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

Neighborhood Libraries

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 currently under construction, and the design process will begin for another three in 2015.

New Libraries

  • Capitol View: Design work to begin in 2015

Completed Projects

  • Palisades: Design work to begin in 2015

Check out the many awards the completed projects have received.

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

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