The Labs at DC Public Library

The Labs at DC Public Library

Learn. Make. Collaborate.

The Labs at DC Public 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.

You can sign up for orientations for the Fab Lab and Studio Lab by clicking the links.

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.

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Dream Lab

We are not accepting new Dream Lab applications at this time. The Dream Lab will relaunch in a few months with a revised mission and policy. Current members can continue to use the Dream Lab, but will need to reapply on the relaunch date.

You can find out more about the Dream Lab at

Fab Lab

The Fabrication Lab -- or "Fab Lab" -- opened May 29 with Mayor Muriel Bowser. It offers programs for all ages and is 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 cutter
  • 3-D Printer
  • Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines
  • DI-Wire
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Studio Lab

The Studio Lab has three components:
  • Digital Production Lab
  • Voiceover Studio
  • Main Production Studio
The Studio Lab will offer programs for all ages and is open for reservation space for customers ages 13 and older for rehearsal space and video and photography spaces.

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

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