean, gently used clothing, pair of shoes, or accessories you no longer want between June 7-June 15 to the Popular Services division (Rm. 110). Get free, new-to-you clothing, shoes and accessories in exchange!

Celebrate the Summer Solstice: Friday, June 21

Kids' edition

What is the summer solstice?  Also called "midsummer," it is the longest day of the whole year! All over the world and since time began, people have celebrated this extra long, extra special day. 

'Nice Companies Finish First'

Book Review

What makes a successful, transformative organization? What kind of leadership guides an organization making it stand out amongst its rivals/peers?  What qualities in management inspire employees to do the best that they can do and make their organization shine?

Wellness Workshops--Second Tuesdays

June 11 at 12:30 p.m. outside Room 220

It is almost time for another of our Wellness Workshops, presented by the American Diabetes Association here at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.