Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library closing on Sundays

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From a press release:

“Beginning October 2, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, located at 901 G St. NW will no longer be open on Sundays.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library new hours will be: Monday-Tuesday noon-9 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

It is the Library’s priority to have the library open as many hours as possible. When faced with having to reduce library hours as a result of the FY2012 budget, closing the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Sundays, as difficult as it is, was the least painful option.

The Library’s local FY2012 budget was reduced from $35.2 million in FY 2011 to $34.4 million. Increases to provide staff and operate the new libraries opening in the next fiscal year were offset by cuts to the book budget and other areas; ultimately creating a loss of $700,000.

Library users can place books on hold, download electronic books, research electronic databases, and use live online homework help through the Library’s website at during and after library hours.”

10 Comment

  • Oh no! Where will the hobos masturbate on Sundays?

    • The last time I visited the MLK library (admittedly several years ago) I took the stairs instead of waiting for the very slow elevators. Big gross mistake – used condom was lying on the floor. Ugh!

      • It’s true. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think I were kidding about the hobos. The library is generally pretty good, and the Washingtoniana Room is pretty fantastic. The problem is that hobos use the library as a toilet, among other things, and it’s become a relatively unpleasant place to go, especially on a Sunday.

        Shutting this thing down on Sundays really isn’t such a terrible thing (unless you’re a hobo).

  • This just seems like a terrible solution to an understandable problem. I get that DC libraries can’t afford to be open 24/7. But we have at least a dozen branch libraries around the city, so I don’t get why they can’t have 2-3 open on Sundays but closed on one other day. The budget impact would be neutral, and people would at least have the option of traveling a little further and using the library seven days a week.

    They already do this with late hours – some branches are open late on Mon/Wed, some on Tues/Thurs, so most days you can find a nearby branch that is open after work. Why can’t this happen with Sundays?

  • I miss libraries. kids believe anything they read on the web and have no idea what the dewey decimal system is let alone how to use it… sad, really. i appreciate that my friends with kids make it a point to get library cards for them… i think it’s still very important

    • Maybe, but it’s also important to keep some perspective:

      1) Libraries are still around, so you don’t have to miss them.
      2) Books are often inaccurate, too.
      3) Dewey is obsolete like the slide rule.
      4) Your friends with kids prove my first point.

  • This sucks. Thanks for posting. I actually only go on Sundays on my way home form my “long” walk to the mall. : ( Thanks for posting.

  • MLK is a disgrace of a library. The one (and only one) we had in Lawrence, KS is infinitely better. And why you have to go through a metal detector to get a book is anybody’s guess.

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