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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
350
14th Street Bridge
1067
Arlington Mill Trail
190
Ballston Connector
135
Bluemont Connector
209
CC Connector
285
Clarendon EB bike lane
3
Custis Bon Air Park
573
Custis Rosslyn
722
Eads NB
38
Eads SB
41
Fairfax EB bike lane
75
Fairfax WB
109
Joyce St NB
49
Joyce St SB
0
Key Bridge East
639
Key Bridge West
438
Military NB bike lane
29
Military SB bike lane
10
MVT Airport South
1038
Quincy NB bike lane
56
Quincy SB bike lane
48
Roosevelt Bridge
228
Rosslyn Bikeometer
642
TR Island Bridge
577
WOD Bon Air Park
0
WOD Bon Air West
0
WOD Columbia Pike
722
Wilson WB bike lane
152

Peds counted

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110 Trail
0
14th Street Bridge
155
Arlington Mill Trail
1178
Ballston Connector
485
Bluemont Connector
1127
CC Connector
391
Custis Bon Air Park
583
Custis Rosslyn
596
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
102
Joyce St SB
8
Key Bridge East
1793
Key Bridge West
622
MVT Airport South
267
Roosevelt Bridge
78
TR Island Bridge
832
WOD Bon Air Park
0
WOD Bon Air West
0
WOD Columbia Pike
612

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
383798