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 a three-year major modernization. To learn more about the project, 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 provides:

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 Special Collections

(Washingtoniana and Black Studies)

The majority of Washingtoniana is now accessible by appointment at an interim location, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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. 

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). Equipment will include: 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 late Spring 2019.

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Passport Acceptance Office

The Passport Acceptance Office, will be co-located with the Fab Lab (2000 14th St. NW, First Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009), and will process new passport applications. The design for this space is underway. 

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The DC Public Library is expanding outreach with an Outreach Department that provides services throughout the city beyond the library locations.

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Public Computer Access

An additional 50 laptops have been 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 open at Capitol View Library when it re-opens after its exterior renovation.

Video Visitation remains at Anacostia Library. Hours for video visitation at the Anacostia Library have been extended. For more information, please contact staff at Anacostia Library by email or by phone at 202-715-7707.

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