MLK Library Reopens with Limited Services on Sept. 24

MLK Library Reopens with Limited Services on Sept. 24

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After a three-and-a-half-year renovation, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will reopen on Sept. 24, 2020 with limited services. 

Celebrate opening week by joining us for a variety of wonderful virtual programs. 

Join us on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. on the Library’s Youtube channel for the opening ceremony featuring remarks and ribbon cutting by The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C., Gregory McCarthy, Chairman of the Board of the DC Public Library and Richard Reyes-Gavilan, DC Public Library Executive Director. A musical performance by Howard University a capella group Afro Blue will follow the ribbon cutting.

Celebrate with us all week long by joining the virtual festivities online. There’s something for all ages to enjoy.

Monday, Sept. 21
4 p.m.: Little STEM Explorers Storytime: Construction

Tuesday, Sept. 22
3 p.m.: Virtual Story Time at MLK
7 p.m.: Disability Visibility: A Conversation with Alice Wong and Jessica Slice 

Wednesday, Sept. 23
Noon: Black Culture in the Deaf Community 
3 p.m.: Events with the Labs: Crafting at Home with the Smithsonian

Thursday, Sept. 24
10 a.m.: Adult Learning Department Information Session
2 p.m.: A Feel for Books:  Adult Learners Book Club
4 p.m.:
Discussion on Design: The Modernization of the MLK Library
6 p.m.: Singing and Dancing Around the MLK Library 

Friday, Sept. 25
6 p.m.: Pajama Story Time at MLK
6 p.m.: Author talk with Tiffany Cross

Saturday, Sept. 26

1 p.m.: Know Your Power Awards Ceremony
2 p.m.: Know Your Power Little STEM Explorers Story Time: Transportation

There are even more great virtual events, view the full calendar here.

Visiting the Library

At the Library, you will be able to:

  • Pick up materials on hold
  • Return all materials
  • Borrow grab & go materials
  • Access public computers (45-minute sessions)
  • Apply for a library card
  • Print services
These services will be available from 1 - 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. The Library will be closed for cleaning from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

After opening day, daily hours will be Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 3 - 7 p.m. All library locations are closed for cleaning 2 - 3 p.m. each day.

Peer Outreach at MLK Library

The Peer Outreach Program at DC Public Library engages with library customers experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Find more information on how to connect with a Peer Outreach Specialist at MLK Library here.

New Spaces at MLK

The newly revitalized space will include over 200 thousand new books, vast rows of public computers, D.C. history, power tools, music recording space, a rooftop garden and much more. 

From the outside, it's the same iconic building that first opened in 1972. But take a closer look and you'll see that within the brick, steel and glass is a 20th Century Library with a well-deserved makeover.

While we countdown to opening day, please enjoy the Library at home by exploring virtual programs and digital selections

To learn more about the history of this modernization project, please visit the MLK Modernization page