Community Branch Hours:
703-437-8855 | TTY: 711
The Herndon Fortnightly Library is located in the heart of the Town of Herndon—on the Town Green adjacent to the Municipal Center and the W&OD bicycle trail. The library offers a blend of small-town hospitality and large, cosmopolitan County resources. Come and enjoy reading the local newspapers, finding just the right book to read, attending a community meeting or children's storytime, using the resources of the Internet and talking about books with the staff.
Our NeighborhoodMake a day of your visit to the library and spend some time with some of our neighbors.
- We are about 50 steps away from access to the W&OD trail to our front door on the Town Green.
- Every Friday during the summer, there are concerts right outside our front door for Herndon's Friday Night Live.
- There is a Caboose and an old Train Depot which houses the Herndon Historical Society's museum on the other side of the Town Green.
- The town of Herndon was named after Captain William Herndon, a Virginia-born Naval Officer, whose ship, The Central America, was sunk off of Cape Hatteras during a hurricane in 1857. It was carrying gold. We have a book in the system about him, called "Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea."
"William Lewis Herndon." Dictionary of American Biography, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. Biography In Context. Accessed 6 Dec. 2018.
Branch Manager: Amanda T. Post
Board Trustee Member: Darren Ewing - Dranesville District
Volunteer Coordinator: Tania Ebrahimian (find volunteer opportunities at Herndon Fortnightly)
Friends Group President: Rick Fox
Access Services: One computer with ZoomText software
Display Cases: One
Book Sales: Ongoing and Annual
Special Collections: Spanish language collection: adult and children's material
Internet Access: 9 Internet stations with Microsoft Office plus wireless access is available.
Parking: 116 parking spaces
Please call the library to see when the foreign language speaker is available. Spanish, Korean, Italian
1: Hours and location
2: Renew books, account information, overdue or lost books
3: Confirm items on hold
4: Program information and signup
5: Reference information and homework, place a hold or a shelf check
6: Repeat the menu
For other information, to speak to a specific person, or if you have a rotary phone, please stay on the line.
Friends of the Herndon Fortnightly Library
How Herndon Fortnightly Got Its Name
Herndon Fortnightly Library had its beginnings as a club library. In 1889, eleven women in the village of Herndon formed a study club dedicated to "the mutual improvement of its members in literature, art, science and the vital interests of the day." They called it the Fortnightly Club because they decided to meet once every two weeks.
Members and friends gathered a basic collection of 40 books to use for research. By 1900, the club opened its library of over 1,000 books to the public in a rented room in the downtown area. The club broadened its scope by becoming affiliated with the General Federation of Women's Clubs in 1912, although its primary focus was providing library service to Herndon. The town and the Fortnightly Library suffered a setback in 1917 when much of Herndon, including the library's collection, was destroyed by fire. However, less than a year later, the club once again had 1,000 books on its shelves.
In 1926, years of fund-raising efforts built up a library building fund which resulted in the construction of a cream-colored brick library at 660 Spring Street in 1927. The library was staffed by Fortnightly Club volunteers, funded by donations, fund-raisers, and fees for library cards. This building is pictured in the painting that hangs over the elevator door on the current library's second floor.
The Fairfax County Public Library was established in 1939, and began a relationship with the Fortnightly Library and other small community libraries by sending rotating collections of books. Following community requests to establish a branch in Herndon, the Fairfax County Public Library took over the operation of the Herndon library. The Fortnightly Club offered to lease the library building to the county. A deal was struck, and on March 7, 1972, the Herndon Fortnightly Library opened.
In 1989, Fairfax County voters approved a $39.1 million capital improvement bond referendum which included funding for new libraries in Centreville, Chantilly, Great Falls, and Herndon. The new Herndon Fortnightly Library on Center Street opened in May 1995, the "Fortnightly" name being kept in honor of the many years the Club operated the library with a volunteer staff. Members of the Fortnightly Club continue to maintain a close relationship with the library and its staff, supporting the library and its services with volunteer labor, gifts, and donations. The Fortnightly Club is a sponsor of the library's annual Open House, a tradition dating back to the branch's Spring Street days, as well as other library activities throughout the year.
For More Information:
Fortnightly Club and Library Association of Herndon, Virginia. The Fortnightly Club and Library Association of Herndon: The First Hundred Years, 1889-1989. Herndon, Virginia: The Fortnightly Club, 1989.
Netherton, Nan. Books and Beyond: Fairfax County Public Library's First Fifty Years. Fairfax, Virginia: Fairfax County Public Library, 1989.