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.

Camping in the Library

On September 27, as part of the fun programs we offer every Sunday in the Children's Department, we got to go on a camping adventure in the library. It's important to be prepared, so we started our adventure by gearing up. Each child wore a backpack full of the essentials - water, a snack, bug spray, matches and a flashlight. Then we were ready for a hike around the library. After our hike, we rested by our campsite and started building a "fire". We lit our matches and had a nice roaring fire in no time. Then came out the marshmallows.

Martin Luther King Jr. Library Closes Early Oct. 7

Library to Close at 8 p.m.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will close at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7 for extermination. The library will re-open at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.   

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DC Legendary Musicians Ceremony and Jam Session

Celebrate DC's legendary R & B musicians with an official proclamation and live music

On October 31 from 2 to 5 pm, the DCLM (DC Legendary Musicians) band returns to the Great Hall at the MLK Memorial Library to celebrate and honor DC's professional musicians and performers, past and present, with an official reading of a letter from Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. A scroll of professional musicians will be presented to DCPL's Special Collections, followed by a live jam session!

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Information Antics

A Reading List

Banned Books Week is drawing to a close, but the Information Antics exhibit will be on display at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library through October 22. Here's a reading list to accompany the show, featuring fiction and nonfiction dealing with the ways in which information and data can shape the world. Fiction:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read!

Happy Banned Books Week!   DC Public Library invites you to celebrate the freedom to read with us during Banned Books Week (9/27-10/3).  

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Tuesday Night Movies

A Weekly Film Series for Adults at 6pm In Auditorium A-5

Don't miss these Tuesday Night Movies! October 6 Avengers: Age of Ultron  Our superheroes return to fight Ultron (James Spader) in this rousing sequel. Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johannson and Don Cheadle. Directed by Joss Whedon. 141 minutes. 2015, PG-13


You're talking too loud, I can't hear myself think!

Quiet Please....

We've all heard them before - the person who tries to dominate every conversation.  These conversations could be in our home life or our professional life.  It could seem that in a world of constant clamor, and loudness, that these varied characteristics may possibly be a major contributor to what some would call the "drowning out of the introvert", which we'd probably notice if we could only stay quiet enough to hear it.

Spectator at Home Rule hearing, 1972, from the Washington Evening Star

New oral history collections added to Dig DC

DC Public Library is proud to announce the publication of three new oral histories in Dig DC, the online portal to DCPL Special Collections.  The collections include:   Milepost to Self-Government Oral History -  first person accounts of the quest for DC Home Rule from leaders of the fight for self-government

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DC Punk Archive Anniversary Basement Show - the Q & A

Musicians' literary habits are revealed!

The DC Punk Archive's Anniversary Library Basement Show is Thursday, October 1st 

Cover of Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch shows a map of London with parts outlined in red

Fantasy for Adults: Beyond the Bestsellers

Fantasy is big in pop culture these days.