Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library closed on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for modernization: Interim services for the MLK Library (including the Library Express location, Special Collections, and the Memory Lab) will begin on Monday, May 8, 2017. Please refer to for more information on interim services.

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Free To Be... Revisited

If you were a child of the 70's and 80's like me, you may have grown up with Free to Be...

Master Builders: African American Architects in the Nation's Capital

Are you interested in the local history of the Nation’s Capital? Are you interested in African American history? Are you interested in the architecture of Washington D.C. and its history? Special Collections of the D.C. Public Library is excited to present a program to the community that combines these interest areas.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

You don’t have to be Irish to join in the fun this Saturday, March 16!  We’re having a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at 3 p.m. in the Children’s Room at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. 

Open Mic Poetry Night

Calling all local poets! Join us at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. for an open mic poetry reading. Come and have fun while sharing your talents and creativity with your fellow D.C. library patrons. All are welcome. We only ask that everyone keep their poetry clean.

Discovery D.C.: Art and Your Perceptions

'The Age of Insight' and the art of Jacob Lawrence

On Wednesday, March 13 at 4 p.m., join the group in Teen Space to discuss seeing and perceiving and the art of Jacob Lawrence. In his book The Age of Insight, neuroscientist Eric Kandel focuses on how we see and perceive, and how we respond to works of art.

Pop!: Meet Jamela

Pop! Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  It is devoted to photographically documenting the sartorial narratives of patrons who visit the library. Please email My Nguyen for more information.Meet Jamela.Gorgeous hair + a rad band t-shirt are an unbeatable equation in comfortable cool. Jamela, 26, does it with untouchable elegance. A D.C. native and aspiring TV producer, she has written for a Youtube comedy series called "The Lunch Break," and prefers Biggie over Tupac. Read more after the jump.

'American Tapestry,' a book by Rachel Swarns

The Story of Michelle Obama's Multiracial ancestry

Please join us in the Black Studies Center on March 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM for this very special author talk.

Morehouse College Glee Club to Perform at MLK Library

Morehouse College Glee Club in Concert

 The District of Columbia Public Library is proud to present its annual concert featuring the Morehouse College Glee Club.Join us on Friday, March 22 for DCPL’s annual concert of magnificence featuring The Morehouse College Glee Club, from Morehouse College in Atlanta. 

Papal Election 2013

As most folks know (unless you’ve been asleep for the last week or so) Pope Benedict XVI retired as head of one of the world’s oldest institutions – The Roman Catholic Church.

7 Up, Part 8

If you have never viewed Michael Apted's monumental Up documentaries, now is the time to do it.