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Memorial Day Hours

DC Public Library will be open online only on Monday, May 27 in observation of Memorial Day. The DC Public Library is open online for customers 365 days a year! Access digital resources and watch live and pre-recorded virtual programs on Youtube

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Policies and Rates

If you are interested in renting space at the MLK library, we strongly encourage you to view our policy and guidelines.

Private Event Rental Policy 

Event Rental Guidelines

Private Event Rate Sheet

Event Rental Gallery

Round table with chairs and a tall colorful floral centerpiece

Curious to know how each of the rooms can be configured to fit your event? Take a look at our Event Rental Gallery to gather inspiration from events past and see various room layouts. 

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Event Spaces

5th Floor Event Space & Rooftop

round tables with red and white chairs sit under the awning on the MLK rooftop

With its beautiful views of downtown, this versatile space boasts a spacious rooftop terrace. The flexible walls opening to both the terrace and the pre-event space allows this room to be configured to accommodate a variety of event needs.   

Seated dinner without stage (Capacity: 150)

Seated dinner with stage (Capacity: 120)

Theatre seating (Capacity: 128)

Classroom seating (Capacity 108)

The Auditorium

straight on view of red auditorium seating from stage

From live performances, to lectures, to film screenings, this state-of-the art theater is ready to hold your standing ovations. Pre-function event space is available.

Auditorium (Capacity: 291)



The Conference Center

Front view of 4th floor conference center


401-A (Capacity: 60)

401-D (Capacity: 46)

401-E (Capacity: 46)

401-F (Capacity: 46)

401-G (Capacity: 46)

The Great Hall (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only)

information desk sits in the middle of a large room with marble floor. A mural of Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists hangs above.

History abounds in this large, flexible space designed to make a grand impression. One of the larger event venues in the city, it makes the perfect setting for seated galas, expos, rehearsal dinners, parties and more.

Seated dinner without stage (Capacity: 540)

Seated dinner with stage (Capacity: 420)

Reach out about an event

Thank you for considering Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library for your next event.  For more information or to inquire about availability, we invite you to email us at We will get back to you within 3 business days.

Plan your next event at the epicenter of cultural vibrancy in Downtown Washington. MLK is situated blocks from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and is metro accessible. With state of the art audio-visual equipment, exclusive catering by Occasions Caterers, and a spacious outdoor rooftop, your next event is even more monumental at MLK.

Audiences: Adults
Architectural rendering of the external facade of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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