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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
649
14th Street Bridge
789
Arlington Mill Trail
228
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
329
CC Connector
610
Clarendon EB bike lane
228
Custis Bon Air Park
935
Custis Rosslyn
1143
Eads NB
106
Eads SB
120
Fairfax EB bike lane
133
Fairfax WB
128
Joyce St NB
66
Joyce St SB
0
Key Bridge East
992
Key Bridge West
672
Military NB bike lane
28
Military SB bike lane
68
MVT Airport South
1746
Quincy NB bike lane
125
Quincy SB bike lane
137
Roosevelt Bridge
428
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1093
TR Island Bridge
978
WOD Bon Air Park
0
WOD Bon Air West
0
WOD Columbia Pike
665
Wilson WB bike lane
240

Peds counted

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110 Trail
1029
14th Street Bridge
0
Arlington Mill Trail
825
Ballston Connector
1326
Bluemont Connector
1256
CC Connector
517
Custis Bon Air Park
641
Custis Rosslyn
751
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
53
Joyce St SB
0
Key Bridge East
2003
Key Bridge West
794
MVT Airport South
541
Roosevelt Bridge
5
TR Island Bridge
1179
WOD Bon Air Park
0
WOD Bon Air West
0
WOD Columbia Pike
455

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
1683637