Construction Updates

Construction Updates

The Future of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library BuildingMLK Library Building

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, at 9th and G streets NW, will have a major modernization to meet the needs of D.C. residents.  The building, designed by modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is a designated historic landmark.  The DC Public Library is now exploring what’s possible for this historic building, and what it would take to make it a spectacular central library for the city. 

Learn more about the plans.

Share your ideas about what you would like to see in a newly renovated MLK Library.

New and Renovated Libraries - Library Building Program

DC Public Library is building and renovating libraries across the city to provide state-of-the-art library services. To date, 15 libraries have been completely rebuilt or renovated. Two more are in the process of being replaced or renovated. Check out the many awards the completed projects have received.

The library developed a Library Building Program to guide the design of these projects.  View a one-page summary of the program. While the program is modified to fit the particular needs of each community, it outlines key components that are critical to all libraries.

Future of Library Services and Facilities

Francis Gregory Exterior ViewAs new libraries are opening across the District, library staff are examining the future of library services and facilities.  The DC Public Library has developed a report that will help guide the Mayor and the City Council in planning and decision-making for future library construction projects.  Read more about the report.

Green Buildings
The library is building environmentally friendly and sustainable libraries. Read more about the library’s green designs.

Community Input

Community input is a critical part of the design process and the library has sought feedback in a numbers of ways:

  • Community participation on architect selection panels
  • Community meetings to get feedback during the design process
  • Focus groups and surveys to learn what services a community values most
  • Outreach at neighborhood meetings
New Libraries

Completed Projects