DC Public Library (DCPL) System

The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) is the public library system for residents of Washington, D.C. The system includes 26 individual libraries including Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (the central library).

The DC Public Libraries have varying hours of operation and all offer a wide range of services. Beyond checking out books, the Library offers adult education/literacy courses, computer courses, tax preparation assistance, college planning services, and services for job seekers. For more information on each specific library branch refer to the DCPL website. Residents of the DC Metropolitan Area can apply for a library card online or in person by providing identification that includes name and address.

Adult Learning Department

The DC Public Library offers adult literacy services through the Adult Literacy Resource Center (ALRC). The ALRC provides literacy services to young adults (16 years +) and adults and is staffed with...
  • 901 G Street NW Washington DC 20001
Service Eligibility: Teens (13-19) Young Adults (20-30)

Books From Birth (Free Books)

The Books from Birth program is open to all children under the age of five who live in Washington, D.C. It mails all enrolled kids in D.C. a free book each month from birth until they turn five. Regi...
Service Category: Goods

Borrow Books, eBooks, & Audiobooks

DC public libraries offer books, eBooks, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and other materials that can be borrowed for free. To borrow materials, you need to apply for a free library card, which can be done onl...
  • 1990 K Street NW Washington DC 20006
  • 3935 Benning Road NE Washington DC 20019
  • 1701 Gales Street NE Washington DC 20002
  • 4200 Kansas Avenue NW Washington DC 20011
  • 1350 49th Street NE Washington DC 20019
  • 115 Atlantic Street SW Washington DC 20032
  • 2301 L Street NW Washington DC 20037
  • 330 7th Street NE Washington DC 20002
  • 4901 V Street NW Washington DC 20007
  • 403 7th Street SE Washington DC 20003
  • 900 Wesley Place SW Washington DC 20024
  • 1801 Hamlin Street NE Washington DC 20018
  • 1800 Good Hope Road SE Washington DC 20020
  • 3260 R Street NW Washington DC 20007
  • 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington DC 20015
  • 416 Cedar Street NW Washington DC 20012
  • 3160 16th Street NW Washington DC 20010
  • 5001 Central Avenue SE Washington DC 20019
  • 5401 South Dakota Avenue NE Washington DC 20011
  • 7420 Georgia Avenue NW Washington DC 20012
  • 155 L Street NW Washington DC 20001
  • 1630 7th Street NW Washington DC 20001
  • 3310 Connecticut Ave NW Washington DC 20008
  • 1547 Alabama Avenue SE Washington DC 20032
  • 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington DC 20016
  • 3660 Alabama Avenue SE Washington DC 20020
  • 901 G Street NW Washington DC 20001
Service Category: Education

Center for Accessibility

The Center for Accessibility is committed to providing customers with disabilities equal access to library resources and services at all DC Public Library branches. The Center for Accessibility staff...
Service Category: Legal

Educator Supports

DC Public Library has an array of special services, online and print resources and enhanced borrowing privileges for educators. Programs include enhanced borrowing with Educator Cards, class visits,...
Service Category: Education

Income Tax Help

Free income tax help provided by members of the library staff.
Service Category: Money

Meeting and Study Rooms

Meeting and Study Rooms The library provides meeting and study spaces for the public for the purpose of disseminating literary, cultural, educational and community information. There are two main type...
  • 1990 K Street NW Washington DC 20006
  • 3935 Benning Road NE Washington DC 20019
  • 4200 Kansas Avenue NW Washington DC 20011
  • 115 Atlantic Street SW Washington DC 20032
  • 2301 L Street NW Washington DC 20037
  • 330 7th Street NE Washington DC 20002
  • 4901 V Street NW Washington DC 20007
  • 403 7th Street SE Washington DC 20003
  • 1801 Hamlin Street NE Washington DC 20018
  • 1800 Good Hope Road SE Washington DC 20020
  • 3260 R Street NW Washington DC 20007
  • 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington DC 20015
  • 416 Cedar Street NW Washington DC 20012
  • 3160 16th Street NW Washington DC 20010
  • 5001 Central Avenue SE Washington DC 20019
  • 5401 South Dakota Avenue NE Washington DC 20011
  • 7420 Georgia Avenue NW Washington DC 20012
  • 1630 7th Street NW Washington DC 20001
  • 3310 Connecticut Ave NW Washington DC 20008
  • 1547 Alabama Avenue SE Washington DC 20032
  • 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington DC 20016
  • 3660 Alabama Avenue SE Washington DC 20020
  • 901 G Street NW Washington DC 20001
Service Category: Goods

Public Computers and Printing

With a library card or DC One Card, customers can print up to 20 pages, per library account, per day for free. Those pages can be in color or black and white. Printing remotely and limited computer a...
  • 115 Atlantic Street SW Washington DC 20032
  • 1800 Good Hope Road SE Washington DC 20020
  • 3935 Benning Road NE Washington DC 20019
  • 5001 Central Avenue SE Washington DC 20019
  • 3310 Connecticut Ave NW Washington DC 20008
  • 3660 Alabama Avenue SE Washington DC 20020
  • 3160 16th Street NW Washington DC 20010
  • 330 7th Street NE Washington DC 20002
  • 4200 Kansas Avenue NW Washington DC 20011
  • 901 G Street NW Washington DC 20001
  • 7420 Georgia Avenue NW Washington DC 20012
  • 1630 7th Street NW Washington DC 20001
  • 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington DC 20016
  • 2301 L Street NW Washington DC 20037
  • 1801 Hamlin Street NE Washington DC 20018
Service Category: Goods

The Labs at DC Public Library

Memory Lab is a personal do-it-yourself digitizing lab where you can digitize your home movies, personal photographs and slides. The Memory Lab offers classes and other resources for your personal ar...
  • 901 G Street NW Washington DC 20001
Service Category: Goods

Virtual Story Time

Story times introduce young children to books, rhymes, music and other fun interactive activities. The library offers programs matched to the typical attention spans and developmental levels of differ...
Service Category: Education
Deanwood Library
1350 49th Street NE Washington DC 20019
Takoma Park Library
416 Cedar Street NW Washington DC 20012
Petworth Library
4200 Kansas Avenue NW Washington DC 20011
Cleveland Park Library
3310 Connecticut Ave NW Washington DC 20008
Woodridge Library
1801 Hamlin Street NE Washington DC 20018
West End Library
2301 L Street NW Washington DC 20037
Parklands-Turner Library
1547 Alabama Avenue SE Washington DC 20032
Anacostia Library
1800 Good Hope Road SE Washington DC 20020
Southwest Library
900 Wesley Place SW Washington DC 20024
Francis A. Gregory Library
3660 Alabama Avenue SE Washington DC 20020
Bellevue Library
115 Atlantic Street SW Washington DC 20032
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (Central Library)
901 G Street NW Washington DC 20001
Chevy Chase Library
5625 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington DC 20015
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library
1630 7th Street NW Washington DC 20001
Library Express
1990 K Street NW Washington DC 20006
Mt. Pleasant Library
3160 16th Street NW Washington DC 20010
Capitol View Library
5001 Central Avenue SE Washington DC 20019
Northwest One Library
155 L Street NW Washington DC 20001
Northeast Library
330 7th Street NE Washington DC 20002
Palisades Library
4901 V Street NW Washington DC 20007
Tenley-Friendship Library
4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington DC 20016
Southeast Library
403 7th Street SE Washington DC 20003
Lamond-Riggs Library
5401 South Dakota Avenue NE Washington DC 20011
Benning Library
3935 Benning Road NE Washington DC 20019
Shepherd Park Library
7420 Georgia Avenue NW Washington DC 20012
Georgetown Library
3260 R Street NW Washington DC 20007
Rosedale Library
1701 Gales Street NE Washington DC 20002