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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
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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
862
14th Street Bridge
1330
Ballston Connector
254
Bluemont Connector
578
CC Connector
538
Clarendon EB bike lane
7
Custis Bon Air Park
787
Custis Rosslyn
930
Eads NB
60
Eads SB
109
Fairfax EB bike lane
160
Fairfax WB
227
Joyce St NB
30
Joyce St SB
34
Key Bridge East
615
Key Bridge West
326
Military NB bike lane
63
Military SB bike lane
46
MVT Airport South
1629
Quincy NB bike lane
117
Quincy SB bike lane
52
Roosevelt Bridge
247
Rosslyn Bikeometer
821
TR Island Bridge
947
WOD Bon Air Park
1122
WOD Bon Air West
1345
Wilson WB bike lane
222

Peds counted

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110 Trail
634
14th Street Bridge
185
Ballston Connector
433
Bluemont Connector
402
CC Connector
314
Custis Bon Air Park
0
Custis Rosslyn
461
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
44
Joyce St SB
75
Key Bridge East
1042
Key Bridge West
284
MVT Airport South
304
Roosevelt Bridge
150
TR Island Bridge
787
WOD Bon Air Park
830
WOD Bon Air West
654

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
5705535