City Paper is not for tourists
If you’re thinking about heading down to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at 9th and G Streets NW, bring your own water—-but don’t drink too much of it. The library’s water fountains are almost all broken, and the bathrooms aren’t too much better. According to one librarian, none of the fountains are working; two on the second floor are just barely flowing in that “drink at your own peril, you don’t know how many lips have been on this fountain” sort of way. It’s easier to find a ceiling leak—-four by the second floor northeast stairway alone—-than a working fountain. Meanwhile, the women’s bathrooms on the second and third floors are both out, and the one down in the basement smells like a dirty-diaper dumping ground. People generally avoid books these days, but it’s nice to know a library is giving you few more reasons.