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.

There's a Cherry Tree in the Children's Division!

Spring blossom update

At last, the tree in the hall just outside the Children's Division has burst forth in blossoms, revealing its true identity -- it is a cherry tree!  Just like the famed Washington, D.C. cherry trees that are blooming along the Tidal Basin.Enjoy the history and beauty of the District's favorite flowers at home or all year-round with these great children's books:

Teen Staff in the Spotlight

The endless intrigue of Brandon Digwood

The graphic novels he excels at may be full of mystery, adventure and no small dose of suspense -- as is Mr. Brandon, the man himself!  I was fortunate enough to snag a few top-secret words with him ... which I then leaked to this website.  Shhh, don't tell!So, Mr. Brandon -- is that your undercover alias, or am I not allowed to know?

Financial Literacy: Can I Afford My Life?

Budgeting, Credit Repair, Debt Managemen, and Wealth Building

The DC Public Library and Capital Area Asset Builders present a seminar on financial literacy. Topics include:budgetingcredit repairdebt managementwealth buildingother financial education topics.We meet April 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Auditorium, room A-5. Call us at 202-727-1161 or visit us online. 

'Back of the House: The Secret Life of a Restaurant'

When a food writer who is also a clinical psychologist writes a book about one of the country's top restaurants, the result is a foodie's delight, a resource for anyone who wonders what being a top chef really involves; and if the writer is Scott Haas, a great read full of equally great insights into the people. 

Here Comes April

Showers, Rabbits and a Multi-lingual Chicken

Begin Spring by reading a story about a sure thing: Showers in the month of April.George Shannon with illustrators Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey create a chorus of dancing frogs exhorting the joys of getting soaking wet.  Although the frogs “do what’s right” and ‘play by the rules,” danger lurks when a snake comes shimmering by.

Children Not Allowed in the Library -- Imagine That!

Can you imagine not being able to come to the library as a child? Before the early 1900s, this was the case in most public libraries, and children could not enjoy library resources like adults.

Trialogue 2013 : Neighborhood Poetry Collaboration

Three Cultures, Twelve Poems, One Focus - Passions

Emancipation Day Author Talk with Jefferson Morley

Discussion of 'Snow-Storm in August'

On Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m., acclaimed author Jefferson Morley discusses Washington City, Francis Scott Key, the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835, and how this gripping chapter of slave history relates to Emancipation more than two decades later.

Furies: War in Europe 1450-1700

Lauro Martines takes on the challenge of discussing one of the long forgotten periods in European military history in his newest book Furies: War in Europe 1450-1700.