May 16, 2022

DC Public Library Identifies Temporary Spaces for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library During Three Year Modernization

From the DC Public Library:

The DC Public Library has identified temporary spaces in preparation for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library modernization.

The Library is interested in creating a 5,800 square-foot temporary library at 1990 K St. NW. The lease for the space was negotiated by the Department of General Services. The Library Express location would include a computer training classroom; 8-12 public PCs; space for Adult Literacy and Center for Accessibility services; a location for holds pick-up; and a small collection of books.

The Library is also seeking to lease 24,125 square feet of office space at the same 19th and K St. NW location. The Department of General Services has sent this lease to the City Council for approval. If approved, that space will house the DC Public Library’s administrative offices. Locations for back-of-house services like managing and distributing the Library’s collection citywide are being explored with the Department of General Services.

In addition to opening an interim location, the Library plans to enhance services at libraries citywide and increasing outreach services during the central library’s modernization.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is scheduled to close for modernization in 2017.  When it reopens in 2020, the library will feature a new fifth floor; innovation spaces; special collections, adult, teen and children’s reading rooms; and event and meeting spaces. To learn more about the modernization, click here.

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