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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 

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.

DC Public Library Closed Tuesday and Wednesday for Inauguration

All DC Public Library locations will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 19 and Wednesday, Jan. 20 in support of the District’s preparations for Inauguration Day. The Library is open for virtual programming on Monday and Tuesday. Visit or the Library’s app for digital content. Additionally, Mayor Bowser announced the District’s use of Nixle for the 59th Presidential Inauguration. HSEMA, in coordination with the United States Park Police, will issue updates on public safety, street closures, weather alerts, transit updates, and more. To sign up, text INAUG2021 to 888-777.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Closed

Beginning Wednesday, January 13, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, located at 901 G St. NW,  will be closed until further notice.

Statement from Richard Reyes-Gavilan Regarding the Death of Judge Francel Trotter Bellinger

DC Public Library is saddened to learn of the passing of Francel Trotter Bellinger. Judge Bellinger was a passionate, lifelong advocate for library services in the Capitol View and Marshall Heights communities. The original and the beautifully modernized Capitol View Library are a testament to that passion. We are proud to honor her legacy in the library and share it with visitors for many years to come.

What DC Public Library Customers Read in 2020

Reading has long been shown to help people cope with anxiety, learn new skills, make sense of troubling times and practice self-care. The top reads at the DC Public Library in 2020 show customers exploring and adjusting to this year’s events. Below are the most popular titles by type and format.

Library Shifts Operations to Takeout Model

The DC Public Library has shifted operations at its locations to comply with Mayor’s Order 2020-127 and support the District’s efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.

Get Holiday Tips from the DC Public Library

eBook, eVideo and online courses being curated around themes

This year will be very different for people who are used to traveling or gathering in large groups for the holiday season. For some, this year may be the first time cooking a holiday meal at all, or in a long time. For others, holiday games and activities may have been someone else's strong suit.

DC Public Library Releases Facilities Master Plan

Next Libris will inform building investment through 2030

District residents may see more changes at libraries across the city, including the possibility of new locations in areas without Library service over the next decade. Today, the DC Public Library unveiled Next Libris, its new Facilities Master Plan that guides the next ten years of planning for library buildings across the city.  Highlights of the plan include:

Library hosts a month of programming centered on "Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations"

Mira Jacob's graphic novel on race and identity focus of 2020 DC Reads

Novelist Mira Jacob's son is half-Jewish and half-Indian. At age six, he started asking questions about what he saw on the news, like the riots in Ferguson, Missouri following the murder of Michael Brown. Talking to her son and relatives about race made Jacobs realize that there aren't easy answers to growing up as a person of color. She documented many of those conversations in what became the graphic novel "Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations."