Interim Services During MLK Library Modernization

Interim Services During MLK Library Modernization

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, D.C.’s central library, closed March 4, 2017 for a three-year major modernization. To learn more about the project, please visit the MLK Future page

Interim library services are offered until the re-opening of the MLK Library in 2020. For questions about interim services, please call 202-727-0321.

Outreach Department | Public Computer AccessVideo Visitation


Library Express 
1990 K St. NW (Entrance for Library Express is on 20th St. NW between K St. and I St.)

Library Express is a small downtown location that provides:

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 Special Collections

 Washingtoniana materials are now accessible by appointment at the Van Ness location at 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. 

For hours and to schedule an appointment, visit the Washingtoniana page. For more information about access to the collections during the MLK Library Modernization, visit the Special Collections Access and Services page. 

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 The Labs

The Memory Lab provides equipment for digitizing home movies and scanning photographs and slides. The Memory Lab is located in the Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th St. NE. 

Studio Lab Express provides access to audio recording services and post-production services for video, audio and music. Live music recordings cannot be accommodated. Studio Lab Express is located in the Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 

Fab Lab

The Fab Test Lab, a Do-It-Yourself fabrication space, is located in the Franklin D. Reeves Municipal Center at 2000 14th St. NW. Equipment includes 3-D printers, laser cutters, hand tools, power tools and sewing machines. 

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Passport Acceptance Office

The Passport Acceptance Office is co-located with the Fab Test Lab at 2000 14th St. NW, First Floor.

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The DC Public Library is expanding outreach with an Outreach Department that provides services throughout the city beyond the library locations.

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Public Computer Access

An additional 50 laptops have been dispersed to branch locations to accommodate increased traffic. The newly renovated Capitol View Library features 44 public-access computers including a computer instruction lab. 

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Video Visitation

The video visitation service for families of individuals in the D.C. Jail is available at Capitol View Library and  Anacostia Library. Hours for video visitation at the Anacostia Library have been extended. For more information, please contact staff at Anacostia Library by email or by phone at 202-715-7707.

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