September 2, 2021
Starting September 7, 2021, Arlington Public Library will reopen two locations – Cherrydale and Glencarlyn Libraries.
Arlington residents and Library patrons will have access to seven open library locations – Aurora Hills, Cherrydale, Central, Columbia Pike, Glencarlyn, Shirlington and Westover Libraries. The Plaza branch will remain closed in preparation for a long-planned expansion and renovation.
“The Library continues to make steady progress toward filling an unprecedented number of public service vacancies caused by the pandemic and subsequent hiring freeze. We believe we are turning the corner and look forward to seeing more of our patrons,” said Arlington Public Library Director Diane Kresh.
All open Library locations will follow the same schedule.
Monday to Saturday Hours
- Monday/Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Wednesday/Thursday: 12 – 7 p.m.
- Friday/Saturday: 12 – 5 p.m.
Additional Service Updates
The Center for Local History at Central Library is open to the public by appointment.
Indoor and outdoor storytime programs are offered at multiple locations. Starting September 13, Library patrons can enjoy indoor storytime programs at Cherrydale and Glencarlyn branches.
Arlington Public Library will continue to evaluate service levels and hopes to expand hours and offerings over the next few months.
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Starting July 6, Arlington residents and Library patrons will have access to five open library locations – Aurora Hills, Central, Columbia Pike, Shirlington and Westover libraries.
Arlington Public Library will prioritize access to library collections, reintroduce core library services and feature new operating hours across the system. The Express Library Service model and Central Library’s Holds-Only Pickup Service will end, and all holds will now be available for self-serve access inside library locations.
- Monday/Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Wednesday/Thursday: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- Friday/Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Full access to Library’s collections and unlimited browsing time with no capacity limits at all open locations
- Self-service holds pickup at all open locations
- Spaced seating for public Wi-Fi and study use
- Public copiers / scanners at all open locations except Westover
- Account management assistance
- Full access to public restrooms and water fountains
- Parking garage at Central Library
The Center for Local History at Central Library will be open to the public by appointment after July 6. Outdoor and Indoor Storytime programs will start in late July.
The Library has been steadily working all spring to fill a high number of vacant public service jobs after an unprecedented staff shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent hiring freeze. Hiring and training new staff will continue this summer with the goal of arriving at more normal staffing levels in the Fall.
As Arlington Public Library continues to reopen in stages, patrons will have access to expanded library services.
- Public PCs will be available.
- Meeting spaces will be bookable online for public use.
- Indoor programming will expand across the Library system as staffing increases.
- Book donations will be accepted by the Friends of the Arlington Library at all locations.
- Sunday hours will return after Labor Day.
- Friends of the Arlington Public Library book stores will reopen in the Fall.
- Cherrydale and Glencarlyn Library will reopen Fall 2021.
- When visiting the Library, the Arlington County Visitor Face Covering Policy is in effect.
- The Shed, the Library’s seasonal garden-tool lending service, will remain closed for the 2021 growing season for staffing reasons, with plans to reopen in 2022.
- The Shop, the Library’s maker space, will remain closed until staffing allows for increased levels of programming.
- The Plaza branch will remain closed in preparation for a long-planned expansion and renovation.
During the first week of reopening, the public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and community celebration of the newly renovated Columbia Pike Library on Thursday, July 8, 4 – 6 p.m. Join members of the County Board, the County Manager and Library Director Diane Kresh in the ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by family-friendly events, music and ice cream, and a tour of the transformed Library Branch.
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Discover Arlington’s history and browse newspaper content online from 1935 to 1978.
During the past year, Arlington Public Library’s Center for Local History (CLH) has been working with the Library of Virginia (LVA) to make five decades of Arlington research material available online.
Spanning the years from 1935 to 1978, the materials include historic articles, photos, and news clippings from four Arlington newspapers: the Columbia News, the Daily Sun, the Northern Virginia Sun and the Sun.
Previously, these publications were only available in the Center for Local History as microfilm and digital scans, which were not easily searchable.
These newspapers are a fantastic resource for historians, teachers, genealogists and anyone curious about Arlington’s past through the eyes of local journalism.
“Delve deeper into your family history, find information on the transformation and growth of Arlington and discover more of its unique history,” said Arlington Public Library Director Diane Kresh.
The free news archive is 100% keyword searchable by location, date, title and issue and features a clipping feature that allows researchers to save an image or text block of an article.
To access the new source materials, visit the LVA ‘s Virginia Chronicle, which is a large online depository for historic newspapers from across the Commonwealth.
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