Arlington Public Library

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Photo: Peter Golkin
Peter Golkin, Public Information Officer

"My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything." - Peter Golkin

Peter Golkin, Public Information Officer, Arlington Public Library, says, "Arlington has to be one of the most supportive communities in America - our citizens place a high value on these public resources." This support is evident in the overwhelming community response to the depth and variety of library services and programs. One example is when Central Library hosted naturalist Wendell Berry for the Arlington Reads program. The crowd that came to hear him talk formed a line that wrapped outside and around the adjacent tennis courts. Another example is the popular children's summer reading program, which continues to grow each year.

"We're seeing new generations get addicted to their public libraries. We're seeing a lot of young faces around here, right along with older crowds," says Golkin.

In any given month, the network of nine branches offers programs and events for just about any interest or avocation, from family story time, career development, education and book clubs, to name just a few. In addition to library services and the availability of professional librarians to help with in-depth research projects, online resources are also available.

"Our online branch is the second busiest in the network," says Golkin. In fact, thousands of books, films and reference materials can be digitally checked out and delivered instantly to a myriad of devices. This resource is becoming increasingly popular across the County, and functions similarly to brick-and-mortar branches. All you need is an Arlington Library card.

Photo: Library interior

Whether you like to roam the stacks, have the convenience of an online branch or enjoy the many events and programs offered all year long, check out the Arlington Public Library. You might be surprised.

Golkin, an avid proponent of alternative transportation, encourages patrons to leave their cars at home. "On a beautiful day like today, walking or biking to the library can be an incredible experience," he says. "Just take a look at our calendar for something that looks interesting, and come on over."

Arlington County Library Locations | Arlington Public Library Events

Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy Street
703.228.5990
Transportation Options

Did You Know?

Adolescents who participate in bicycling more than four times a week are 48% less likely to be overweight as adults.

Menschik, D., et al., 2008

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
14th Street Bridge
2114
Ballston Connector
357
Bluemont Connector
232
CC Connector
838
Clarendon EB bike lane
227
Crystal SB bike lane
96
Custis Bon Air Park
1181
Custis Rosslyn
1758
Fairfax EB bike lane
178
Joyce St NB
34
Joyce St SB
1
Key Bridge East
1289
Key Bridge West
831
Military NB bike lane
44
Military SB bike lane
36
MVT Airport South
2210
Quincy NB bike lane
536
Quincy SB bike lane
318
Roosevelt Bridge
562
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1608
TR Island Bridge
1657
WOD Bon Air Park
955
WOD Bon Air West
1624
WOD Columbia Pike
834
WOD East Falls Church
1129
Wilson WB bike lane
317

Peds counted

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14th Street Bridge
276
Ballston Connector
336
Bluemont Connector
312
CC Connector
565
Custis Bon Air Park
406
Custis Rosslyn
334
Joyce St NB
101
Joyce St SB
2617
Key Bridge East
2219
Key Bridge West
1156
MVT Airport South
260
Roosevelt Bridge
128
TR Island Bridge
892
WOD Bon Air Park
733
WOD Bon Air West
674
WOD Columbia Pike
526
WOD East Falls Church
601

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
8507706
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