History of DC Public Library now in Dig DC

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

History of DC Public Library now in Dig DC

Access digitized photographs from the DC Public Library Archives

Happy National Library Week! What better time to let you know that selected photographs from the DC Public Library Archives have been digitized, cataloged and published? You can access the images in Dig DC, the DCPL Special Collections website for digital content.

The photographs document the evolution of the District’s public libraries from the turn of the 20th century through the end of the 21st and include images of library buildings, events, staff and services. Some of the highlights include images of the former Central Library at Mt. Vernon Square, the construction and opening of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in the early 1970s, library bookmobiles, and architectural drawings and models (including some for libraries that were never built).

Look for more materials, including library "home movies" scheduled for digitization from film this summer, to be added to this collection in the near future.

Image of the circulation desk at the District of Columbia Public Library Central Library, circa 1920s from the DC Public Library Archives, DC Public Library Special Collections.