MLK Library Now Open with Limited Services

MLK Library Now Open with Limited Services

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After a three-and-a-half-year renovation, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is now open with limited services. 

See and enjoy the newly modernized library from the comfort of their own home with a 360-degree virtual tour. 

Narrated by DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan, the virtual reality tour takes viewers through all six floors of the modernized library.  Examine all angles of the Library's iconic new spaces, including:

  • The Grand Reading Room 
  • The Great Hall & the Martin Luther King Jr. Mural 
  • The New Children's Library 
  • The Alma Thomas Teen Center 
  • The Auditorium & Conference Center 
  • The Rooftop Reading Garden and
  • The Monumental Stairs 

View the video below or on the Library's YouTube and Facebook channels. This video has been made possible in part by the DC Public Library Foundation.

Tips for viewing:

  1. Look for the compass icon in the upper left of a video to tell you that it’s a virtual reality experience.
  2. Start playing the video.
  3. Use your mouse to click and drag the video to look around the space.

Learn more about the art and science of photography by participating in STEM Time with these at-home activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Opening Celebrations

On Thursday, Sept. 24 the virtual opening ceremony was held 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 followed the ribbon-cutting. Relive the experience on the Library's Youtube channel. View photos from the ceremony here.

Continue to celebrate with us by joining the virtual festivities online. There’s something for all ages to enjoy.

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
  • Apply for a library card
  • Print services
Daily hours are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 3 - 6 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