The library remains closed to the public until further notice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Books, DVDs, and other items from our physical collection may now be borrowed using our new curbside pickup service (similar to what you’ve probably experience at many grocery stores and restaurants).
For more information on services we are offering virtually while the building is closed, check out our Library at Home Page!
Our outside book drop is still closed, but we can take returns via curbside service.
Reminder: Materials go into a minimum 48 hour quarantine before staff check them into the system. This means materials will remain on your account for a few days after you return them. We will check them in as soon as we are able to safely do so.
Don’t want to scour the online catalog for kids books? Call the library at 703-248-5031 (TTY 711) and request a random assortment of Picture Books or Easy Readers.
Unfortunately, we are unable to take requests for ‘types’ of books in our Quick Pick selections, so if you prefer specific books we recommend you search for them in our online catalog and place them on reserve or request suggestions via our Personalized NextRead suggestions.
Staff will pull up to 20 picture books for our curbside pick up. Titles are randomly selected.
For children just starting to read independently, staff will pull a random assortment of 10 easy readers for our curbside pickup. If you have a reader in-between levels, you can select 5 from two categories.
Easy Reader Levels:
GREEN – Just starting out on their own. Basic vocabulary, short sentences, simple stories, and lots of pictures that have a direct connection to the words on the page.
YELLOW – Have been reading on their own for a little while, but still need help. Increased vocabulary, longer sentences, and longer stories with pictures that give visual clues.
ORANGE – Almost ready for short chapter books. Longer, more complex stories and sentences. Fewer pictures, not every action is illustrated. Often short chapters.
Yes! We are currently accepting returns of materials via our curbside service model. You just have to bag them, place them in the trunk of your vehicle, and arrive at the library during curbside hours (more information on the process above).
Unfortunately, we are currently unable to take returns outside of our curbside services hours. We are working on solutions so that we will be able to open the outside drop soon.
Absolutely! Just follow the procedure above on curbside returns.
Due to COVID-19 related staffing limitations in our temporary location, please allow up to 48 hours processing time for newly placed reserves. Any reserves placed Saturday afternoon will not be processed until Monday the following week. Once your reserves have been processed, you will be notified by email or text (or telephone) that your items are ready for pickup. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
You can place reserves (and borrow) up to 20 items at one time per account using curbside pickup. And up to 10 or 20 kids materials if you are using our Quick Pick for kids service (info above).
Items that you pick up through curbside serve will already be checked out to your account when staff bring them out to you. A checkout receipt listing due dates will be included with your items.
All dues dates will continue to be extended while the library building is closed to the public due to COVID-19. We will make an announcement via our newsletter and will place that information on our website and social media when we resume normal due dates.
At this time the library is not accepting donations of books, DVDs, or other materials. Read more..