DC Public Library's Special Collections

DC Public Library's Special Collections

Collections Available by Appointment at the Newseum and Library of Congress


The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, D.C.'s central library, is closed for a three-year major modernization.  Washingtoniana reference services at the Newseum closed on June 29, 2018, and will reopen at an interim location, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW, in Fall 2018. Email and phone reference requests will be suspended until we reopen in our new location. For immediate assistance with non-reference related questions, please call 202-727-1199.

The DC Community Archives and other archival collections are also available by appointment at the Library of Congress. Please see the Special Collections Interim Access and Services page for more information.

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