Local History Room

  1. Temporary Location Closing July 10 to Begin Library Move

    The library renovation and expansion project is coming to an end and the outside of the new library building is looking great! There’s still work that needs to be done on the inside including moving our entire collection into its new home and setting up public and staff spaces. Our temporary location (at 601 S. Oak St.) will close permanently and we will suspend curbside pickup service starting July 10 at 5 pm so we can begin the process of moving back into our library building at 120 N. Virginia Ave, which will re-open on Monday, August 16, at 10 am. Learn more...

COVID & BLM History Project 

The Local History Room is collecting photos, stories, short video clips, and other digital content to record how City of Falls Church residents have been experiencing COVID-19 and the recent Black Lives Matter social equity movement.

Local History Room CLOSED During Library Renovation 

  • The Local History Room is CLOSED until construction is completed for the Library Expansion & Renovation Project in May/June 2021. 
  • Because space is limited in the temporary location the library will be using during construction, the entire local history collection has been placed in storage and will be inaccessible until the renovated library reopens. 
  • The renovated library will include a new, larger, more prominent Local History Room on the Main Floor. 
  • The new Local History Room will also have re-instated regular weekly hours to encourage more "walk-in" use and to increase overall access to the local history collection. (For the last few years, access to the Local History Room has been "by appointment.")
  • While the room is closed, some of our historic photos and death notices can still be accessed online using our Local History Digital Collection & Index

Local History Digital Collection & Index

Search our newly updated and expanded Local History Digital Collection & Index to find (and view) Falls Church related photographs, death notices, and records for thousands of items in the our Local History Room!

Room Hours

The Local History Room is CLOSED while the library is expanded and renovated and will reopen in May/June 2021. 


Have a local history question? Perhaps we can help! Send us an email or leave us a message on our Local History Room voice mail at 703-248-5140 (TTY 711).

You can also send us a letter by regular mail at:
Local History Room
Mary Riley Styles Public Library
120 N. Virginia Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
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