FEDLINK Orientation to Federal Libraries and Information Centers Series:

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library

Thursday, June 19, 2014

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

(View meeting announcement)

 

The District of Columbia’s public central library is a hub of downtown activity that attracts people who live and work in the District and visitors from around the world. The library specifically serves the nearby neighborhoods, including Chinatown, Penn Quarter, and the Downtown Business District, and can be accessed by all five Metro lines.

 

All of the District of Columbia Public Libraries’ support offices and administrative staff are housed at the   Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library. In addition there are seven frontline public services departments located there: Popular Services; Digital Commons; Children and Teen Services; Information Services; Adaptive Services; Adult Literacy and Special Collections, which houses the Washingtoniana Collection, and Black Studies Center.

 

Designed by renowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (the only Mies library in the world!), the building first opened its doors in 1972. The building is 433,036 square feet and consists of four floors above grade and two floors below including an underground parking garage. The upcoming renovation of the 40-plus-year-old structure is generating lively debate about the role and purpose of a 21st century central library and impassioned opinions about the Mies design itself.

 

The tour of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library will include a look at the Digital Commons Area, a visit to the Special Collections Department, a peek into the Adaptive Technology and Services Department, and a discussion of the Library’s renovation plans.

 

Date

Thursday, June 19, 2014

 

Time

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please plan to meet in the G Street entrance lobby of the Library at 12:45 pm.

 

Place

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library

901 G Street

NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Metro/Directions

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library is easily accessible from Metro’s Gallery Place station on the

Red, Green, and Yellow lines and the Metro Center station on the Red, Orange, and Blue lines.

 

Sponsor

FEDLINK Education Working Group

 

Information

Call FEDLINK (202) 707-4813

TTY (202) 707-4995. Request

ADA accommodations five business days in advance at [log in to unmask].

 

Registration

Free, but advanced registration is required. Click here to register. Limited to 30 attendees.

 

Cancellations

Please notify FEDLINK at(202) 707-4813 if you cannot attend to allow those on the waiting list an opportunity to register.