Welcome to the virtual branch of the Alexandria Library!
We offer you access to the world of electronic information. Not only can you access our records of
holdings and availability, but we offer access to full text articles from thousands of magazines, journals
and newspapers through our online databases. You can search genealogy records with Ancestry Library
Edition, borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks on Libby and download digital music with Freegal. Free public
access to the Internet is available at all branches as well as free Wi-Fi access for laptops and mobile
Although we have done much to improve our digital services, we have not forgotten our physical
offerings. In 2015 the Alexandria Library assumed management of the Alexandria Law Library. This
addition to the library network has benefited local litigators and the general public. Access to quality
legal information increases the ability of people to seek and obtain fair, accessible, and equitable
assistance in reaching an outcome under the law.
In 2009, and again in 2014 and 2019, the library highlighted the anniversary of America’s first ever
library sit-in for civil rights. On August 21, 1939, Alexandria Library staff and patrons watched as a young
African American entered and asked to register for a library card. When he was refused, he picked up a
book, took a seat, and began to read. Minutes later, another well-groomed and polite young adult
repeated these actions. This continued until the young people occupied five tables. Each one sat in
silence and read a book. Flustered library staff called the police. While none of these men received a
library card at the time, the event has been a catapult for library programming and services to highlight
the contributions and needs of the multicultural community that we serve.
During the recent challenges presented during the global pandemic, the Alexandria Library has risen to
the challenge by providing excellent customer service with curbside service, virtual reference services
and online programming. We soon realized that many customers were unable to access the internet.
The Burke Branch Library piloted a program that would allow those without internet access an
opportunity to use an Outdoor Computer Café hosted in the library’s parking lot.
We remain committed to having books and the types of programming that people have come into
libraries to use for years and will continue to offer both in-person and virtual opportunities for our
community to learn, explore, create and connect.