The library building will be closed Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will remain closed (along with all City government buildings) on Tuesday, January 19, and Wednesday, January 20, out of an abundance of caution surrounding the Presidential Inauguration. There will be no curbside pickup service those 3 days. Read more...
COVID-19 Library Update
Due to COVID-19, the temporary library trailers at 601 S. Oak St. are closed to the public until further notice.
Contactless curbside pickup service is available to borrow items and the book drop is open for returns at 601 S. Oak St.
While the library is closed due to Covid-19 we will not be processing library cards in person, but if you or someone you know is unable to get online to create a card, call 703-248-5031 (TY 711) for assistance.
Fun fact: You don’t have to live in the City of Falls Church to get a library card with us! We serve a diverse population of the Washington, DC Metro Area. Please see below for more details on who can get a card.
Applying for a Card online
Apply Online here for a Mary Riley Styles Public Library card!
After completing your online application, a staff member will review your submitted application. Once approved, you will receive an email with information about how to access our digital resources. We will then mail your card to the address you provided during sign up as proof of residency.
Note: We are not able to regularly mail cards while the library is closed due to Covid-19, but we will mail your card to you as soon as we are able.
Who Can Get a Card?
You can get a library card if you reside, work, or own property in the City of Falls Church, VA.
A subscription Mary Riley Styles Public Library card is available for a $75 annual fee for Commonwealth of Virginia residents who live outside the Metro DC area.
NOTE: City of Falls Church residents can also:
Get free cards with most of the surrounding Metro DC public library systems. For more info, click on the jurisdiction name (in the list above) to visit the library for that city or county.
Register for a card with the Library of Virginia (in Richmond) to access many of their materials.
Obtain a Community Patron card to borrow limited materials from any Northern Virginia Community College campus library.
Can Children Get Their Own Cards?
Children can apply for their own cards; however, cards will not be issued to children under 14 without a parent's or legal guardian's signature.
How Long Is My Card Valid?
Library cards automatically expire after 3 years but can be renewed in the library.
What If I Have Lost or Damaged My Card?
If you have lost or damaged your card, you can obtain a replacement card for $1.
What Is My Default Password for My Library Account?
In most cases, your library account password defaults to the 10-digit phone number we have on record. Though, if you applied for your card online, you set a password when you filled out your application. If you are having difficulty with your password, please contact library staff and we will help you reset your password.
How Can I Access My Library Account and Update My Card Info?
To view and update your library account and card information online: