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.
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:
- Adult Literacy Resource Center
- Computer Training Lab
- Center for Accessibility
- Holds pick up and a small collection of popular books and other library materials
- Public access computers including six accessible computers
(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.
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 Pop-Up at NoMa
The neighborhood north of Massachusetts Ave. (NoMa), is host to the Fab Lab Pop-Up (1150 First St. NE), a maker space housed in a shipping container. The space offers classes and workshops including 3-D printing, laser cutting, sewing machines and more.
The Fab Lab at NoMa is made possible through the generous support of NoMa BID, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Uber, and the DC Public Library Foundation. Space for the project was provided by Tishman Speyer
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.
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.
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 VisitationThe 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.