In the News: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Reopening

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In the News: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Reopening

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will reopen on September 24 after undergoing a complete modernization. The transformed flagship library now features:
  • a spectacular new, vibrant and transparent entryway
  • sculptured monumental staircase
  • a large auditorium and conference center 
  • creative spaces for fabrication, music production and art creation 
  • ground level café with patio
  • double-height reading room 
  • newly designed special collections space
  • a roof top terrace
The $211 million rehabilitation has positioned D.C.’s central library to become the center of activity for the already vibrant downtown area. Below are news stories about the The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library's modernization.

Check it out: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library's overhauled flagship set for fall reopening
The Washington Times
3/10/2020
Libraries are long past the age when they were just a place to check out books.

Press Release: Library to Transition Interim Locations, Shift Schedule for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Reopening
The DC Line
3/11/2020
In preparation for the reopening of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in the fall, today the D.C. Public Library announced the schedule to begin moving services back to the District’s central library.

Mostly Virtual Arts Round Up, June 18, 2020
The Georgetowner
6/18/2020
This free online Spotlight on Design program on June 24 at 9 a.m. focuses on the nearly completed transformation of D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, which opened in 1972. Participating in this prerecorded event: D.C. Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan; Francine Houben, founding partner/creative director of Mecanoo Architecten; and Gary Martinez, FAIA, partner at OTJ Architects.

America’s libraries are essential now — and this beautifully renovated one in Washington gives us hope
The Washington Post
7/15/2020
If you want to understand the abject failure of America, look to its libraries.

MLK Library will reopen in September, giving D.C. a renewed central hub
The Washington Post
7/17/2020
One million books. Vast rows of public computers. Six stories of D.C. history, movies and games, art supplies and power tools and music, all of it free to browse and borrow.

DC's MLK Public Library Boasts New Renovations And Artwork
WAMU Radio
7/23/2020
The imposing black cube that is D.C.’s central public library is scheduled to reopen to the public on Sept. 24, after a three-and-a-half-year, $211 million renovation.

The MLK Library Will Reopen This Fall With Recording Studios, A Slide, And Rooftop Views
DCist
7/23/2020
The imposing black cube that is D.C.’s central public library is scheduled to reopen to the public on Sept. 24, after a three-and-a-half-year, $211 million renovation

A New Chapter At D.C.'s Public Library
The Kojo Nnamdi Show
7/29/2020
The D.C. Public Library has completed a three-and-a-half-year, $211 million renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, and the critics are loving it. The main branch boasts dramatic art, winding staircases and a rooftop garden. There’s even a slide in the children’s reading room.

Here's a look inside the newly renovated MLK Library
WUSA9
7/31/2020
The wait is almost over. D.C.’s Central Library, which is named after Martin Luther King, Jr., is less than two months away from reopening after a three-year renovation. One of the big highlights is a rooftop reading garden for visitors. We got a sneak peek at what’s to come.