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Local History/Special Collections is located inside the Barrett Branch Library.  While the library is PHASE TWO, it is available by virtual appointment only.

Effective December 7, 2020 Alexandria Library will return to PHASE TWO of the library's reopening plan.

Local History & Special Collections is closed to the public, however staff are working remotely and curbside service is available.

You may contact Local History & Special Collections staff by phone or email or set up a virtual appointment during the following hours:

  • Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

While staff at Local History & Special Collections endeavor to respond with 24 hours, please understand that it may take as long as 2 weeks to respond depending on the currentl level of staffing.  LH/SC can only provide a maximum of 2 hours of research per request.

Recommended resources while you are waiting:  Alexandria Library's Databases; Chronicling America; Virginia Chronicle; Hathi Trust; Documenting the American South; Library of Virginia - Virginia Memory; National Archives.

Hours & Location
Mon, Feb 22 Closed
Tue, Feb 23 Closed
Wed, Feb 24 Closed
Thu, Feb 25 Closed
Fri, Feb 26 Closed
Sat, Feb 27 Closed
Sun, Feb 28 Closed

717 Queen Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: 703.746.1706
Fax: 703.746.1708
About the branch

While in PHASE TWO, this branch is only available by virtual appointment only.

Parking: No library parking lot.  Street parking is available.  A paid parking lot is available on the 100 block of North Alfred Street.

Public Transit:

  • Metrorail: Yellow and Blue lines at Braddock Road (1 mile) and King Street Stations (1.1 miles). 
  • Metrobus: 10A, 10B, 10E, 11Y
  • DASH Bus: AT2/AT5/AT8
  • King Street Trolley:  King & Columbus




"Esteemed bookes of lawe" and the legal culture of early Virginia

Servants of Allah : African Muslims enslaved in the Americas

Shelter in a time of storm : how Black colleges fostered generations of leadership and activism

Where we find ourselves : the photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897-1922

Department stores and the black freedom movement : workers, consumers, and civil rights from the 1930s to the 1980s

Norfolk, Virginia, registry of free Negroes, 1835-1861 : abstracts

See the last year of staff picks for Local History & Special Collections >>