Library

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Office: 8:00–4:30 M–F. Branch hours vary. Please call your branch's direct line with account and eBook questions.

703-324-3100
TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 324
Fairfax, VA 22035

Jessica Hudson,
Director

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COVID Test Kits Unavailable at FCPL Until Further Notice.

Please see the alert bar at the top of this page and all FCPL web pages for the most up-to-date information about availability.

The Virginia Department of Health's Supporting Testing Access through Community Collaboration (STACC) program, which provided COVID-19 rapid tests for distribution through local libraries, is on hold due to supply chain issues. FCPL has been informed the program will restart when supply issues have been resolved.

More information on COVID-19 Testing in Fairfax County is available from the Fairfax County Health Department. Additionally, free at-home COVID-19 tests are now available by ordering them online through a federal government website.

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Limited Supply of COVID-19 Test Kits Available Wednesday, Jan. 12

Call your branch to confirm availability before traveling to pick up a kit. Please see the alert bar at the top of this page and all FCPL web pages for the most up-to-date information about availability.

Limited supply of COVID-19 Rapid Tests Available

A limited supply of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests will be available at four Fairfax County Public Library regional branches Wednesday morning when they open at 10 a.m. The tests, provided by the Virginia Department of Health, will be available at the Reston, George Mason, Chantilly and Sherwood regional libraries. Only 300 tests will be available at each branch. Because of the limited supply, tests are restricted to four per household while supplies last.

Know Before You Go

Information about who should be tested is available at the Virginia Department of Health’s website.

The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test kits are virtually guided by a trained telehealth proctor; proctors are available who speak English and Spanish. The tests require an internet connection, an internet-enabled device (computer, mobile phone or tablet) with a webcam or front-facing camera, microphone, speaker and supported web browser, and a valid photo ID to show the proctor. Information on supported browsers is available at this webpage.

Individuals who test positive should isolate and follow up with their health care provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The VDH Antigen Testing Recommendations webpage provides guidance on next steps following antigen test results.

More information on this program is available here or by calling 1-877-829-4682.

If you need to be tested and can’t locate a rapid test, more information is available here.

These rapid tests are made available through FCPL's participation in the Virginia Department of Health's Supporting Testing Access through Community Collaboration program.

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FCPL Announces Schedule Modification

FCPL temporary hours adjustmentBeginning Sunday, Jan. 16, and effective through April 1, all regional and community Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) branches will be closed every Sunday and Monday. These branches will open in keeping with their regularly scheduled hours Tuesday through Saturday.

Regional libraries will be open Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Community libraries will be open Tuesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Access Services branch located at the Fairfax County Government Center will maintain its usual hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

View a system map and listing of regional and community branches.

The current surge in COVID-19 cases and a high number of vacancies necessitated this change in hours.

FCPL is always available online! Search our digital offerings via Libby, or explore ten other ways to enjoy your local library from home.

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FCPL Board of Trustees Approves Move to Fine-Free Library Service Model

FCPL is now fine freeAt its Dec. 8 virtual meeting, the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) Board of Trustees approved a new policy that ends the practice of charging overdue fines on most library materials.

"The FCPL Board of Trustees has approved eliminating fines on most library materials and joins surrounding jurisdictions in removing this significant barrier to equitable access to information and library services," said FCPL Board of Trustees Chair Fran Millhouser.

Library staff members are working to ensure the system is set to forgive fines already incurred and stop imposing most fines beginning around Jan. 1, 2022.

Overdue fines remain in effect for some special collections and interlibrary loan materials.

“Equity is driving our shift to a fine-free model of library services; we don’t want accrual of overdue fines to deter anyone who wants to use the library,” said FCPL Director Jessica Hudson.

FCPL analysis showed that overdue fines disproportionately affected young people and those in low-income areas. Pre-pandemic, “blocked” cards (accounts not allowed to check out materials due to having more than $15 in fines) were about 17% of the total cardholder population. “Blocked” youth cards (accounts for users under the age of 18) were 23% of the youth cardholder population.

“Blocked” card numbers are higher in areas served by Reston Regional Library (Hunter Mill District), City of Fairfax Regional Library, George Mason Regional Library (Mason District), Kingstowne Library (Mt. Vernon/Lee District) and Sherwood Regional Library (Mt. Vernon District). There appears to be a link between low-income communities and higher numbers of blocked library accounts.

Library systems around the nation, including in all neighboring counties, have gone fine-free and experienced surges in returned materials. These systems have also found that their cardholders continue to return materials on time, even without the threat of fines, Hudson said.

FCPL’s special collections that will continue to incur overdue fines include but are not limited to: interlibrary loan materials, Chromebooks and mobile hotspots.

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Free Rapid COVID-19 Antigen At-home Test Kits Available At Fairfax County Public Library Branches Beginning Friday
Call your branch to confirm availability before traveling to pick up a kit. Please see the alert bar at the top of this page and all FCPL web pages for the most up-to-date information about availability.

COVID testsFairfax County residents can pick up rapid COVID-19 antigen at-home test kits for free at their local libraries beginning Dec. 3, 2021. The Virginia Department of Health is partnering with libraries as part of a pilot program to provide these tests to the public so community members can know their status and get early care. Early action can help break transmission.

“Libraries are trusted community hubs, and we are pleased to support public health initiatives like this partnership with the Virginia Department of Health,” said FCPL Director Jessica Hudson.

The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test kits are virtually guided by a trained telehealth proctor; proctors are available who speak English and Spanish. The tests require an internet connection, an internet-enabled device (computer, mobile phone or tablet) with a webcam or front-facing camera, microphone, speaker and supported web browser, and a valid photo ID to show the proctor. Information on supported browsers is available at this webpage.

Once completed, rapid antigen tests provide results in 15 minutes.

Neither proof of residency nor a library card is required to pick up the test kits. Tests should not be completed in the library; however, most FCPL branches provide a strong Wi-Fi signal in their parking lots.

For those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, FCPL asks they request kits via the library’s contactless curbside pickup service.

FCPL’s community branches are open Monday through Saturday, and its eight regional branches are open seven days a week. Details about branch hours and locations are available on the library’s website. Tests will be available at all FCPL branches.

Information about who should be tested is available at the Virginia Department of Health’s website.

Individuals who test positive should isolate and follow up with their health care provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The VDH Antigen Testing Recommendations webpage provides guidance on next steps following antigen test results.

More information on this program is available here or by calling 1-877-829-4682.

If you need a test, more information is available here.

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FCPL to Resume Normal Services & Introduce New Hours June 5

Welcome to Our New NormalFairfax County Public Library (FCPL) will resume normal services and introduce new hours Saturday, June 5.

Patrons will once again be able to visit FCPL branches without time or capacity limits to enjoy the full range of library services and resources.

Under the new expanded hours, regional branches will be open:

  • 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Community branches will be open:

  • 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
  • Community branches will not be open on Sundays.

Curbside services will remain available to patrons on days branches are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more about curbside service at the library.

Public PCs will be available for use at pre-pandemic levels: 30-minute sessions, with unlimited sessions per card per day.

In-person library programming, hosted indoors or outdoors, may resume as of June 5. FCPL will continue to offer robust virtual programming for all ages, which can be found on the FCPL online calendarYouTube channel and Facebook page. Learn about the top 10 ways to access FCPL resources at home.

Available meeting rooms will reopen for public bookings beginning June 5.

FCPL’s standard circulation procedures will resume or remain in place. This includes: returned materials will not be quarantined, items will be due after their normal circulation period, fines will be assessed for materials returned late, and holds will expire if not picked up before the pick-up date.

Ask Your Library chat support via the website and text messaging will continue to be available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Branches are accepting donations but we recommend calling to check with your individual branch first.

Plexiglass shields at customer service desks will remain in place at this time.

All employees and visitors — regardless of vaccination status — are required to wear a mask while inside all Fairfax County facilities to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Please do not visit a branch if you have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone who tested positive or are awaiting COVID-19 test results.

Please find more pandemic-related information on the county’s COVID-19 webpage or the emergency blog.

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FCPL and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

AAPI MonthThis Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) supports statements from the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association and American Library Association condemning ongoing anti-Asian hate crimes.

FCPL serves a large county with a diverse population and works to build community and end racism toward all people of color by replacing violence and fear with inclusiveness and enlightenment.

Your library is committed to the County’s One Fairfax policy of social and racial equity. We provide materials, create community programs, and have spaces that are open and welcoming to all.

In the words of Nelson Mandela: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

For parents and caregivers working to teach love and tolerance, FCPL offers racial and social equity resources to support your efforts and has curated a list of online resources about the AAPI community. For others wishing to learn more, we offer additional resources and events for all ages this month.


 

 

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Browsing Once Again: FCPL Reopens

Martha Washington Reopens

Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) branches reopened their doors to customers Monday morning after two months of curbside pickup and virtual services only.

At Reston Regional Library, customers were waiting at the door when branches opened at 10 a.m.

Elizabeth O’Malley, a Vienna resident, browsed the “hot picks” section toward the front of the library. “I’ve done some [curbside] pickup but I’ve missed the library,” she said.

customers at Reston RegionalFive-year-old Claire Dawson perched on a stool along the stacks, surrounded by her book choices.

“We were very excited to come today, it’s a great library,” said Claire’s grandmother, Barbara Canody.

Claire wanted scary books. “I like scary like Halloween,” she said. Their family also loves using FCPL’s eBook offerings and other materials, Canody said. Claire also picked out some Disney DVDs, including “Sleeping Beauty.”

By day’s end, 379 people had visited the Reston branch.

Wanla FreerLibrary staff members are as excited to have customers back inside as the customers are to browse the stacks. Wanla Freer has worked at Reston Regional Library since 1994. Earlier this month, the FCPL Board of Trustees presented her with the annual Staff Excellence Award, which is based on customer nominations.

“This is the happiest day,” Freer said of Monday’s reopening. “This is my home. Everybody knows me, and I know them.”

Sujatha Perakalapudi, another Staff Excellence Award winner, was happy to see customers again. “I like to talk with new people every day and help our community,” she said.

Across the county at Martha Washington library, Branch Manager Cathy Noonan accepted gifts and thanks from the Mount Vernon Rotary Club.

The library and its services offered “a refuge, a place of peace” during the pandemic, said Mount Vernon Rotary President Helen Walutes.

“I like to talk with new people every day and help our community.”

Martha Washington library also did brisk business Monday, with about 200 customers stopping by to check out materials.

Hannah Dorr browsed for new books with her mother and grandmother. Hannah had missed visiting the big stuffed owl that decorates Martha Washington’s children’s section, her mother said. While Hannah loves Dora the Explorer, she also discovered new books in grab bags put together by Martha Washington’s librarians for curbside pickup while the branches were closed, said her mother Jennifer.

Though staff has worked throughout the pandemic putting together virtual programming, checking in books, filling curbside requests and more, Charlotte Reineck missed the bustle of customer activity, she said. Reineck, the page manager at Martha Washington, is another Staff Excellence Award winner. On Monday she was checking in and reshelving books.

“I like creating order out of chaos and establishing relationships with patrons, the regulars,” she said.

FCPL library branches are open for interior Express Service Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Curbside services continue to be offered Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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FCPL Set to Reopen for Express Services March 22

Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) will reopen for interior Express Services Monday, March 22.

Customers will be able to visit FCPL branches for up to 30 minutes Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Curbside pickup of materials on hold will remain available to customers Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capacity limits will be in place: up to 30 members of the public at a time may be in community branches and up to 60 may be in regional branches.

Library programming will remain virtual and meeting rooms will remain closed at this time.

Ask Your Library via the website and text messaging will continue to be available 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Please do not visit a branch if you have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone who tested positive or are awaiting COVID-19 test results.

We will continue to offer robust virtual programming for all ages, which can be found on our YouTube channel and Facebook page. Learn about the top 10 ways to access FCPL resources at home.

Please find more pandemic-related information on the county’s COVID-19 webpage or the emergency blog.

Learn more about curbside service at the library.

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Something Told, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something To Do

four circles with imagery for something "told" "new" "borrowed" and "to do"To wish you good luck in the new year, FCPL is offering:

Something told: One Community, Many Stories

Something new: eBooks of the Month

Something borrowed: 2.1 million items available!

Something to do: Winter Reading Challenge

Our new One Community, Many Stories virtual storytime series will feature each month a member of a marginalized community reading a children’s book that reflects their lived experience. Stay tuned to our events calendar for more information and schedule details!

Beginning January 1, we’re launching an eBook of the Month program, which will offer two hand-selected eBooks for unlimited use each month. Click here to learn more and find out which titles we’ve chosen for January!

For more reading-related fun in the new year, plan to join in our new Winter Reading Challenges for all ages. Our virtual Summer Reading Challenges were a huge hit, so we didn’t want to wait a whole year to do it again! Plus, we’re eager to introduce Beanstack as our new platform for reading challenge activities and logs. Stay tuned to our website and social media for sign up instructions, and mark your calendar for a virtual author event with Gale Galligan on January 11 to kick off the youth winter reading challenge.

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