Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Update: DCPL's Center for Accessibility

DCPL's Center for Accessibility helps residents with disabilities more easily access programs, services, and collections at all branches of the library.   The center had been located at the main library.   With the closure of MLK, the center will be relocated and re-open May 8.

The official update:

Dear Community Members, Friends & Colleagues:

As you may already know, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library closed for a complete renovation on Saturday March 4th at 5:30 p.m.

The Center for Accessibility is moving to an interim space located at 1990 K St NW (entrance on 20th Street, between I and K Streets) and will re-open to the public on May 8th. This space will feature accessible computers, a scanner and reader, a videophone, classes, book groups and a host of other services. As a reminder, the Talking Book and Braille Library is a mail service and we are unable to accept digital book returns at the interim location.

American Sign Language classes, Book Clubs in ASL, ASL Story Times, and other deaf and hard of hearing related programming WILL continue as scheduled in neighborhood libraries.

Our main telephone number, 202-727-2142, will not be staffed during this two month period but messages will be returned within 48 hours. In April, there will be a brief disruption in phone and email service while we are in the process of relocating.

JAWS Classes

Beginning Wednesday, March 8 the JAWS classes will be held in March and April at the Tenley-Friendship Library located at 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016. Please note the schedule changes. The classes will be offered from 10:00 AM to 3:15 PM on Wednesdays, and 1:00 PM to 5:15 PM on Thursdays.


After March 4th, hands-on help and orientation sessions to NFB Newsline, and to the Victor Stream and mobile versions of NFB Newsline will have to be scheduled ahead of time.

Starting May 8th our hours of operation will be:

Mon. – Thur. 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fri. and Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

To read more about the MLK renovation please visit

Thank you for your patience.

We look forward to seeing you at our interim space when we re-open on May 8th.

Library Express
1990 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006

Hours of operation:
Mon. – Thur. 8:00-8:00
Fri. and Saturday 9:00-5:30
Telephone: 202-727-2142
Videophone: 202-559-5368

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