The library continues to be 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).
Expanded Curbside Pickup Hours; Now Includes Saturdays & More ReservesWe have expanded our curbside pickup hours! Starting July 6, once you are notified by email that your reserves are ready, you can come anytime Monday through Friday 10 am - 6 pm or Saturday 10 am - 2 pm to pick up your items.
We've also increased our reserve limit to 20 (from 10) so more books can be reserved online for curbside pickup.
Need to Return Books?
Our book drop is still closed. But you can return books and other items via Curbside Service even if you aren't picking up anything new to borrow. Just place the materials you want to return in a disposable bag, put them in the trunk of your car, and follow the directions below for curbside service.
Don’t want to scour the online catalog for picture books? Call the library at 703-248-5031 (TTY 711) and request a random assortment of picture books. Staff will pull up to 20 picture books for our curbside pick up. Unfortunately, we are unable to take requests for ‘types’ of pictures books, 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.
Curbside pickup (and returns) is available Monday through Friday between 10 am and 6 pm and Saturday between 10 am - 2 pm.
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 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 20 additional picture books if you are using our Quick Pick Picture Books service.
Yes. Please let library staff know that you have returns when you arrive for your pickup. Place them in a bag and leave them in your car’s trunk. Library staff will take the returned items after leaving your new checkouts. Items returned through curbside pickup will be quarantined a minimum of 48 hours before they are checked-in (and removed from your account).
Just returning items? No problem! You don’t need to be borrowing new items to use our curbside service to return books.
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 be extended while the library building is closed to the public due to COVID-19.)
At this time the library is not accepting donations of books, DVDs, or other materials. Read more..