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Public Libraries, DC
The District of Columbia Public Library is a vibrant center of activity for residents and visitors in the nation’s capital. The library provides environments that invite reading, learning and community discussion and equips people to learn all their lives, to embrace diversity and to build a thriving city. We are proud to be a recognized force in the community for engaging the mind, expanding opportunities and elevating the quality of life.
Meeting Rooms – Meeting rooms are available at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and most neighborhood libraries.
Computer Classes – We offer free computer classes that provide hands-on training to adults. We'll make you more confident when using computers in the library, at work, at home or when looking for a job. Most classes are held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing: 2 hours
PC Basics: 2 hours
Word I Basics: 2 hours
Word II Intermediate: 2 hours
Excel I Basics: 2 hours
Excel II Intermediate: 2 hours
PowerPoint Basics: 2 hours
Web I Basics: 2 hours
Web II Intermediate: 2 hours
E-mail Basics: 2 hours
HTML Basics: 2 hours
Health Literacy: 2 hours
Job Searching on Monster.com: 3.5 hours
Microsoft Office 2007 Online Tutorial
Please consult the library calendar or the Computer Class Calendar brochure to find a class.
Contact: Desire Grogan
Phone: (202) 727-1298
Adult Literacy Resource Center – DC Public Library offers adult literacy services through the Adult Literacy Resource Center, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 300.
Learn More about Adult Literacy Programs
Job Seekers – This easy-to-use website provides information for job seekers of every type, whether you need to start out by creating a résumé, prepare for an interview or start your job search.
Wi-Fi – Find out about wireless Internet in the library.
Adaptive Services – The DC Public Library, through its Adaptive Services Division, helps the deaf community, visually impaired, older adults, veterans and injured service people better use the library.
DC Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
- Descriptive Video Collection
- BARD: Downloading Digital Books and Magazines
Library Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources
- Free American Sign Language Classes
- Deaf Culture Programs
- Deaf Community Links
L-STAR Library Services to at-Home Readers
Library materials by mail for persons who are temporarily or permanently unable to leave their homes because of age, disability or illness.
Adaptive Technology Program – provides ATs for people who need to use them in order to access the library's programs and services. We provide CCTVs at selected branches and divisions of the DC Public Library, and specialized as well as standard ATs in the Adaptive Services Division at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Free training is available in the Adaptive Services Division to teach the basics of using ATs.
List of Adaptive Technologies (ATs)
- AT Training Program
- Saturday Technology Training Sessions bi-monthly user group
- Adaptive Services Interest Group AT professional meet-up
- Accessibility DC monthly meet-up
- AccessibilityCampDC annual Un-conference
- Adaptive Technology Tips and HintsOonline AT tutorials
- Adaptive Services Internet Classroom – learn ATs on your own
- Accessibility Hackathon Project
- Maker Mondays
- Tech Talk Tuesdays
- iPad Accessibility Tip Sheet
- Audio-Video Archive
Contact Adaptive Services:
Room 215, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. N.W., Washington, DC 20001
Video Relay Service: 1-866-570-7364, ask for Janice Rosen
Captioned Telephone: first dial 1-877-243-2823, then enter 202-727-2255
Income Tax Assistance – Find out about free income tax assistance at the Martin Luther King Library.
Library Store – The library store offers used books, greeting cards, postcards, posters and small gifts for sale. Sale proceeds are used to buy new books and materials for the library.
Get a Library Card –Apply online or at any DC Public Library.
Borrowing Materials – Find out more about borrowing and returning books, DVDs and CDs.
Computers and Printing – Learn about public computers and printing at the library.
In Your Neighborhood – The library has branches in 24 neighborhoods. Find out more about what’s happening at your neighborhood library:
- Capitol View
- Chevy Chase
- Cleveland Park
- Dorothy Irene Height/Benning
- Francis A. Gregory
- Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park
- Mt. Pleasant
- Northwest One
- Takoma Park
- Washington Highlands
- Watha T. Daniel/Shaw
- West End
DC Public Libraries Main Branch:
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library