Interim Services During MLK Library Modernization
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, D.C.’s central library, closed March 4, 2017 for three years for a major modernization. To learn more about the modernization, please visit the MLK Future page.
Interim library services began Monday, May 8, 2017, and will continue until the re-opening of the MLK Library in 2020. For questions about interim services, please call 202-727-0321.
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 will provide:
- Adult Literacy Resource Center
- Computer Training Lab
- Center for Accessibility
- Holds pick up and a small collection of popular books and other library materials
- Public access computers including six accessible computers
(Washingtoniana and Black Studies)
The majority of Special Collections will be accessible by appointment at the locations below.
- Library of Congress (Newspaper and Current Periodicals Reading Room) 101 Independence Ave. SE
- Georgetown Library Peabody Room 3260 R St. NW, 3rd Floor
- Washingtoniana reference services at the Newseum closed on June 29, 2018, and will reopen at an interim location, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW, in Fall 2018. Email and phone reference requests will be suspended until we reopen in our new location. For immediate assistance with non-reference related questions, please call 202-727-1199.
To schedule an appointment, visit the Special Collections appointments page. For more information about access to the collections during the MLK Library Modernization, visit the Special Collections Access and Services page.
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.
Interim plans for the Fab Lab have been finalized:
Fab Lab Pop-Up at NoMa
The neighborhood North of Massachusetts Avenue (NoMa), is host to the Fab Lab Pop-Up (1150 First St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002), a maker space housed in a shipping container. It offers classes and workshops involving 3-D printing, laser cutting, sewing machines and more.
The Fab Lab at NoMa opened its doors at 11:30 a.m. on June 26, 2018, thanks to the generous support of NoMa BID, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Uber, and the DC Public Library Foundation. Space for the project was provided by Tishman Speyer
The Fab Lab, a Do-It-Yourself fabrication space, will be located in the Franklin D. Reeves Municipal Center (2000 14th St. NW, First Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009). Equipment includes: 3-D Printers, Laser Cutters, Hand Tools, Power Tools, and Sewing Machines.
The design for this space is underway. This location is anticipated to open in 2018.
The Passport Office, co-located with the Fab Lab (2000 14th St. NW, First Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009), will process new passport applications. The design for this space is underway. This location is anticipated to open in 2018.
With the exception of Library Express, all library locations will have extended hours by opening at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings.
The new operating hours for most locations are listed below. Please double-check the hours for your desired library location.
The DC Public Library is expanding outreach with a newly created Outreach Department that will provide services throughout the city beyond the library locations.
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Public Computer Access
An additional 50 laptops will be dispersed to branch locations to accommodate increased traffic. The renovated Capitol View Library will feature 44 public-access computers including a computer instruction lab.
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Video VisitationThe video visitation service for families of individuals in the D.C. Jail will move from MLK Library to Capitol View Library when it re-opens after its exterior renovation.
The service will remain at Anacostia Library. Hours for video visitation at the Anacostia Library have been extended. For more information, please contact staff at Anacostia by email or by phone at 202-715-7707.