Alexandria Library, Virginia

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Alexandria Library is the public library in Alexandria, Virginia U.S.A..

In 1794, Alexandria Library opened as a private lending library, calling itself Alexandria Library Company. In 1937, Dr. Robert South Barrett donated funds for a public library in memory of his mother, Dr. Kate Waller Barrett. The Society of Friends granted a 99-year lease for use of its old Quaker Burial Ground as its site. The Library Company signed an agreement with the Alexandria City Council turning over its collections to City of Alexandria. The City agreed to include operating expenses for the public library in its budget.

Today there are four library branches, including two special divisions, Local History / Special Collections and a Talking Books division for the blind and visually handicap. The library system checks out more than a million titles in a year including books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, eAudioBooks, and other items. The current Director of the library is Rose T. Dawson.

The library offers a wide variety of services both in the branches and via the Web site. The library has computers for access to the Internet, the catalog, downloadable material and databases. The library sponsors various programs such as summer reading, One Book/One City, literary discussion groups, and author book signings, children story times and other events for the diverse population.

The library has more than 150 employees which includes more than 40 staff with Master’s degrees in library science.

Branches [1][edit]

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library[edit]

5005 Duke Street

Alexandria, VA 22304

tel: 703-746-1702

fax: 703-746-1763

Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm

Friday: 10 am - 6 pm

Saturday:  10 am - 5 pm

Sunday:  1 pm - 5 pm

Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library[edit]

717 Queen Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

tel:  703-746-1703

fax:  703-746-1708

Monday:  1 pm - 9 pm

Tuesday:  10 am - 9 pm

Wednesday:  10 am - 7 pm

Thursday:  10 am - 7 pm

Friday:  10 am - 6 pm

Saturday:  10 am - 5 pm

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library[edit]

4701 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA 22304

tel:  703-746-1704

fax:  703-746-1775

Monday: 10 am - 9 pm

Tuesday: 10 am - 7 pm

Wednesday: 10 am - 7 pm

Thursday: 1 pm - 9 pm

Friday: 10 am - 6 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm

James M. Duncan Branch Library[edit]

2501 Commonwealth Avenue

Alexandria, VA 22301

tel:  703-746-1705

fax:  703-746-1785

Monday: 10 am - 9 pm

Tuesday: 10 am - 7 pm

Wednesday: 1 pm - 9 pm

Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm

Friday: 10 am - 6 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm

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Coordinates: 38°48′27.4″N 77°2′49.9″W / 38.807611°N 77.047194°W / 38.807611; -77.047194