DC Public Library is your neighborhood coworking destination. From supporting your day-to-day work with flexible workspaces to growing your skillset to get that promotion to striking out on your own and starting your first business, the library has the spaces, services and resources for all the ways you work.
DC Public Library has a variety of flexible (and free!) spaces that provide just the change of scenery you need for your workday.
Each library has a variety of tables and chairs and lounge areas with ample outlets for keeping your device charged. Many libraries also have outdoor spaces like patios, balconies and even an Instagram-worthy rooftop garden at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Click the link above to find a library near you.
Need a quiet space to focus, a place to set up a call with your remote team a collaborative space to meet in person? DC Public Library has a variety of study and meeting rooms that can accommodate solo work and meetings. Many rooms are also outfitted with collaborative tools like whiteboards and AV for hybrid meetings or presentations. All you need is a current DC Public Library card to reserve a room at a library near you.
Creative and Technology Driven Workspace
The Labs at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library have creative and technology-driven workspaces where you can record audio for your podcast, make a 3D print of your latest prototype, design a logo with Adobe Creative suite and more.
Have a Power Lunch
Marianne’s Café by DC Central Kitchen at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is open when the library is open so you can get caffeinated for your morning meeting, catch up with a colleague over lunch, snag an afternoon snack and more.
Events and Workshops
Expand your skill set through our many events and workshops designed to help tackle some of the pain points you might face in your work.
The Library offers a variety of free computer classes on Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive and more to help you master everything from pivot tables in Excel to wowing everyone with your next Google Slides presentation.
Design and Technology Classes
The Labs at MLK Library offer regular orientations and trainings on the technology and equipment in their spaces from 3-D printing to Adobe Creative Suite.
The Library partners with organizations like the Department of Small and Local Business Development's Innovation and Equitable Development (Inno.ED) team, DC Human Resources and the DC Small Business Development Center at Howard University to provide one on one assistance, career workshops and small business planning courses.
Utilize our free services to help keep the operations side of your work running smoothly.
Access free WiFi at all 26 DC Public Library Locations.
Free Printing, Copying and Scanning
You can print, copy or scan up to 20 pages a day at no cost with your DC Public Library Card.
Public Access Computers
Each library has public computers available for up to 70 minute sessions - or if you just need to look something up quickly, 15 minute express sessions!
The Labs at DC Public Library offer computers specifically outfitted to support design and audiovisual production with applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
In addition to the many physical books available for checkout, DC Public Library offers a suite of online business resources to help you achieve all of your work-related goals, including:
- Professional Development | Grow your skillset with online courses, explore new career paths, draft a stellar resume or prepare for your big interview!
- Entrepreneurship | Do you own a small business or are you considering starting one? Learn about how to start a business and create a business plan with your library card.
- Business and Market Research | Analyze business trends, do a deep dive on your customer demographics, keep up with current events in the business world, keep abreast of new best practices in management and more with a variety of databases and news publications.
Access all these and more with your DC Public Library card under Research & Learn. Simply filter by topic for "Business & Finance" or "Job & Career."