Skip to Main Content

Arlington Public Library

Partner Spotlight

Photo: Peter GolkinPeter 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 Central Library
1015 N Quincy Street
703.228.5990
Transportation Options

Related Content

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
1342
14th Street Bridge
0
Arlington Mill Trail
0
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
0
CC Connector
691
Clarendon EB bike lane
155
Custis Bon Air Park
1035
Custis Rosslyn
0
Fairfax EB bike lane
134
Joyce St NB
0
Joyce St SB
43
Key Bridge East
942
Key Bridge West
163
Military NB bike lane
118
Military SB bike lane
0
MVT Airport South
0
Quincy NB bike lane
98
Quincy SB bike lane
101
Roosevelt Bridge
305
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1
TR Island Bridge
1302
WOD Bon Air Park
1494
WOD Bon Air West
1871
WOD Columbia Pike
1902
WOD East Falls Church
871
Wilson WB bike lane
229

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
627
14th Street Bridge
0
Arlington Mill Trail
773
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
0
CC Connector
0
Custis Bon Air Park
0
Custis Rosslyn
2113
Joyce St NB
0
Joyce St SB
73
Key Bridge East
2309
Key Bridge West
916
MVT Airport South
0
Roosevelt Bridge
0
TR Island Bridge
957
WOD Bon Air Park
650
WOD Bon Air West
568
WOD Columbia Pike
3236
WOD East Falls Church
702

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
3881618