Special Collections Access & Services

Special Collections Access & Services

During the MLK Library Modernization

Collections available at Washingtoniana at Van Ness until April 7, 2020. 

The following collections will be available for walk in visits. Please request an appointment if you would like collections pulled before your visit by e-mailing wash.dcpl@dc.gov or calling 202-727-1213.  

  • Evening Star Photo Collection (by subject only)
  • DC Historical Image Collection  
  • Vertical Files 
  • Book Collection​ 
  • ​Microfilm
    • ​Historic Building Permits (1877-1949)
    • City directories (1822-1973)
    • Haines Criss-Cross directories (1974-present)
    • Telephone directories (1907-present)
    • Historic D.C. Newspapers
    • Tax assessments (1874-2010) and Lusk’s sales directories are accessible.
    • Genealogy Materials - Print resources and D.C. marriage records (microfiche) are accessible.

Collections Available by Request

The following collections will be available for use by appointment only. Request an appointment by e-mailing archives.dcpl@dc.gov or calling (202)727-2272.

From April 8, 2020 until May 15, 2020 these collections will be available for viewing at the Peabody Room by appointment. From May 15, 2020 until the renovated Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library reopens, the collections will not be available. 

Collections available at the Peabody Room

See collections available at the Peabody Room

Black Studies Center

Select books from Black Studies Center are available for check out at Woodridge Neighborhood Library