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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

View Counter Data
110 Trail
545
14th Street Bridge
1575
Arlington Mill Trail
223
Ballston Connector
130
Bluemont Connector
0
CC Connector
586
Clarendon EB bike lane
100
Custis Bon Air Park
791
Custis Rosslyn
1045
Eads NB
74
Eads SB
73
Fairfax EB bike lane
131
Fairfax WB
160
Joyce St NB
19
Joyce St SB
47
Key Bridge East
998
Key Bridge West
574
Military NB bike lane
29
Military SB bike lane
45
MVT Airport South
1588
Quincy NB bike lane
105
Quincy SB bike lane
94
Roosevelt Bridge
351
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1010
TR Island Bridge
834
WOD Bon Air Park
758
WOD Bon Air West
975
WOD Columbia Pike
859
Wilson WB bike lane
214

Peds counted

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110 Trail
1777
14th Street Bridge
216
Arlington Mill Trail
738
Ballston Connector
21
Bluemont Connector
887
CC Connector
394
Custis Bon Air Park
581
Custis Rosslyn
645
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
21
Joyce St SB
125
Key Bridge East
2016
Key Bridge West
661
MVT Airport South
376
Roosevelt Bridge
149
TR Island Bridge
849
WOD Bon Air Park
850
WOD Bon Air West
947
WOD Columbia Pike
663

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
4901154