Library Hour Changes Frequently Asked Questions

Why did library hours change?
The change in hours is the result of a nearly 11 percent or $4.8
million budget reduction. While the library is facing a tough budget
year, we are committed to keeping the library open for as many hours as
possible. Seventy percent of the library’s budget is spent on staff,
and most staff serve the public directly. Reducing this cost means
reducing the hours libraries can be open. Even with the reduction,
library service is available to District residents seven days a week.

What are the new hours?

  • All neighborhood libraries will be closed on Sundays beginning October 11.
  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will be closed on
    Monday and Tuesday mornings, opening from noon – 9 p.m. on those days.
  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will be open on
    Sundays all year long. Previously,  MLKML was open on Sundays from 1– 5
    p.m. between Labor Day and Memorial Day. MLKML is accessible by all
    Metro lines and several bus routes.

What can I do the help the library?
The library is always in need of support. We have a growing number of
volunteers who do wonderful work, and we welcome more. We use
volunteers to teach classes, conduct workshops, shelve books and  much
more. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail us or call 202-741-5803.

Will the hours be restored in the future?
At this time, we do not anticipate library hours being restored.

What will happen to programs or meetings?
We will continue to have programs and events. They will be scheduled
during the hours that the library is open. You can continue to attend
or book meetings at MLKML and neighborhood libraries during the hours
the libraries are open. Additionally, we will continue to provide the
books, technology and other library materials that people expect from
their library.

Will hours be further reduced if there are more budget cuts?
We don’t know.  We are hopeful that library hours will not need to be
reduced further.  If the library’s budget is further reduced, we will
need to look at a range of reductions.