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Meet Your New Library Website

Welcome to your new Arlington Public Library website.

We’ve made some noticeable upgrades to our “virtual branch,” to better serve you and to complement compliment* the modern catalog and accounts system we brought you last year.

Among the new features you’ll find:

  • Fresher-looking pages, richer graphics and a more consistent feel across the site
  • Catalog browsing that might remind you of strolling the shelves
  • Faster, more intuitive access to your accounts
  • A friendlier study room reservation system
  • A customized events calendar with more options to find what you want


And even if you’ve never visited the Virginia Room in Central Library, the County’s official local history archive now comes to you.

We’ve put the first five Arlington’s Story image collections online, soon to be followed by videos, oral histories, documents and more photographs. Explore these collections directly, or soon find them through the Library’s regular catalog.

See something you like about this new-look site or have suggestions to make it even better? Please let us know in the comment section or better yet, send a note directly to our Web Team.

Enjoy the new site. The goal, as always, is to give you the best Arlington Public Library experience possible–even when you’re far from our eight physical locations. We hope you’ll return even more than before.

* See the eagle-eyed comment below, from Steve.

Comments (5)

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  1. Steve says:

    I compliment you on the new website, but not on the misuse of “compliment” on the “meet the website” page, which states:

    We’ve made some noticeable upgrades to our “virtual branch,” to better serve you and to compliment the modern catalog and accounts system we brought you last year.

    Clearly, the correct word is “complement.” Keep up the (mostly) good work!

  2. squid says:

    *looks at design*

    Welcome to the late 90′s.

  3. Jane says:

    I very much like the idea that this is a branch of the library – not a substitute – another place to go in the system for help, information, fun, books, another resource for the community just as a physical space would be. But no drop box for secondhand books… or is there?

    • Rachel says:

      Jane, I’m just a fellow library patron, but I’ve donated books at the Central library. There’s a dropbox next to the Friends of the Library bookstore.

  4. Eileen says:

    Congrats Arlington Library on doing such a great job of communication generally and especially with the new web site — way ahead of most areas. You all do such a fine job. So consumer focused – a real pleasure.

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