Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library is the DCPL branch I visit most often. It is just a few blocks from my work, and I’m there about once a week. MLK is DC’s “central library” with a larger building and collection than the neighborhood libraries and reference librarians who are subject specialists. It’s also kind of ugly.
Okay, that’s probably unfair. The building is historic, designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1972. If Wikipedia is to be believed, it’s the only library he ever designed, which is pretty cool right there. There is a great, big mural in the lobby depicting the library’s namesake.
The collection is good though, and there have been some interior renovations that make the space a little friendlier (like the Children’s Room on the second floor that was redone a few years ago). There is also an awesome new Teen Space, but I didn’t get a good picture.
I spend most of my time in the “Popular Library” however – home to the Fiction collection, DVDs, and the holds shelf. I put lots of books on hold, and then all I have to do is swing by and pick them.
Today’s pick-up? Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethaa.