Special Collections Interim Access & Services
Unique Washingtoniana collections and reference materials—those not readily available at other local institutions—are accessible during the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library modernization. Visit Dig DC online to see our digitized collections. Please sign up for the Special Collections email list to receive announcements about interim services, events and new collections.
Location and Hours
Washingtoniana reference services open at an interim location, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018.
Appointments can be scheduled Tuesday or Thursday between 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.; and on the first and third Saturday of the month. We also have walk in hours between 2 -- 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
The following collections will be available for use during walk in hours. Please request an appointment if you would like collections pulled before your visit by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (202)727-1213.
Evening Star Photo Collection - All subject folders are accessible onsite. Biographical folders must be requested in advance. Contact staff for more details.
DC Historical Image Collection - Entire collection is accessible.
Vertical Files - All subject files are accessible.
Book Collection - Washingtoniana books focusing on neighborhoods and not duplicated at the Historical Society are accessible. To see the selected titles, go to the catalog at dclibrary.org and check "Washingtoniana Library" under Library.
Historic Building Permits (microfilm) - Permits from 1877 to 1949 are accessible.
Directories (microfilm) - City directories (1822-1973), Haines Criss-Cross directories (1974-present) and telephone directories (1907-present) are accessible.
Historic D.C. Newspapers (microfilm) - Historic local newspapers not available digitally are accessible on microfilm.
Tax Assessment Directories (microfilm) - 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 email@example.com or calling (202)727-1213. Please allow three days for transporting collections to our interim space.
- D.C. Community Archives - All processed collections with finding aids are available by request.
- Washingtoniana Periodicals - All periodicals are available by request.
- Yearbook Collection - All yearbooks are available by request.
Collections available at the Peabody Room
The Black Studies Center
University of the District of Columbia, Mason Law Library
4200 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Public visitors must sign in with photo ID.
Open hours (subject to change): Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 - 8 p.m.
Reference hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Howard University Law Library
2929 Van Ness St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Public visitors may use materials within the library.
Hours (subject to change): Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
For books, maps, periodicals and other resources related to Washingtoniana or Black Studies:
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20540
Public visitors over age 16 must register for a Reader Card with photo ID.
Local History and Genealogy Reference Center (Jefferson Building)
Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room (Madison Building)
George Washington University, Gelman Library Washingtoniana Center
2130 H Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20052
Call in advance regarding public access.
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