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ABOUT THE MLK JR. MEMORIAL LIBRARY MODERNIZATION:

Following a seven-year focus on improving the infrastructure of its library system, including refurbishing, rebuilding or renovating over fifteen branch libraries, the DCPL is undertaking a major modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library, at 901 G St. NW.

With the aim of creating “a world-class library for the 21st century,” the Library has developed a Library Building Program guided by four principles:

●   Balance the joy of reading with space for innovation, creation, collaboration and technology.

●   Showcase the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

●   Respect the building’s historic designation and the industrial, modern style of the original architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

●   Create a space that is bright, open, flexible and welcoming for all.

In short, the Library aims to go beyond a library that is merely transactional – a place where you go simply to check out a book – to create a library that truly transforms lives – a world-class library for the 21st Century. For more information on the MLK modernization, visit: https://www.dclibrary.org/mlkfuture; to view final designs visit: https://www.slideshare.net/DCPublicLibrary/mlk-final-designs

ABOUT PUBLIC ART AT THE MLK JR. MEMORIAL LIBRARY:

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library celebrates public art as a tool for learning, growth, and community connection. Permanent art in the Library building will honor Dr. King’s legacy and love of books by enhancing spaces for lifelong learning that are welcoming and accessible to all. This is the portal to apply to public art opportunities at the Library.