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The Center for Accessibility

The Center for Accessibility assists individuals with disabilities to access programs, services, and collections at all branches of the DC Public Library. For information about requesting accommodations, including sign language interpreters, please visit the DC Public Library Accommodation Statement.
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DC Public Library is Expanding Hours:

New Morning and Evening Hours Start Monday, November 14th
On Monday, Nov. 14, DC Public Library is adding 15 more hours of operation at libraries across the District, increasing opportunities to visit the library in the mornings and evenings. These added hours will give you more time to pick up books after work, make it easier to reserve a room for community meetings, provide more opportunities to build your skills with workshops and so much more! What more will you discover at the library?

The updated hours are as follows:

Neighborhood Libraries

Anacostia, Bellevue, Benning/Dorothy I. Height, Capitol View, Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, Francis A. Gregory, Georgetown, Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff, Mt. Pleasant, Palisades, Parklands-Turner, Petworth, Shaw/Watha T. Daniel, Shepherd Park/Juanita E. Thornton, Southeast, Southwest, Takoma Park, Tenley-Friendship, West End, Woodridge
  • Monday - Wednesday | 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 
  • Thursday | 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
  • Friday - Saturday - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday | 1 p.m. -5 p.m. 

Libraries Co-Located with a DPR Recreation Center

Deanwood, Northwest One, Rosedale
  • Monday - Wednesday | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thursday | Noon - 8 p.m. 
  • Friday - Saturday | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday | 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Central Library* | Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library

  • Monday - Thursday | 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Friday - Saturday | 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday | 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
*Note that some departments at the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library have different hours 
Adult Learning
  • Monday - Thursday | 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Friday - Saturday | 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday | CLOSED
Center for Accessibility
  • Monday | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday - Thursday | 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
  • Friday - Saturday | 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday | CLOSED
People’s Archive
  • Monday - Thursday: Noon - 7 p.m.
  • Friday - Saturday | 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday | CLOSED

You can see the library's current hours here.  Please note that these new hours will not affect the library's holiday schedule. You can view those here.

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Sign and Read with Us!  ASL Story Time, Tuesday, November 8th at 11:30 AM – In Person at MLK Library

Join us in person in the Children’s Room on the 2nd Floor at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library for American Sign Language (ASL) Story Time with Librarians Ms. Janice and Ms. Rachel!
Janice will sign in ASL and Rachel will read aloud from a fun book, then teach some signs from our story, and how to sign the song “The More We Get Together.”

Even though the program is designed for ages 2-5, all children are welcome.

*An ASL/voice interpreter will be provided.

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Poetry Open Mic Night at MLK, Thursdays November 10th and December 8th at 6 p.m. – ASL Interpreted!

If you are a poet, come and share your poetry! Not a poet? Recite or sign your favorite poetry! MLK Memorial Library invites the community to a poetry open mic night series! This is a free event open to the public and attendees of all ages are encouraged to attend and participate.

Participants are asked to keep poetry to no more than 3-5 minutes and keep content PG-13. For questions or concerns please contact Adult Services at  

*ASL/voice interpreters will be provided.  For other reasonable accommodations, email; or call 202-727-2142.

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Adult Services Interest Group (ASIG) Meet-up
Thursday, November 10th, 11 a.m.

Do you have questions about accessibility or assistive technology in universities and libraries and want to share your problem solving process? The Adaptive Services Interest Group (ASIG) of the District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA) is holding another meeting on Thursday November 10th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. over Zoom.

ASIG will support conversation on strategies and best practices for accessibility services at libraries and other institutions. Invited are librarians, accessibility and assistive technology professionals and users from around the DC/MD/VA area who want to problem solve in a shared environment. Please feel free to share this announcement appropriately. Topics of discussion could include any of the following:

  • Universal Design
  • Best practices in virtual services due to Covid
  • Are there audio loops incorporated into the design of buildings?
  • What types of effective communication are offered to the public?
  • Distributing adaptive technology service remotely
  • Marketing adaptive technology services to different communities
  • Converting materials to alternative formats
  • Evaluation of new adaptive technologies
  • Reports from national AT conferences
  • Local AT resource providers
  • Cloud-based AT notetaking solutions (e.g., Glean,,
  • Smartpens (e.g., Livescribe),
  • Built-in options (e.g., Microsoft, Google)
  • Tools for executive functioning (e.g., Tiimo)
  • Best practices in virtual services due to Covid
  • The move of AT to personal devices

To register for the Zoom Meeting, email or call 202-727-2142 to request a link.

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Center for Accessibility Assistive Technology (AT) classes 

Would you like to learn, or teach, JAWS, VoiceOver, TalkBack or Braille? Students and volunteer trainers are welcome to register at the DC Public Library Center for Accessibility for fall assistive technology (AT) classes. 
The Center for Accessibility at DC Public Library sponsors AT classes both remotely and in-person. The in-person classes are held on the second floor, Room 205 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and include Braille, JAWS for Windows, VoiceOver for iPhone and a TalkBack for Android drop-in clinic.

Remote AT training is held by phone or Zoom. Remote Volunteer Trainers and students both needed.

The in-person classes started September 28th and will finish December 10th. Braille classes began October 15th

Please call 202-727-1335 or email to register. The schedule for in-person classes is:
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - JAWS Keyboarding 
For those not yet comfortable using a standard keyboard, or key combinations, without sight. 
12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. - JAWS Intro 
Learn to use word processing software, internet browsers, email, and book downloading with JAWS. 
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - JAWS Intermediate 
More advanced students get as close to one-on-one help as possible with projects.
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - VoiceOver Intro 
An introduction to VoiceOver for iPhone, device orientation, gestures, and settings. 
2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - VoiceOver Intermediate 
More advanced students get as close to one-on-one help as possible with projects. 
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Android Talkback drop-in clinic 
This is a drop-in clinic. Bring your Android device and questions and we will try to find an answer. 

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Book and Music Club
This is an opportunity for students to share their favorite books and music and get practice using youtube and Bard to look up information about books and music.
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - JAWS Drop-in clinic 
This is a drop-in clinic. Bring your questions about JAWS for Windows and we will try to find an answer with our team of volunteers.
12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - Braille Intro 
Learn the Braille alphabet and practice using slate, stylus, and Perkins Braillers. 
*Please note:  There will be no classes or programs for the week of Thanksgiving. All programming will resume the following week.  


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ASL Book Club Wednesday, November 30th at 6:00 p.m.

Do you love to read and talk about books?  Are you interested in participating in an online book discussion in American Sign Language?  If so, this book club is for YOU!  

Come join us for an ASL Book Club on Zoom every other month on a Wednesday evening from 6-7 p.m.

The ASL Book Club is facilitated by Janice Rosen, Librarian, Center for Accessibility.

To receive the link, email the Center for Accessibility at

NOTE:  Even if you do not know sign language, you are welcome to join us. Voice and automatic captioning will be provided.

The book for November 30th is A Burning by Megha Majumdar
"After a fiery attack on a train leaves 104 people dead, the fates of three people become inextricably entangled. Jivan, a bright, striving woman from the slums looking for a way out of poverty, is wrongly accused of planning the attack because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir, a slippery gym teacher from Jivan's former high school, has hitched his aspirations to a rising right wing party, and his own ascent becomes increasingly linked to Jivan's fall. Lovely, a spirited, impoverished, relentlessly optimistic hjira, who harbors dreams of becoming a Bollywood star, can provide the alibi that would set Jivan free - but her appearance in court will have unexpected consequences that will change the course of all of their lives. A novel about fate, power, opportunity, and class; about innocence and guilt, betrayal and love, and the corrosive media cycle that manufactures falsehoods masquerading as truths--A Burning is a debut novel of exceptional power and urgency, haunting and beautiful, brutal, vibrant, impossible to forget"--Provided by publisher.
The book can be found in the DCPL collection in the following formats:


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Heads Up! ASL Film Festival Saturday, December 3rd at MLK Library in Celebration of Clerc-Gallaudet Week (December 3-10, 2022)

Come celebrate the beginning of Clerc-Gallaudet Week with an ASL Film Festival at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.

We will be showing a series of feature films and short-story videos in ASL featuring Deaf actors and actresses. Refreshments will be served while they last.  Stay tuned for details on the list of films and times for each showing!

Clerc-Gallaudet Week promotes awareness and mobilizes support of the public for critical issues in education and human rights of deaf diversity. 

December 3rd marks the annual observance of the United Nations' International Day of People with Disabilities.  December 10th was proclaimed by the UN as Human Rights Day.  During that week, both deaf and library communities will be remembering and honoring the birth of the two most significant people in the history of American deaf education. Laurent Clerc (born December 26, 1785) and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (born December 10, 1787) were the first two visionary leaders in the field of American Deaf Education.

Questions? Contact us at or 202-727-2142.

For more upcoming programs and classes, visit
The Center for Accessibility
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street NW, Room 205
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-727-2142
Videophone: 202-559-5368

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