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Service Alert

The Bellevue/William O. Lockridge Library is closed temporarily through Tuesday, June 18 for major repairs to the HVAC system. The book drop will be locked. Due dates and hold expiration dates will be extended. 

Arthur Capper TechExpress is closed for critical repairs to the HVAC system. The Department of General Services has completed their assessment, identified the issue and ordered the necessary parts. Once the parts arrive, they will require two days to complete the repairs. Based on this timeline, the earliest that TechExpress will open is Monday, June 24. The Book Return will remain locked. Hold expiration dates and item due dates for items on hold or checked out from this location will be extended.

Are you planning an event?  DC Public Library has partnered with the DC Office of Planning to bring you their Event Lending Library to the Labs at MLK Library. The Lending Library has two (2) kits that supplies equipment to host a party, meeting or other event being held in a public space.

Discover the “Culture & Heritage” or “Play & Socialization” kits for your next gathering. Kits are available by reservation only. A completed Labs Participant Release Form (bring your valid government-issued ID and DC Public Library Card) and reviewing the Labs Safety Guidelines are required before borrowing the kits.

  • An active DC Public Library card is required.
  • Completing a Labs Participant Release Form is required.
  • The loan period for the kits is seven (7) days.
  • Check-out and check-in is 1 p.m. through 5 p.m. only, check-out and check-in is not available on holidays or when the Labs are closed. 
  • Items in kits shall be returned in the same condition and free of any debris, normal wear and tear excepted, as when borrowed.
  • Staff may not assist in the transportation of kits and their items.  

Lending Library items are under the Tool Library guidelines, found here.  

Please be aware that the MLK Library has limited metered street parking. Allow extra time to look for street parking and to transfer items to and from your vehicle. We recommend bringing a friend and a rolling cart to assist with transporting the borrowed items.

The DC Office of Planning encourages DC residents to make use of DC’s public parks, neighborhood plazas and other open spaces for their community needs and gatherings. 

Loan a Event Supplies Library Kit (7 day loan).

Event Supply Kits

Culture & Heritage Kit

Suitable for 15-20 people. 

Supports gatherings that celebrate music, art, architecture, food and cultural history. Can be used to hold outdoor movie showings, community meeting, mini music performances, etc.

Item Quantity
Generator 1
Screen 1
Projector 1
Cooler 2
String Lights 2
Trash Cans 2
Astro Turf 1
Easel 1


Play & Socialization Kit

Suitable for up to 100 people.

Supports sports and social gatherings. Can be used to hold community block parties, kid's birthday parties, outdoor office lunch times, etc. 

Item Quantity
Easel 1
Foldable ADA Ramp 1
10' x 10' Tent - Blue Top 1
Folding Chairs 2
Storage Bins - Large/Small (currently unavailable) 2
Sheer Curtains 2
Folding Tables 1

Resources for Planning Events in Public Space

Audiences: Adults
Type: DIY/Makers
Lending Library by OP & DCPL: Tables, Lights, Generator, Tents, Chairs and Easels. Reserve with your library card today.

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