DC Public Library Foundation
The DC Public Library was created in 1896 by an act of Congress and is dedicated to providing environments that invite reading, learning and community discussion, and opportunities for lifelong learning. For more than 100 years, DCPL has helped all District residents – from the most affluent to those struggling to survive -- gain access to information and learn new skills. The Library is proud to be a recognized force in the community for engaging the mind, expanding opportunities and elevating the quality of life. The Washingtoniana Collection at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library houses an array of resources and materials from the late 18th century to the present, with a primary focus on the local city. The collection includes 25,000 books and other printed materials, 8,000 maps, and microfilm of all the major D.C. daily newspapers from 1800 through the end of 2011.