Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Transformation of the District's iconic central library

Take a virtual tour of the MLK Jr. Memorial Library Modernization.

The modernized library will reopen with more than 100,000 square feet of additional space for the public. Visitors to the renovated flagship building will enjoy a new, inspiring and transparent entryway; sculptured monumental stairs; large auditorium and conference center; creative spaces for fabrication, music production and art creation; ground level café with patio; double-height reading room; large, interactive children’s space; expanded special collections space for researchers and local history enthusiasts; and a roof top event space with terrace.

Now that the $211 million restoration and modernization is complete, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library is poised to become the center of activity for the already vibrant downtown area.

Social Services
The DC Public Library provides support to many of the District’s most vulnerable populations.

Individuals experiencing homelessness

  • Staff at neighborhood libraries have received additional training and support to accommodate increased traffic at these locations.
  • The Library is partnering with day shelters to provide library service in shelters.
  • Coffee & Conversation, a program for people experiencing homelessness, is being offered at several neighborhood libraries.
  • The Downtown Day Services Center, at 1313 New York Ave. NW, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Individuals can access case management services, laundry facilities, showers and computers, as well as food on-site. The Day Center also offers connections to employment services and help with housing. 
  • The D.C. Department of Human Services has arranged for transportation to be provided from 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday - Saturday, on a loop beginning at 801 East Men’s Shelter (2700 Martin Luther King Ave. SE) and stopping at the following locations each day:
    • Adams Place Day Center, 2210 Adams Place NE. Individuals can access case management services, laundry facilities, showers and computers, as well as eat breakfast and lunch on-site. The Day Center also offers connections to employment services and help with housing. 
    • Minnesota Ave. & Benning Rd. NE. Individuals can take advantage of employment services at the Department of Employment Services, access computers and other library services at the Benning (Dororthy I. Height) Library and health care services at the Unity Health Care Clinic.
    • Church of the Epiphany,1317 G St. NW. The Church of the Epiphany operates as a transit point for downtown destinations. 

Outreach
The DC Public Library is expanding outreach through a newly created Outreach Department to provide services throughout the city beyond the library locations.

(Last updated: May 2020)