“When the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library closes for modernization in mid-2017, District residents will have more hours at their neighborhood libraries. DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan made the announcement last night at the first of eight community meetings on the plans for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and for library services during construction.
In his presentation, Reyes-Gavilan outlined the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library modernization project¹s history, timeline and most recent design images. When the $208 million transformation is complete, the Library will become the center of activity for the already vibrant downtown area. The building will feature a new, inspiring, and transparent entryway; sculptured monumental stairs; large auditorium and conference center; creative spaces for fabrication, music production and art creation; ground level café with patio; double-height reading room; large, interactive children¹s space; expanded special collections space for researchers and local history enthusiasts, and a roof top event space with terrace.
After the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library closes in spring 2017, neighborhood libraries which are currently closed on Thursday mornings will open at 9:30 a.m. In addition to opening a Library Express location at 19th and K St. NW and expanding operating hours at all neighborhood libraries, many items that are unique to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and books that are in good condition will be available at the District¹s 25 neighborhood libraries. (more…)