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?

Driving alone is the primary commute mode for 54% of Arlington Commuters, compared to 83% statewide.

2007 Virginia State of the Commute Study: Arlington Perspective

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
14th Street Bridge
2110
Ballston Connector
328
Bluemont Connector
203
CC Connector
723
Clarendon EB bike lane
192
Crystal SB bike lane
123
Custis Bon Air Park
1328
Custis Rosslyn
1692
Fairfax EB bike lane
166
Joyce St NB
41
Joyce St SB
35
Key Bridge East
1142
Key Bridge West
788
Military NB bike lane
49
Military SB bike lane
36
MVT Airport South
2598
Quincy NB bike lane
57
Quincy SB bike lane
78
Roosevelt Bridge
460
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1537
TR Island Bridge
1414
WOD Bon Air Park
1199
WOD Bon Air West
1774
WOD Columbia Pike
1002
WOD East Falls Church
1449
Wilson WB bike lane
265

Peds counted

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14th Street Bridge
319
Ballston Connector
363
Bluemont Connector
325
CC Connector
508
Custis Bon Air Park
466
Custis Rosslyn
368
Joyce St NB
93
Joyce St SB
112
Key Bridge East
3056
Key Bridge West
1191
MVT Airport South
288
Roosevelt Bridge
117
TR Island Bridge
796
WOD Bon Air Park
1792
WOD Bon Air West
664
WOD Columbia Pike
569
WOD East Falls Church
629

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
7344840
About Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counter Program

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