The Labs at DC Public Library

The Labs at DC Public Library

Learn. Make. Collaborate.

The Labs at DC Public Library
In late May, the Labs at DC Public Library will open at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

The Labs at DC Public Library are:
 
Digital Commons Dream Lab
Fab Lab Studio Lab
Each space gives you an opportunity to learn new skills, turn your ideas into action and collaborate with others. Click the logos above or scroll down for details on what each space can do for you.

And watch this space for new developments!

What's Happening

Click to see a list of upcoming events at the Labs at DC Public Library.
 

Digital Commons

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 an Espresso book machine; and enhanced meeting rooms and gathering spaces aimed at encouraging creation and innovation.

Want to know more? Head to dclibrary.org/labs/digitalcommons.

Dream Lab

The Dream Lab is a collaborative, shared space for small organizations, groups and individuals using technologies to develop and sustain new ventures. All Dream Lab Members must be a DC Public Library cardholder.

In exchange for free co-working space in the Dream Lab, each individual or organizational members is required to provide a minimum of one (1) hour of public programming per month related to information technologies and/or digital literacy.

Curious? Find out more at dclibrary.org/labs/dreamlab.
 

Fab Lab

The Fabrication Lab -- or "Fab Lab" -- opened May 29 with Mayor Muriel Bowser. It will offer programs for all ages and will be open for space reservations for customers ages 13 and older.

All participants will have to sign a waiver and go through basic orientation before using; specialized orientations are required to use additional equipment such as:
  • laser cutters
  • Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines
  • soldering equipment
Find out more at dclibrary.org/labs/fablab.

Studio Lab

The Studio Lab will open in early Summer. It has three components:
  • Digital Production Lab
  • Voiceover Studio
  • Main Production Studio
The Studio Lab will offer programs for all ages and will open reservation space for customers ages 13 and older.

All participants will have complete a waiver and go through basic orientation. 

Get more information at dclibrary.org/labs/studio.