So the "Digital Commons" room at the main library for DC, the Martin Luther King downtown library, has opened to the public. Since the NE branch is closed until the end of this year/beginning of next (stay tuned!) we decided to check out the digital offerings atMLK.

Very impressive!

I had no idea that the library provided so many opportunities to DC residents and visitors to use digital technology in so many varieties.

First off, the Commons now has many more computers so waiting time for people who want to go online is much shorter.

But they've complemented what they used to have by adding a range of Apples with big monitors that can be used for graphic design, etc.

In addition, they have a selection of Kindles, Nooks, Ipad minis. etc - just about any type of reading device you can image. They are all hooked up and ready to be used for reading.

As if that wasn't impressive enough, they have a series of small shared workspaces for people who are starting a business. The spaces are quiet and bright and can be easily reserved each day. People were working in them the day I visited.

The coolest thing: they have a 3D printer that can be used by anyone at any time for a minimal price.

We didn't use it the day we were there because they had to order more "ink" so we plan on returning.

But I can't speak highly enough about what a great asset this new Digital Commons room is for the people of the District of Columbia.

3D printer with some of its products.
The entrance to the Digital Commons on the first floor of the MLK Library downtown. Nearest metro: Gallery Place.

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