A new café with comfortable seating enables customers to re-charge. Low shelving preserves views to an outdoor area and connects the library to the neighborhood.
A more welcoming entry vestibule offers clear sight lines into the stairwells, helping customers find their way. The addition of a light well, brings natural light into the lower level.
The Great Hall will be transformed into a vibrant hub of activity. Swinging glass doors replace the brick wall below the historic mural to reveal a new performance space. This space can accommodate a wide range of events from lunch-time concerts, to evening lectures and musical performances.
I attended the April 2015 Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association breakfast and heard that you're doing away with the loading dock in order to bump out from the back of the lobby. I also understand that you're planning to have multiple exhibition spaces throughout the building. If you're planning to bring in exhibitions from outside, I suggest keeping a loading dock of some sort. I work for an organization that has displayed... more »
Since we have a lot of homeless people at the MLK branch and since they benefit from FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE, they will answer that it does not matter to them that the interim library is not WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE; this will cause the survey to be slanted. I CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY TRANSPORTATION and need a library with free scanning and computer access within walking distance. Please send comments to my e-mail address;... more »
The most recent draft building plan was released in October, with ideas and priorities for the renovated MLK Library.
What do you think?
The Reeves Center is metro accessible,
A mini maker space reintegrating the vacant space.
Visiting more than one interim location to get what you need?
Walking more than two city blocks from the Metro? Taking the bus instead of the train to get to the library?
Walk? Drive? Metro? Taxi? Bike? Uber? All of the above?
An interim library for MLK could be one space or multiple spaces. Would you rather:
Have fewer library programs or services all in one place ...
Have more library programs and services separated among multiple locations
What do you use the library for and why?
Do you check out books? Attend events? Use computers? Hold or attend meetings?
Is MLK your neighborhood library? Is it convenient to work or weekend activities?
I think it would be great if the library were able to offer a digital preservation drop-in center, where patrons can seek advice on best practices of managing their digital files and archives. If that drop-in center included a lab, where people can find the equipment to retrieve the content on their old floppies, or get help with other digital preservation actions, that would be even better.
The library renovation is a great opportunity for DC to showcase innovative energy efficient building technologies. It would be a great way to educate the public indirectly about advanced building technologies, plus it would make the facility more comfortable (too hot in there today!) and reduce energy bills. Will the project plans ultimately incorporate more aggressive sustainability measures than what is detailed in... more »