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The District of Columbia Public Library is exploring options for updating the MLK, Jr. Memorial Library to make it more relevant to the community it serves

Beautiful concept for improving the MLK Memorial Library, originally designed by Mies.

The pedestrian mall was torn out in 1992 to allow vehicular traffic on G Street in front of the MLK, JR. Memorial Library

The pedestrian mall was torn out in 1992 to allow vehicular traffic on G Street in front of the MLK, JR.

Phoenix Central Library....plenty of task lighting for the book stacks

plenty of task lighting for the book stacks

Adding floors and making this additional space available to one or more "tenants" could help pay for needed rennovations of the MLK, Jr. Memorial Library. Also floor space in the library might be removed in order to create an atrium to bring in much needed natural light.

Adding floors and making this additional space available to one or more "tenants" could help pay for needed rennovations of the MLK, Jr. Memorial Library. Also floor space in the library might be removed in order to create an atrium to bring in much needed natural light.

The glass enclosed link connecting the UMass Dartmouth Library to the rest of the campus..glass envelopes the concrete that is the main characteristic of Brutalism

The glass enclosed link connecting the UMass Dartmouth Library to the rest of the campus.glass envelopes the concrete that is the main characteristic of Brutalism

The building to the right of the main portion of the Robarts Library, University of Toronto is the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

The building to the right of the main portion of the Robarts Library, University of Toronto is the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

This is the original "link" connecting the UMass Dartmouth Library to other academic buildings. The link rests on unique concrete piers. This link was enclosed in a 24,000 square foot glass atrium.

This is the original "link" connecting the UMass Dartmouth Library to other academic buildings. The link rests on unique concrete piers. This link was enclosed in a square foot glass atrium.

Shaw//New libraries make architectural mark on District neighborhoods - The Washington Post

New libraries make architectural mark on District neighborhoods

Shaw//New libraries make architectural mark on District neighborhoods - The Washington Post

July 1968 ground-breaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library

July 1968 ground-breaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King, Jr.

Looking down into the atrium of the Phoenix Central Library

Looking down into the atrium of the Phoenix Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library:  Topping the building is a pyramid with suns on each side. At the apex is a hand holding the torch of knowledge. Surrounding the library are an odd series of terra cotta reliefs by Lee Oskar Lawrie titled "Meaning and Purpose of Library" depicting all sorts of things topics that might be researched inside from philosophy and history to religion and art.

Los Angeles Central Library: Topping the building is a pyramid with suns on each side. At the apex is a hand holding the torch of knowledge. Surrounding the library are an odd series of terra cotta reliefs by Lee Oskar Lawrie titled "Meaning and Purpose of Library" depicting all sorts of things topics that might be researched inside from philosophy and history to religion and art.

New libraries make architectural mark on District neighborhoods - The Washington Post

New libraries make architectural mark on District neighborhoods

New libraries make architectural mark on District neighborhoods - The Washington Post

Atlanta’s Central Library - Marcel Breuer

Atlanta’s Central Library - Marcel Breuer

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