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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.

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)

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)

Seated dinner in pre-function area (Capacity: 190)


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)

Reach out about an event

Thank you for considering Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library for your next event. We invite you to fill out our event inquiry form and we will get back to you within 48 business hours. For more information or to inquire about availability, email

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

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