Construction for the Library Expansion and Renovation Project is projected to take 12-14 months. During that construction period, the library will operate out of a trailer located in front of the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School at 601 S. Oak Street.
When do we move to the temporary location? And how long will we be closed for the move?
During their February 10 meeting, City Council approved the funding and the contract for the Library Expansion and Renovation Project.
As a result, the library building at 120 N. Virginia will be closed starting Monday, February 17, for packing, moving, and setting up the temporary location.
While we move, the library will need to close for an estimated 2-3 weeks.
Once the move is completed (likely in early to mid-March) we will open at the temporary location.
We will remain at 601 S. Oak Street until May/June 2021 when we move back into the renovated library.
What services will be impacted during and leading up to the 2-3 weeks we move to the temporary location?
Service or Program
Impact Relating to Move
Due Dates & Returns
All due dates have been extend into March. Once the temporary location opens, books may only be returned there (601. S. Oak Street). No books or media may be returned at the N. Virginia location, including the drive-through book drop, after February 28th.
Starting February 11, patrons will not be able to place new holds until the temporary location opens (in early March). Previously placed holds will still be available for pick up at 120 N. Virginia Avenue until we close to move to the temporary location (at 601 S. Oak Street).
Starting January 27, patrons will not be able to submit new interlibrary loan (ILL) requests until the library opens in the temporary location (in early March).
Many of our regular book discussion groups will have venue and/or schedule changes in February and early March. Please check our Book Discussion Group page for more details.
Story times will resume in March, along with other children's and teen programming.
Where is the temporarylocation? And is there parking?
601 S. Oak Street, Falls Church, VA 22046
We will be in the trailer next to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.
The site is approximately 0.7 mi SW from our current location.
Street parking will be available by the trailer. Please be mindful of posted street signs.
What hours will the temporary location be open?
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30 am -9 pm
Wednesday: 1 pm - 9 pm
Friday: 9:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm
NOTE: We will open at 9:30 am on weekday mornings to avoid overlapping with school drop offs.
What collections and services will be available at the temporary location?
About 1/3 of our current collection will be available. (The other 2/3 - including the entire Local History Collection - will be placed in storage and will be inaccessible until the renovated building reopens.)
We will continue to buy new books and other materials.
We expect to have 2 public computers and a printer.
Story times, book discussions, ESL, and other regular programming will continue to be scheduled in a room available in the temporary location.
Limited seating will be available; however, there will not be work or study tables.