Ballston: Well-Stocked Public Library is Worth Checking Out

Reading a book

Read all about it: Whether you’re studying leading philosophers of the 18th century or simply trying to spot Waldo, the Arlington Central Library in Ballston likely has what you need.

The Arlington Public Library is an impressive collection of eight separate branches spread out all over the county, but its main branch, Arlington Central Library, sits in Ballston.

If you’re looking for an apartment in or near Ballston, it would behoove you to get a library card and come learn a little something.

Every Arlington Public Library branch offers free computers and Wi-Fi, all but one has some sort of book club, and each, of course, has many books.

But there are numerous strengths to Arlington Central Library that make it a leader among branches:

  • It boasts more books, programs and features than any other branch
  • It generally displays more art exhibits than any other branch.
  • It’s the only branch that’s open every day of the week, including from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Thursdays – hardly banker’s hours.
  • Lastly, Arlington Central Library houses the Virginia Room, a collection of books, photographs, maps and documents that focuses on the history and current affairs of Arlington County. Some of the more amazing items are Arlington-area maps from the 1600s to present and copies of the Alexandria Gazette dating back to 1784 (Arlington County used to be called Alexandria County).

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One of the more somber highlights of the Virginia Room is its Sept. 11 Oral History Project. In commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the attacks, the Virginia Room staff collected more than 30 interviews from firefighters, police officers, educators and Arlington citizens, each of whom had their own unique experience of the tragedy. The interviewees gave their opinions about the attacks and how they felt the event affected Arlington and the country as a whole. Another great feature to the Virginia Room is its genealogy section.

Arlington Central Library is located smack dab in the middle of two WMATA Metrorail stops on the Orange Line, Ballston-MU and Virginia Square-GMU, which is just another great reason to make Ballston your new home. You can find one of the metro area’s best libraries at:

Arlington Central Library
1015 N. Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22201

For apartment rental listings in the area, visit Apartment Showcase.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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