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Library History

The history of public libraries in Arlington is the evolution of a community brought closer together over more than a century. Through advances in technology, government and planning, the County built a library system that remains relentless in securing access to knowledge, and the joys that come with it, on behalf of its residents and visitors.

Originally created for the 75th year anniversary of Arlington Public Library, and picking up on the County initiative “Tell Arlington’s Story,” we invite you to explore a fun and interactive timeline telling Arlington Public Library’s story.

See library branch profiles and histories