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 After Testing webpage provides guidance on next steps following COVID-19 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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Kick Off FCPL's 2022 Year of Literacy With Book Clubs in January

Celebrate Literacy with Book Clubs in January, 2022 FCPL Year of Literacy

The first month of Fairfax County Public Library’s (FCPL) 2022 Year of Literacy is devoted to a celebration of general literacy. Book clubs are a wonderful way to share a love of literacy. This year, some new book clubs join the list of tried-and-true favorites. Browse the options; we have book clubs to appeal to all ages and interests, to those who are ready to make new friends in person, and those who prefer to meet virtually!

For Adults

The Point of View (P.O.V.) Book Club meets monthly at Sherwood Regional Library in Alexandria. Discover new points of view by reading authors from varying backgrounds and with varying perspectives. Selections include fiction and nonfiction. For adults. No registration required.

The Nonfiction Book Club meets monthly at Sherwood Regional Library in Alexandria. This new group will discuss recent nonfiction books on various topics. Its first meeting will focus on The Velvet Rope Economy: How Inequality Became Big Business by Nelson Schwartz. Copies are available to pick up at Sherwood Regional Library on the events table, and this title is also available as an eAudiobook through Libby.

Travel the world from your couch with the Read Global Book Group! Meet with fellow travelers virtually each month to discuss books set in various locales across the globe.

The Sherwood Novel Book Group meets monthly at Sherwood Regional Library in Alexandria. This month, the group is reading The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis and in February will be reading The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult.

Currently held virtually, the Book Talk for Book Lovers hosted by Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library promises lively discussion each month.

The Online Classic Books Discussion meets on a Thursday afternoon once a month to join writer/scholar Amanda Holmes Duffy in discussion of a classic novel. 

For the Amateur Detective

The Mystery Book Club meets in person at FCPL’s Chantilly Regional branch and delves into a different mystery novel each month.

Join in the monthly unraveling of a whodunit or thriller one Wednesday afternoon each month with the Mystery Book Club at Oakton Library.

Love mysteries but don’t want to venture out? We have an Online Mystery Book Club that meets monthly!

For School-age Children

The American Girl Book Club meets virtually each month to talk about the beloved history series. Dolls are invited, but not required!

Don’t want to read solo? Children ages 6 to 12 can join the Read-Along Book Club to enjoy a live reading of that day’s chapters with Ms. Sara. This group is great for English Language Learning (ELL) students.

For Teens

Fairfax teens are invited to join us virtually for our Teen PRIDE Book Club, which meets each month to discuss a book with LGBTQA+ themes.

Join other readers aged 12 to 18 each month at Herndon Fortnightly Library for its Teen Book Club.

For English Language Learners

Practice your English with other English Language Learners each month in Falls Church at Thomas Jefferson Library's ELL Book Club. Can’t make it to Falls Church? Join our virtual ELL Book Club once a month!

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Public Catalog Unavailable 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 2

FCPL staff members are performing an upgrade of the integrated library system (ILS), on Tuesday, Nov. 2. The ILS manages, integrates and centralizes many core library functions and services. Because of this upgrade, the public catalog will be unavailable to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day. Cardholders will not be able to access item searches or account information, place holds or pay fees during this time period.

FCPL hopes to minimize the impact to cardholders by scheduling the upgrade on Nov. 2, when all FCPL branches are closed for the county's Election Day holiday.

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Seven Tips for a Successful School Year

Did you know the library can help students study, write reports and do homework? Let us be your partner in academic success! Use these seven tips to maximize your learning this school year with services and resources available for free from Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL).

Tip #1 - Get support and guidance from library staff.

a girl in a gray shirt with black hair in a pony tail stands at the library info desk talking to a library staff member behind the desk You are not alone at the library — or wherever you are with internet access or a mobile device! Library staff are trained to help students find legitimate information sources in branch and online, including historical newspapers, speeches, reference databases, trusted websites and more.

  • Visit the Information Desk at a branch for in-person support with research and help finding physical materials.
  • Connect with library staff from anywhere using the Ask Your Library service, available via the web browser of your computer, tablet or mobile device, and via SMS text on your phone (carrier message and data rates may apply). Click the "Ask Your Library" button on the FCPL website or text 571-556-5025 for live support Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Need a different way to reach us? Call your local branch or send us an email at wwwlib@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Tip #2 - Take advantage of free tutoring sessions.

While the library does not provide tutoring services, we can connect you with them — including virtual and in-branch sessions!

  • a man and boy both wearing masks sit at a table discussing an assignment on a piece of paperBrainfuse HelpNow, a new FCPL resource available beginning Sept. 1, 2021, provides live, online tutoring and homework help for students in grades K-12. Tutors are available to meet virtually in English and Spanish every day after 4 p.m. A library card is required to use HelpNow outside the library.
  • Students in grades K-6 can also sign up for GIVE tutoring sessions hosted in multiple branches weekends throughout the academic year. High school student volunteers with Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Education (GIVE) provided the tutoring.
Tip #3 - Access 24/7 homework help online.

The library's Homework Resources guide is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you find free resources to explore new ideas and get help with homework topics.

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a shelf in the Virginia Room library holding rows of local yearbooksTip #4 - Find books, magazines and newspapers.

Whether you’re studying classics, history, current events or any other subject, with a library card you have at your fingertips more than 2.3 million items in the library's collection of digital and physical materials.

Tip #5 - Check out library items with just your name — and no fines!

FCPL provides all Fairfax County Public Schools students in pre-K through grade 12 with a fine-free public library virtual account called a Library Equity Access Pass (LEAP). All you need is your name to check out physical materials at a branch, and you can check out up to three items at a time for six weeks each.

Tip #6 - Use library resources to prep for fall SATs and ACTs.

Several different online sources offer test preparation for SAT, ACT, AP and SOL exams. Start with LearningExpress Library for a wide range of options (library card required).

a young woman wearing a mask points over the shoulder of another young woman wearing a mask and sitting at a library desktop computerTip #7 - Access free Wi-Fi and computers.

Whether you have your own device or not, simply log in to do just about any online research and project preparation needed for school assignments.

  • Bring your own laptop, tablet or mobile device and connect to free Wi-Fi from inside any branch and even from outside many of them. As of April 2021, all public branches without parking garages have expanded exterior wireless access.
  • Can't bring your own hardware? Use ours! The library offers more than 400 public computers at our branches, all equipped with Microsoft Office apps, internet access and printing and scanning capabilities.
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Register for the September Josh Bell Book Club Meeting

Fairfax County Public Library is excited to announce registration is open for the fifth meeting of Josh Bell’s Book Club, a partnership between FCPL and the Washington Nationals. Library cardholders can now register for the book discussion with Josh Bell to be held virtually Sept. 17 at 12 p.m. Check out September's book Master the Media by Julie Smith.

Make sure to register with the email address that is associated with your Zoom account. Register now!

Nationals fans, book lovers and anyone exploring self-improvement, seeking out good, or pursuing progress: Josh Bell's Book Club is for you. Bell has has purposefully chosen books for his club that offer concepts, mindsets and inspiration for being and becoming better. Books – Betterment – Progress is a continuum: we can learn through books, we can become better and we can achieve progress.

Each month Bell will announce another book in this season-long series. Read the book and join Bell and librarians from FCPL and Prince George's County Memorial Library in engaging discussions about what resonated. Check back often to register for the virtual book discussions and to see which books are next in this series.

We and Josh Bell look forward to seeing you on Sept. 17!

Register now!

 

 

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Register for the August Josh Bell Book Club Meeting

Fairfax County Public Library is excited to announce registration is open for the fourth meeting of Josh Bell’s Book Club, a partnership between FCPL and the Washington Nationals. Library cardholders can now register for the book discussion with Josh Bell to be held virtually Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. Check out August's book Grit Factor: 15 attributes to doing life better by Logan Stout.

Make sure to register with the email address that is associated with your Zoom account. Register now!

Nationals fans, book lovers and anyone exploring self-improvement, seeking out good, or pursuing progress: Josh Bell's Book Club is for you. Bell has has purposefully chosen books for his club that offer concepts, mindsets and inspiration for being and becoming better. Books – Betterment – Progress is a continuum: we can learn through books, we can become better and we can achieve progress.

Each month Bell will announce another book in this season-long series. Read the book and join Bell and librarians from FCPL and Prince George's County Memorial Library in engaging discussions about what resonated. Check back often to register for the virtual book discussions and to see which books are next in this series.

We and Josh Bell look forward to seeing you on Aug. 15!

Register now!

 

 

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Behind the Scenes at FCPL: The Intern Experience

A local aspiring librarian shares his story of working in a branch while pursuing his Master of Library Science degree.

By Dylan Wokeck, Intern, Richard Byrd Library (January-April 2021)


library intern Dylan with dark hair and glasses stands in front of library shelves of books and holds a photo of his grandmotherFacilitating Reading and Learning

Interning at a library is an enlightening experience offering unique rewards if you have the mindset to receive them. When I began my internship at Richard Byrd Library in late January, FCPL branches were closed to the public and offering users full access to the physical collection through curbside pickup of items placed on hold.

Most days I saw our list of holds exceed 150, and some days it was more than 200. These items had to be hunted down throughout the library, scanned into the computer system, have a sticker placed on them, and put on our hold shelf or transferred to other libraries.

Every moment of this was exciting. These holds meant that people were using the library, even during a pandemic! The work I was doing was facilitating reading and learning. You may not know why someone is checking out something from the library, but you know that you are improving some aspect of their life by getting it to them.

Offering In-Person Support

My experience was made all the better once the library buildings reopened to the public. It started as a trickle of visitors, but it was still wonderful to see people return to the branch. Not only could I collect holds, but Library Information Assistant Anne Sinclair and Branch Manager Valerie Suttee helped train me also to answer all of our visitors’ questions.

I still have a lot to learn — and helping readers find new titles they may enjoy takes a lot of practice — but these two FCPL staff members and everyone else at Richard Byrd have provided exceptional support in my preparation to become a librarian on my own.

A Legacy of Library Service

Before she passed away, my grandmother told me she worked as a library page at Richard Byrd Library around 1959. While she didn’t stay in the library for her career, she did continue to help people by providing home health and hospice care. I may not be going into the medical field, but I am following partially in her footsteps and looking forward to working in a position dedicated to helping others.

Dylan graduated from East Carolina University (Greenville, N.C.) in May 2021 with his Master of Library Science (MLS) degree and continues to volunteer at Richard Byrd Library.

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Registration Now Open for July meeting of Josh Bell's Book Club

Josh Bell Book ClubFairfax County Public Library is excited to announce registration is open for the third meeting of Josh Bell’s Book Club, a partnership between FCPL and the Washington Nationals. Library cardholders can now register for the second book discussion with Josh Bell to be held virtually July 18 at 7 p.m. Check out July's book After the Rain: Gentle Reminders for Healing, Courage, and Self-Love by Alexandra Elle,

Make sure to register with the email address that is associated with your Zoom account. Register now!

Nationals fans, book lovers and anyone exploring self-improvement, seeking out good, or pursuing progress: Josh Bell's Book Club is for you. Bell has has purposefully chosen books for his club that offer concepts, mindsets and inspiration for being and becoming better. Books – Betterment – Progress is a continuum: we can learn through books, we can become better and we can achieve progress.

Each month Bell will announce another book in this season-long series. Read the book and join Bell and librarians from FCPL and Prince George's County Memorial Library in engaging discussions about what resonated. Check back often to register for the virtual book discussions and to see which books are next in this series.

We and Josh Bell look forward to seeing you on July 18!

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Registration Now Open for June Meeting of Josh Bell's Book Club

Josh Bell Book ClubFairfax County Public Library is excited to announce registration is open for the second meeting of Josh Bell’s Book Club, a partnership between FCPL and the Washington Nationals. Library cardholders can now register for the second book discussion with Josh Bell to be held virtually June 13 at 7 p.m. Check out June's book, Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven.

Make sure to register with the email address that is associated with your Zoom account. Register now!

Nationals fans, book lovers and anyone exploring self-improvement, seeking out good, or pursuing progress: Josh Bell's Book Club is for you. Bell has has purposefully chosen books for his club that offer concepts, mindsets and inspiration for being and becoming better. Books – Betterment – Progress is a continuum: we can learn through books, we can become better and we can achieve progress.

Each month Bell will announce another book in this season-long series. Read the book and join Bell and librarians from FCPL and Prince George's County Memorial Library in engaging discussions about what resonated. Check back often to register for the virtual book discussions and to see which books are next in this series.

We and Josh Bell look forward to seeing you on June 13!

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