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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 

COVID-19 One Year Later: DC Public Library Seeks Items Showing How Life Changed

Archive This Moment DC Relaunched as Annual Initiative

DC residents can help tell future generations how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted them in the past year. The DC Public Library People's Archive is expanding its Archive this Moment DC initiative and asking community members to submit media with descriptions that answer the question, "How has COVID-19 changed your life?"   

Bevy Smith Discusses "Bevelations: Lessons from a Mutha, Auntie, Bestie" at Library

DC Public Library and Mocha Media present “The LITerary Lounge With Mocha” series

Before closing for its modernization, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library hosted book talks that featured authors like George Clinton, Issa Rae, Marion Barry and Luvvie Ajayi. Now, the Library is partnering with the Mocha Media, the partner that helped bring these iconic authors, to launch the "The LITerary Lounge With Mocha" with author and pop-culture expert Bevy Smith.

In the News: The People's Archive and the Real World History Class

Recently, Center for Inspired Teaching donated oral histories to Dig DC, the online portal maintained by the Library’s People’s Archive.

DC Public Library Adds Washington City Paper Archive

People’s Archive to Digitize 1,000 Back Issues

D.C. residents can celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of Washington’s most popular newspapers at the DC Public Library. The Washington City Paper digital collection is being added to the Library’s People’s Archive.  

"So You Want to Talk About Race" Most Borrowed Book by a Black Author

Library releases most popular titles dealing with race by Black authors  

Today, DC Public Library released its list of the most popular titles by Black authors in the past year whose writings deal with race.

D.C. Teens Examine the Intersection of Journalism, Sports and Race

Library and The Undefeated partner to launch “Black History Always”

Black History isn't limited to February. It is a year-long celebration of joy, triumph and beating unimaginable odds. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, District teens will talk with Soraya Nadia McDonald, culture editor at The Undefeated and Ariel Atkins, guard for the Washington Mystics about claiming your voice, taking risks and becoming the change they want to see in the world as part of a new series called, “Black History Always.”

DC Public Library Black History Month Programs

This February, the DC Public Library celebrates the culture and accomplishments of Black people virtually. Throughout the month, District residents will be able to watch discussions, teen poetry and author talks on the Library’s social media platforms.  Teen Tuesday: Open Mic Night Tuesday, Feb. 2, 4 p.m.

Monte Monash Elected Chair of DC Public Library Board of Trustees

Karma Cottman re-elected Vice-Chair

At last night’s DC Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, Monte Monash was elected chair of the DC Public Board of Trustees. Karma Cottman was re-elected Vice-Chair. The DC Public Library Board of Trustees is composed of nine unpaid District residents from Wards around the city who set policy for the library system. The mayor appoints board members. The D.C. City Council confirms them for a maximum of two five-year terms. The Chair and Vice-Chair will hold their offices for two years or until successors are elected.

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.