Digital Commons at MLK
Welcome to the virtual space for DC Public Library's Digital Commons. In this space, library staff share news, tutorials, tech picks and events going on in the Digital Commons and the Washington, D.C. area.
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NEW: Winner of Dream Lab logo contest
The Digital Commons is located on the first floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. While it houses more than 70 computers, the Digital Commons is not just a computer lab: It offers computers loaded with software like the Adobe Creative Suite; access to tools like a 3-D printer and an Espresso book machine; and enhanced meeting rooms and gathering spaces aimed at encouraging creation and innovation.
The Digital Commons meeting rooms are spaces that can be reserved through our online reservation system. The larger Dream Lab collaborative space can be reserved by members. For more details on becoming a member, read our Co-working Space Policy and Procedures. You can also access the Dream Lab application.
You can use the Digital Commons to:
- Meet with other independent workers for coworking
- Test drive tablets and e-readers before you buy ...
- ... And learn how to use your new tool once you have it
- Work with a librarian to publish an out-of-print (or your own) novel
- Have conversations with others at the Skype station
- Organize a meeting to brainstorm ideas
- Other ideas we haven't thought of yet
Want to know more about the lab or a particular feature? Find out more by contacting us.
Check out our calendar for a list of Digital Commons events, including Adobe Creative Suite tutorials, 3-D printing and modeling classes, Vine tutorials and more.
The winner of the Dream Lab logo contest has been announced. Congratulations Ian Barin!
In the coming weeks, this space will offer news, tutorials and fascinating pieces from the tech world. Our staff will kick the tires and test new technologies (and books) so that you can go right to the good stuff.
What is the Digital Commons?
Digital Commons, located on the first floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, is more than a computer lab – it is a gathering space for collaboration and innovation.
What does the Digital Commons offer?
- 16 iMac Computers
- 60 PCs
- 4 iMac Creative Stations with Adobe Creative Suite Software
- 3-D Printer
- Digital Bar to test-drive tablet computers
- Dream Lab collaborative space with smart boards and video conferencing capability*
- Skype Station
- Espresso book machine
- Seating with power outlets for 140 customers
- Video Phone
- Download station (Coming Soon!)
Yes. We encourage it!
What do I need to use the 3-D printer?
A library card, a filled-out form and your object formatted in an .stl file.
Printing costs are $.05 per gram (of object's weight) plus a $1 charge. It will be charged to your library account. (Most prints range from $1-$5.)
What types of rooms are available to reserve and how do I reserve them?
The Digital Commons offers 4 meeting rooms that can be reserved via our online reservation system. The Dream Lab is open collaborative space with tables, chairs, power, WiFi, SMART boards, a projector and a DVD player.
How long can I reserve a meeting room in the Digital Commons?
Meeting rooms can be booked up to 30 days in advance for periods up to 4 hours per session. This does not include space in the Dream Lab.
How do I reserve space in the Dream Lab?
Workspace in the Dream Lab is reserved to members on a first-come, first-served basis during open hours Monday-Friday until 5 p.m.
How do I become a Dream Lab member?
Small organizations, groups and individuals using information technologies to develop and sustain new ventures can apply using the Dream Lab application form. Membership applications require a commitment of one hour of programming per month related to IT or digital literacy, and must be resubmitted every six months for renewal.
Does the Library offer AV support if I reserve a meeting room?
Use of audio visual equipment requires library pre-training and certification. For training and pre-certification details, email the Digital Commons.
- Co-Working Space and Dream Lab Policy
- Dream Lab Application
- 3-D Printing Policy
- We will add an Espresso Book Machine printing policy as soon as we get it up and running!
The Digital Commons team is made up of DC Public Library staff. You can get more information about our use policies online and talk to a real person by emailing us or calling 202-727-0321.