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Curbside service will start on June 15, 2020 for customers who had items on hold before the library closed.  These customers will receive a notification that their holds are available.  These customers can then make a reservation to pick up their materials.

New holds can be placed on items starting around June 29, 2020.  Please wait until you receive a notification that your holds are available before making a pick-up reservation.

  • This service is for library card holders in good standing. 
  • If you have fines on your account, please pay them prior to placing holds.
  • No payments will be handled by staff during curbside pickup. 
  • Staff will not handle book returns.  Please use the library book drop to return your materials.
  • No book donations are being accepted at this time.
Effective Monday, June 15, Alexandria Library will offer an amnesty period. During this period, the library will waive fines and fees associated with materials which customers return during the amnesty period only. Fines and fees associated with items returned before the amnesty period will not be waived. Damaged and lost items will incur a replacement cost, but overdue fines will be removed. The amnesty period will last at least until July 31.  

Any items checked out with a return date of March 18, 2020 and after are not accruing fines or overdue bills. As a reminder, you may return your items in the bookdrops at all library locations. Please note that due to quarantining of items, your returned items will continue to show on your account for at least 72 hours, until they are checked in. Please check your library account here.

Please contact your local branch if you have questions about amnesty.
Alexandria Library wins
American Library Association Award
Alexandria Library has been named the 2020 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award for its program "We Are the Alexandria Library Sit-In."

The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence by providing programs that have community impact and respond to community needs.

Read more about the "We Are the Alexandria Library Sit-In" award here.
Virtual Programs at Alexandria Library
Check out our Virtual Programs!
While the Alexandria Library is closed, join us online for a virtual program!
Some events require registration prior to attending. View entire list here.
At Home with Barrett Library - Flower Crown
Tuesday, June 16 at 11:00am - Noon
Use what you have at home to build your domestic arts.

Kofi Dennis - Virtual Summer Quest
Tuesday, June 16 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Kofi Dennis is a drummer, storyteller, singer, and dancer who believes in the concept of learning through play.

The Hard Work of Diplomacy - A View from the Trenches in Washington and the Middle East
Tuesday, June 16 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The first in a multipart series about life in the state department. Join retired U.S. Ambassador, Tom Krajeski, for a discussion about his experience working in the Middle East.

Burke Book Club - My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
Wednesday, June 17 at 3:00pm - 4:30pm
We are taking our monthly book club discussion online. Take a vicarious and delightful journey with the Durrell family to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu.

Sisters in Crime Mystery Writers Panel - An Adult Summer Reading Event!
Thursday, June 18 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Join mystery authors Kathleen Barber, Mark Bergin, Tara Laskowski, Patrick Hyde and Grace Topping as they discuss how they became first- time published novelists! Moderated by Cathy Wiley.

15 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Financial Advisor - And Why Every Consumer Must Know Them: Part 1
Saturday, June 20 at 10:30am - 12:00pm
Part one of a three-part series focused on understanding the financial services industry.

Death Cafe
Saturday, June 20 at 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Death Cafes are an opportunity to demystify the death experience. We offer an open, safe environment for discussing thoughts, feelings about all manner death and dying.

Monthly Meditation
Monday, June 22 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Yoga in Daily Life joins us via Zoom for our Monthly meditation class. Grab your yoga mat, and get ready to relax!

Embassy Under Siege - How Diplomats in Liberia Faced Warlords, Rebels, & Refugees
Tuesday, June 23 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The second in a multipart series about life in the state department: retired U.S. Diplomat Chris Datta discusses his experiences in Liberia.
Join us on YouTube for Crafts, Songs and more
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