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 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.

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 will provide:

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 Special Collections

(Washingtoniana and Black Studies)

The majority of Special Collections will be accessible by appointment at the locations below.

  • The Newseum 6th and C Streets NW (Group Entrance)
  • Library of Congress (Newspaper and Current Periodicals Reading Room) 101 Independence Ave. SE
  • Georgetown Library Peabody Room 3260 R St. NW, 3rd Floor

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. 

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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. 

Interim plans for the Fab Lab have been finalized:
Fab Lab Pop-Up at NoMa

The neighborhood North of Massachusetts Avenue (NoMa), will host the Fab Lab Pop-Up (1150 First St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002), a maker space housed in a shipping container. It will offer classes and workshops involving 3-D printing, laser cutting, sewing machines and more. Construction and exterior painting are in progress. This location is anticipated to open in 2018.

Fab Lab

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, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machines, 3-D Scanning, Laser Cutters, Hand Tools, Power Tools, IoT (Internet of Things) Devices and Sewing Machines.
The design for this space is underway. This location is anticipated to open in 2018.

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Passport Office

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.

Extended Hours at Branch Libraries

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.

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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 Visitation

The 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.

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