Alexandria Library

Alexandria Library This is the official page for Alexandria Library in Alexandria, VA. Alexandria's public library since 1937.
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Alexandria Library - Branch Acronyms: CEN = Beatley Central (5005 Duke St) BAR = Barrett Branch (717 Queen St) BUR = Burke Branch (4701 Seminary Rd) DUN = Duncan Branch (2501 Commonwealth Ave) LH/SC = Local History/Special Collections (717 Queen St) LAW = Law Library (520 King St. LL34)

Mission: The Alexandria Library is an educational, user-oriented service institution providing free public access to recorded knowledge and ideas. The Library maintains collections of general, regionally historical, and recreational reading, listening, and viewing materials for home and on-site use; provides information services by both professional and skilled staff; provides access to off-site collections, electronic reference resources, and the Internet through the latest information technologies. The library publicizes services through children's programs, outreach, participation in community activities, and maintenance of an active web site on the Internet.

Library Executive Director, Rose T. Dawson, paying her respects to the late Congressman John Lewis by visiting memorial ...
07/28/2020

Library Executive Director, Rose T. Dawson, paying her respects to the late Congressman John Lewis by visiting memorial in downtown Washington D.C. #AlexLibraryVA #JohnLewis

Summer reading is very important to the Alexandria Library, as well as the Washington Nationals! Check out this fun vide...
07/27/2020

Summer reading is very important to the Alexandria Library, as well as the Washington Nationals! Check out this fun video of Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle reading "Max the Brave", a story you and your kids will enjoy. More info: http://ow.ly/W7LP50AJja4

Fri, July 24 at 2 p.m. (ONLINE) |Do you and your family enjoy music? Join Ann Torralba, aka Little Miss Ann, an award-wi...
07/23/2020

Fri, July 24 at 2 p.m. (ONLINE) |Do you and your family enjoy music? Join Ann Torralba, aka Little Miss Ann, an award-winning kids’ musician from the Chicago area whose music will get kids rocking and rolling! Recommended for Ages 0-5. More info: http://ow.ly/gdiR50AGkBg

Fri, July 24 at 2 p.m. (ONLINE) | Are you looking for new book suggestions? Join us for our Book Buzz event! Annie Mazes...
07/23/2020

Fri, July 24 at 2 p.m. (ONLINE) | Are you looking for new book suggestions? Join us for our Book Buzz event! Annie Mazes of Workman Publishing will tell you all about their upcoming fall titles that you may want to check out. More info: http://ow.ly/x34L50AGh2o

Remembering Congressman John Lewis. Read about Rose T. Dawson's recollection of one of the most influential African-Amer...
07/21/2020

Remembering Congressman John Lewis. Read about Rose T. Dawson's recollection of one of the most influential African-American men from the civil rights movement. Read here: https://alexlibraryva.org/john-lewis

Sat, June 11 at 10:30 a.m. (ONLINE) | Do you want to hire a financial advisor, but do not know what questions to ask?  J...
07/09/2020

Sat, June 11 at 10:30 a.m. (ONLINE) | Do you want to hire a financial advisor, but do not know what questions to ask? Join us for part two of a three-part series focused on understanding the financial services industry! More info: http://ow.ly/c2jX50Au5kH

Sat, June 11 at 2 p.m. (ONLINE) | Music from other cultures can be educational and very exciting to listen to! Join Musi...
07/09/2020

Sat, June 11 at 2 p.m. (ONLINE) | Music from other cultures can be educational and very exciting to listen to! Join Music of Asian America Research Center's Eric Hung and Nancy Yunhwa Rao for a program on Asian American entertainment during the Exclusion Era. Registration required. More info: http://ow.ly/OE4Z50Au37R

Fri, July 10 at 11 a.m. (ONLINE) | Do you and your family love music?  Join Groovy Nate for a fun and educational show u...
07/09/2020

Fri, July 10 at 11 a.m. (ONLINE) | Do you and your family love music? Join Groovy Nate for a fun and educational show using exotic musical instruments, interactive movement, and puppet skits! Registration required. More info: http://ow.ly/UhLG50Au1aB

Mon, July 6 at 2 p.m. (ONLINE) | Interested in building your confidence in your use of English?  Join us for an informal...
07/02/2020

Mon, July 6 at 2 p.m. (ONLINE) | Interested in building your confidence in your use of English? Join us for an informal conversation with fellow learners! Participants should have a conversational level of English at a minimum. Registration required. More info: http://ow.ly/TXo550AoeZ1

CLOSURE: In observance of Independence Day, Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Friday, July 3. Curbside Service and ...
07/02/2020

CLOSURE: In observance of Independence Day, Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Friday, July 3. Curbside Service and telephone service will resume during normal hours on Monday, July 6. For more information, visit alexlibraryva.org

What books, eBooks, and/or eAudiobooks have you read or listened to during the closure? We want to know! #reading #liste...
06/30/2020

What books, eBooks, and/or eAudiobooks have you read or listened to during the closure? We want to know! #reading #listening #AlexLibraryVA

Wed, July 1 at 7 p.m. (ONLINE) | Independence Day celebrates a document that is well known, yet, not always well underst...
06/29/2020

Wed, July 1 at 7 p.m. (ONLINE) | Independence Day celebrates a document that is well known, yet, not always well understood.
Join Richard Bell, a professor of history at the University of Maryland in tackling the fascinating origins, misunderstood purpose, and extraordinary global legacy of the Declaration of Independence. More Info: http://ow.ly/UYo050AiTM7

CLOSURE: In observance of Independence Day, Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Friday, July 3. Curbside Service and ...
06/27/2020

CLOSURE: In observance of Independence Day, Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Friday, July 3. Curbside Service and telephone service will resume during normal hours on Monday, July 6. For more information, visit alexlibraryva.org

Sat, June 27 at 3 p.m. (ONLINE) | Join us for a screening of "Legacy," a film by the US Forest Service, that chronicles ...
06/24/2020
"Legacy" US Forest Service Film Screening + Panel Discussion

Sat, June 27 at 3 p.m. (ONLINE) | Join us for a screening of "Legacy," a film by the US Forest Service, that chronicles Chinese Railroad Workers’ contribution to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. More info: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4397693

Join us for a screening of "Legacy," a film by the US Forest Service, that chronicles Chinese Railroad Workers’ contribution to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Happy Father's Day from Alexandria Library! #happyfathersday #AlexLibraryVA
06/21/2020

Happy Father's Day from Alexandria Library! #happyfathersday #AlexLibraryVA

CLOSURE: In observance of Juneteenth on Friday, June 19, Alexandria Libraries will be closed. Curbside service and telep...
06/18/2020

CLOSURE: In observance of Juneteenth on Friday, June 19, Alexandria Libraries will be closed. Curbside service and telephone service will resume during normal hours on Monday, June 22. For more information, please visit alexlibraryva.org.

Starting Thursday, June 18, two additional services will be added to our Curbside Service: New Holds Pickup and Staff-As...
06/17/2020

Starting Thursday, June 18, two additional services will be added to our Curbside Service: New Holds Pickup and Staff-Assisted Materials Selection (SAMS). More information can be found at alexlibraryva.org/curbside

Thur, June 18 at 7 p.m. (ONLINE) | Are you a fan of mystery novels? Join mystery authors Kathleen Barber, Mark Bergin, T...
06/17/2020

Thur, June 18 at 7 p.m. (ONLINE) | Are you a fan of mystery novels? Join mystery authors Kathleen Barber, Mark Bergin, Tara Laskowski, Patrick Hyde and Grace Topping as they discuss how they became first- time published novelists! Registration required. More info: http://ow.ly/boW950A9ltG

Thu, June 18 at 4 p.m. (ONLINE) | Are your kids at home this summer? No camp? No problem!  Join us for a zoom meeting wi...
06/17/2020

Thu, June 18 at 4 p.m. (ONLINE) | Are your kids at home this summer? No camp? No problem! Join us for a zoom meeting with Virginia Tech STEM education specialists, who will guide you through outdoor and indoor activities in which families can have a great deal of fun. Please register in advance for this event. More info: http://ow.ly/ewem50A9ocm

Wed, June 17 at 3:00 p.m. (ONLINE) | Many people enjoy reading, but reading in a group can be more enjoyable. Join us fo...
06/16/2020

Wed, June 17 at 3:00 p.m. (ONLINE) | Many people enjoy reading, but reading in a group can be more enjoyable. Join us for our Afternoon Book Discussion Group! This month we will be discussing "My Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durrell and all are welcomed. Registration required. More info: http://ow.ly/lbrp50A9eo2

Wed, June 17 at 1:30 p.m. (ONLINE) | Want to practice your English? Join us for an hour of informal conversation with fe...
06/16/2020

Wed, June 17 at 1:30 p.m. (ONLINE) | Want to practice your English? Join us for an hour of informal conversation with fellow learners. Participants should have a conversational level of English at a minimum. Registration required. More info: http://ow.ly/90ub50A9ddb

The first day of our curbside pick up was a success! Thank you to all that participated. It is not too late to take part...
06/16/2020

The first day of our curbside pick up was a success! Thank you to all that participated. It is not too late to take part in our new service, visit http://alexlibraryva.org/curbside to make a reservation/ appointment.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Effective today, June 15 to July 31, Alexandria Library will offer an amnesty period. During this period, ...
06/15/2020

ANNOUNCEMENT: Effective today, June 15 to July 31, Alexandria Library will offer an amnesty period. During this period, the library will waive fines and fees associated with materials which customers return during the amnesty period only. Fines and fees associated with items returned before the amnesty period will not be waived. More info: http://ow.ly/DP8k50A8hGl

06/15/2020

The moment you've been waiting for is here! Curbside service will start today, June 15, 2020. To learn more about how to make a reservation/appointment for curbside pick up, please visit http://alexlibraryva.org/curbside. The Alexandria library thanks you for your patience during these tough times.

06/12/2020

Fine Amnesty starting Monday, June 15

Until at least July 31, the library will waive fines and fees associated with materials returned during the amnesty period only. Fines and fees associated with items returned before the amnesty period will not be waived. Damaged and lost items will incur a replacement cost, but overdue fines will be removed. Any items checked out with a return date of March 18, 2020 and after are not accruing fines or overdue bills.

Returned items remain on your account for at least 72 hours, until they are checked in. More info at alexlibraryva.org

Due to COVID19, the City of Alexandria Electoral Board has decided to consolidate voting locations for the June 23 Prima...
06/12/2020
Voter Registration & Elections

Due to COVID19, the City of Alexandria Electoral Board has decided to consolidate voting locations for the June 23 Primary Election only. As a result, we will not be a facility for the June 23 Primary. For more information on voting locations, please visit https://www.alexandriava.gov/Elections

City of Alexandria Office of Voter Registrations and Elections.

We won the 2020 American Library Association's Excellence in Library Programming Award! Our submission, "We Are the Alex...
06/12/2020

We won the 2020 American Library Association's Excellence in Library Programming Award! Our submission, "We Are the Alexandria Library Sit-In", was based on a year-long celebration event to honor Samuel W. Tucker and the 1939 Library Sit-In. Read more: http://ow.ly/sNJD50A6i9V

Sat, June 6 at 3 p.m. (ONLINE) | How will the 2020 Census impact you and your community? Join us for an information pact...
06/05/2020

Sat, June 6 at 3 p.m. (ONLINE) | How will the 2020 Census impact you and your community? Join us for an information pact webinar and learn more about the census and get educated on what is going on in your community. More info: http://ow.ly/tRIU50A05RN

June is Pride Month! The Alexandria LGBTQ Task Force and Alexandria Library invite you to register for Celebrate Alexand...
06/03/2020

June is Pride Month! The Alexandria LGBTQ Task Force and Alexandria Library invite you to register for Celebrate Alexandria Pride Workshops being offered online June 4-6. Come and show your support! More info: http://ow.ly/fCRc50zTMUU

Wed, June 3 at 11 a.m. (ONLINE) | Do you and your kids enjoy story time? Join us for a new way to tell stories! Alexandr...
06/02/2020

Wed, June 3 at 11 a.m. (ONLINE) | Do you and your kids enjoy story time? Join us for a new way to tell stories! Alexandria library presents, Yoga Stories With Miss Lisa. We'll use yoga poses to retell Eric Carle stories like "The Very Busy Spider". This will be fun for the whole family, and no previous yoga experience is required. More info: http://ow.ly/Ia4Z50zWO8u

Tuesday, June 2 at 4 p.m. (ONLINE) | Join Miss Lisa for story time, songs and more! This program is recommended for ages...
06/01/2020

Tuesday, June 2 at 4 p.m. (ONLINE) | Join Miss Lisa for story time, songs and more! This program is recommended for ages 2 and up, but everyone is invited to join the fun. Registration required. More info: http://ow.ly/WgRd50zVUvR

Tuesday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. (ONLINE) | Want to practice your Spanish? Join us for an hour of informal conversation with...
06/01/2020

Tuesday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. (ONLINE) | Want to practice your Spanish? Join us for an hour of informal conversation with fellow learners. Participants should have a conversational level of Spanish at a minimum. Registration required. More info: http://ow.ly/Hq6V50zVSVI

Tuesday, June 2 at 3 p.m. (ONLINE) | If you are having trouble figuring out technology, we have a solution! Join us for ...
06/01/2020

Tuesday, June 2 at 3 p.m. (ONLINE) | If you are having trouble figuring out technology, we have a solution! Join us for a virtual presentation of Professor Stephen Ruth's program "Things That Keep Me Up at Night: Technology’s Severest Challenges." More info: http://ow.ly/i42Z50zVTXl

Address

Administration- 5005 Duke St
Alexandria, VA
22304

General information

UPDATED HOURS DURING CLOSURE: alexlibraryva.org/locations BEATLEY LIBRARY 5005 Duke Street 703-746-1702 Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm; Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm BARRETT BRANCH 717 Queen Street 703-746-1703 Mon 1pm-9pm; Tues 10am-9pm; Wed 10am-7pm; Thurs 10am-7pm; Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm BURKE BRANCH 4701 Seminary Road 703-746-1704 Mon 10am-9pm; Tues 10am-7pm; Wed 10am-7pm; Thurs 1pm-9pm; Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm DUNCAN BRANCH 2501 Commonwealth Avenue 703-746-1705 Mon 10am-9pm; Tues 10am-7pm; Wed 1pm-9pm; Thurs 10am-7pm; Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (Local History) 717 Queen Street 703-746-1706 Mon 1pm-9pm; Tues 2pm-9pm; Wed 10am-7pm; Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm. LAW LIBRARY 520 King Street, Suite LL34 703-746-4077 Mon-Fri 9am-2pm

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 21:00
Thursday 10:00 - 21:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(703) 746-1702

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Do we have a program like this in Alexandria?
Hi! I'm David Kriso, travel writer/lecturer based in NJ. I did my cruising and Disney presentations at the Beatley Central Library. Both were well-received. Looking forward to returning soon, to do some of my other topics. Thank you.
Hi! I'm David Kriso-published travel writer/lecturer in NJ. My web site is DEKTravelJournal.com. I'm looking forward to the possibility of returning to the Charles Beatley Jr. Central Library, to do my travel presentations again. Thank you, and I hope that you reach out to me soon! DK
We love Charles Beatley Central Library! Thank you so much.
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Hi! I'm David Kriso, a published travel writer/lecturer in NJ. My web site is www.dektraveljournal.com. I've presented at the Charlest Beatley Jr. Central Library twice. Truly looking forward to returning soon. Thank you. DK
Hi! I'm David Kriso, travel writer/lecturer in NJ. Did my cruising and Disney World lectures at the Charles Beatley Jr. Central Library. Looking forward to returning soon!
Is it possible to renew a digital loan? I just tried and it seems there is no online option to do so. Thanks.
Hi I am looking for a study partner for step 1 from from north virginia or DC...just to keep eachother motivated I will be studying at Alexandria Library on weekdays and I am just starting the prep..looking for Asian Female preferably...let me know if anyones interested. thank you
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