A symbol of social gathering and learning, a community hub that embodies the needs of a constantly evolving city
Designed by modernist giant Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library opened to great acclaim in 1972. It would be one of Mies’s last buildings, his only building in DC and the only library he ever created anywhere in the world. The 400,000 square foot library is the largest and one of the very first significant memorials in the country named in honor of the slain civil rights leader.
In 2020, the library reopened after a three-year $211 million modernization project. Librarians, architects and residents developed a singular vision to create an inspirational destination for learning that would house not only books but also delight visitors with its beautiful surroundings, high-impact programs and unique exhibitions.
Partnering with the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana and Confindustria to bring Leonardo’s Codex Atlanticus to Washington D.C. will result in thousands of new visitors to the MLK Library, exposing them not only to the genius of Leonardo but also the grandeur of the building itself.