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

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library reopened 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 

Coretta Scott King Medal

Coretta Scott King Award Challenge at Southeast

Celebrate the legacy

Help Southeast Library celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

Summer Challenge 2018

Summer Challenge 2018

Read 20 minutes a day. Every day. (June 1 - Aug. 31)

Take the DC Public Library Summer Challenge Kids, teens and adults can win prizes for reading this summer by participating in the 2018 DC Public Library Summer Challenge.  Reading just 20 minutes each day keeps your mind active and helps you stay engaged over the summer. Every 20 minutes you read or every library event you attend brings you closer to earning great prizes like free food from Chipotle and tickets to Washington Nationals baseball games.

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New Lamond-Riggs Library to be Built

The design process for the new Lamond-Riggs Library is underway. Click here to learn more about this exciting project.

New Cleveland Park Library

Library Opens June 16, 2018 10:30 a.m.

The new Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, opens June 16. Join Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Cheh, Councilmember Grosso, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan and members of the Library Board of Trustees for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. followed by a day of family friendly festivities to celebrate the new Cleveland Park Library. Learn more about the project at

Read Feed

Bored with your reading options? Feel like you've read all there is to read of a particular subject? DC Public Library is here to help. Click here to find personalized recommendations and online book clubs, or scroll down for staff-curated readings lists.


Please note: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library located at 901 G St NW is closed as of March 4, 2017 for modernization. Central library interim services will take effect on May 8, 2017 unless otherwise stated.

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Samanta Schweblin, "Little Eyes"

Review of Little Eyes, Samanta Schweblin Book of the Month, Dec. 2020 Written by Las Comadres Book Club member, Gustavo L.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to Remain Closed Thursday

Neighborhood Library Locations to Open Thursday

On Thursday, Jan. 21, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, located at 901 G St. NW, will be closed. All other library locations will be open. The Library will also be open for virtual programming. Visit or the Library’s app for digital content.

Rosanne Tolin

Author Interview: Rosanne Tolin

Blair Mushala interviews the author of "More Than Marmalade: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear"

Teen Council employee, Blair Mushala, interviews Rosanne Tolin, the author of More Than Marmalade: Michael Bond and the Story of Paddington Bear. Blair talks to Ms.