Library Joins Program to Distribute Free Rapid COVID-19 Tests
Current Test Kit Status
All library locations are now out of stock of COVID-19 Test Kits. Please check back for updates.
Additional opportunities for testing can be found on VDH's website.
About the Free COVID-19 Rapid Antigen At-Home Test Kit Program
In collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Arlington Public Library is working to distribute free COVID-19 Rapid Antigen At-Home Test Kits.
When available, test kits are dispensed on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be picked up from the service desk at each Library location. Each visitor may request up to two test kits. Neither proof of County residency nor a library card is required, and the kits are free of charge. Masks are required in all Library buildings - including when picking up a test. Anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should have someone pick up the test on their behalf.
Due to high demand for Rapid COVID-19 Antigen At-Home Test Kits, we are working with the Virginia Department of Health to replenish our supply as soon as possible. Please check this page regularly for updates.
Updated January 7, 2022.
About the Test
The virtually-guided Abbott BinaxNow COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test is designed to be used in the privacy of an individual’s home, with digital test results available in 15 minutes. Rapid antigen tests expire, and are meant to be used immediately, not saved for a “just in case” scenario.
The at-home test kit uses the eMed digital platform to facilitate and verify the test with the Virginia Department of Health. To take the COVID-19 rapid antigen at-home test, individuals will need an internet connection, an internet-enabled device with a webcam or front-facing camera, microphone, and speaker for the testing session, and a valid photo ID to show the eMed virtual guide. Once the test has been completed, the user will receive a test result within 15 minutes, and eMed will report the results to VDH.
Tests should not be taken inside the Library. However, many Library locations do provide a strong Wi-Fi signal in parking lots.
Information about who should be tested is available at the Virginia Department of Health’s website.
Individuals who test positive should isolate and follow up with their healthcare provider or Arlington County Public Health Division.
Learn more about this program from the Virginia Department of Health:
- Call VDH at 1-877-829-4682
- Visit the Supporting Testing Access through Community Collaboration website