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Update on MLK Library Renovation

Jan 30, 2018 08:39PM
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, D.C.’s central library, is undergoing a complete modernization with the new library scheduled to open in 2020. The new flagship library will house a spectacular new, vibrant 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; newly designed special collections space for researchers and research enthusiasts and a roof top event space with terrace.

The $208 million rehabilitation, once complete, will become the center of activity for the already vibrant Chinatown area. The library closed on March 4, 2017, and construction has been ongoing.

To watch the progress of the reconstruction and learn more about the entire process, visit


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