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Please report the loss at once to any branch library, by phone or in person. You are responsible for materials taken out with the card until the card is reported lost or stolen. The library charges a small fee for a new card.
Online registrations expire after thirty (30) days; otherwise cards expire after three (3) years. If your card has expired, please visit any library location to renew. Library cards can only be renewed in person at any DC Public Library branch. We ask you to renew in person to make sure that we have all of your current contact information.
If you need to update your account information, please visit any library location and staff will help you. If changing your address, make sure to bring identification with you that proves identity and place of residence (see examples of accepted identification). If you have forgotten your PIN, please visit this page to reset it.
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Find an award-winning book to read by visiting the links below. Please note that the library may not always have every title available. Award lists are updated annually.
Place item holds remotely, renew materials, scan books to find them in the library collection, find library locations and much more. Best of all, like the DC Public Library, it's free!
The library offers eBooks for multiple platforms, including Kindle, Nook, and other types of eReaders with the OverDrive app.
We also have presences nearly everywhere you like to play, read and interact online:
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Stream world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and instructional videos from PBS, BBC, History Channel, A&E, National Geographic, Ken Burns and other respected sources.
The Labs at DC Public Library, originally located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, is made up of spaces that give you an opportunity to learn new skills, turn your ideas into action and collaborate with others.
Scroll down for details on what the Memory Lab, Studio Lab Express and Fab Lab can do for you. You can sign up for classes for the Labs online.
The Memory Lab, at Northeast Neighborhood Library at 330 7th St. NE, provides equipment for digitizing home movies and scanning photographs and slides. You can also take classes and find resources for your personal archiving needs.
Orientations are not required but drop-ins are strongly encouraged. You must provide your own storage environment, such as an external hard drive or a Google Drive/iCloud account.
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Studio Lab Express will explore innovative DIY classes, events and experiences focused on exploring, learning about and celebrating the possibilities in photography, videography and music and sound recordings -- from the sparks of ideas to post-production.
The Fabrication Lab -- or "Fab Lab" -- offers programs for all ages in emerging and computer-assisted technologies, along with "maker" tools old and new.
Equipment reservations are temporarily unavailable while an interim space is secured. Sign up for email updates at bit.ly/labsemail and check the MLK Interim Services page for updates on the Martin Luther King Jr. Library modernization and interim services.
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Story time programs introduce young children to books, rhymes, music and other fun activities. Every week the library offers programs matched to the typical attention spans and developmental levels of different ages of children. Library story times incorporate the early literacy skills, such as vocabulary building, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge, that children must master before they can learn to read.
If you think you need to improve your reading, writing and math skills for the GED test, you can call our Literacy Helpline at 202-727-2431 for information about organizations that offer classes. You can also use our directory to find classes as well. Click here for our directory which lists GED and literacy classes.
Call 202-727-1616 for more information about Skills Tutor, Internet-delivered basic reading, math, workforce readiness and "employability" skills for adult learners.