close
Font size options
Increase or decrease the font size for this website by clicking on the 'A's.
Contrast options
Choose a colour combintion to give he most comfortable contrast.

CHARLES E. BEATLEY, JR. CENTRAL LIBRARY

Hours & Location
Mon, Mar 30 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Mar 31 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Apr 01 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Apr 02 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Apr 03 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Apr 04 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Apr 05 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Address
5005 Duke Street
Alexandria
Alexandria, VA 22304
Tel: 703.746.1702
Fax: 703.746.1763
About the branch

Parking: The library has a large parking lot with 175 spaces.

Public Transit:

  • Metrorail: King Street Station (Yellow & Blue Lines 3.2 miles); Van Dorn Station (Blue Line 2.1 miles)
  • Metrobus: 8Z, 29K, 29N, 21A, 25B
  • DASH Bus: AT7, AT8

Upcoming Events
Wed, Apr 01, 10:30am - 11:15am
Picture Book Area
Join us for stories, songs, movement, and music for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Wed, Apr 01, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Story Room
Babies and their caregivers enjoy songs, stories, lap bounces, and gentle playtime. Ages 0-11 months with adult.

Wed, Apr 01, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Small Conference Room
This club is for the social enjoyment of the game of Bridge. It is open to all all levels. Beginners welcome.

Canceled
Wed, Apr 01, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Join us for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math themed storytimes and activities. Ages 5-8 with adult.

Wed, Apr 01, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bring the whole family for an evening of creative play with Lego. Just bring your imaginations, we have loads of Lego and Duplo! All ages.

Thu, Apr 02, 10:30am - 11:00am
Story Room
Stories, songs, movement, and music just for one and two-year-olds. Ages 12-35 months with an adult.

Thu, Apr 02, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Story Room
Stories, songs, movement, and activities just for preschool children. Ages 3-5 with adult.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 02, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Choose your favorite books and read to a friendly trained dog. Ages 6-12, or younger independent readers.

Thu, Apr 02, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Knitting Club for kids! Learn to knit under the guidance of experienced knitters. All supplies will be provided. Join us in the Children's area. Ages 8-18.

Fri, Apr 03, 10:30am - 11:15am
Large Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, movement, and music for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Canceled
Fri, Apr 03, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Colombian grade-school teacher Luis Soriano brings books, via two hard-working donkeys, to the children of Magdalena Province's poor and violence-ridden interior.

Sat, Apr 04, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Picture Book Area
Please join us for a special firefighter storytime, then head outside to join the Alexandria Fire Department to learn all about a fire engine and see one up close. All ages with adult.

Canceled
Sat, Apr 04, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
“Prepare to Perform!” is a workshop facilitated by Poet Laureate of Alexandria, Virginia, KaNikki Jakarta.

Sun, Apr 05, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Story Room
Talk to a financial counselor for free!Register

Sun, Apr 05, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Large Meeting Room
Tips and tricks for selling a home in the DC area.

Sun, Apr 05, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Large Meeting Room
Tips and tricks for buying a home in the DC area.

Sun, Apr 05, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Small Conference Room
Do you love to read romance novels? Want to talk about them with other romance book lovers? Join us! Email reflib@alexlibraryva.org for info about this month's selection or to join our email list.

Mon, Apr 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Large Meeting Room
Join us for an engaging musical puppet show where kids will learn all about creatures from Virginia's wetlands. All ages with adult.

Mon, Apr 06, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Large Meeting Room
Join us for an engaging musical puppet show where kids will learn all about creatures from Virginia's wetlands. All ages with adult.

Mon, Apr 06, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Large Meeting Room
Looking to attract more birds, butterflies and pollinators to your yard and in the process help our local ecosystem? Register

Tue, Apr 07, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Large Meeting Room
Share your projects, tips and ideas, and enjoy the company of other crafters while you do your craft of choice.

Tue, Apr 07, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Small Conference Room
Learn to code with IT professional Ms. Bortolotti. Ages 8-14.

Wed, Apr 08, 10:15am - 11:30am
Small Conference Room
This class will introduce you to Overdrive & Libby, help you create an account, and get you started reading or listening. Please bring your device (phone, tablet, or laptop) and library card!

Canceled
Wed, Apr 08, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
About to take the SAT? Come take a practice exam to see what it’s like! Ages 13-18.

Wed, Apr 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Large Meeting Room
Join us for a death-themed book club and discussion, plus tea!

Canceled
Thu, Apr 09, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join us in celebration of All Alexandria Reads's teen book: Suggested Reading by Dave Connis. We will be re-purposing discarded books and making them into poetry and visual art. Ages 11-18.

Thu, Apr 09, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Story Room
Join us every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month for a special playtime geared towards children with sensory processing disorders and intellectual and physical disabilities. Ages 2-12 with adult.

Thu, Apr 09, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Large Meeting Room
Join Matt Ligas, AIA, LEED, AP, Principal of Architecture at Michael Graves Architecture and Design, as he talks about legendary architect Michael Graves.

Thu, Apr 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Knitting Club for kids! Learn to knit under the guidance of experienced knitters. All supplies will be provided. Join us in the Children's area. Ages 8-18.

Fri, Apr 10, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Large Meeting Room
A young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farm boy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love. Rated PG.

Sat, Apr 11, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Large Meeting Room
Join the Alexandria Arlington Regional Gaming Group (AARGGH) in a Grand Gaming Melee. Bring games you want to play, or come without games and play what others bring.

Sat, Apr 11, 11:00am - 11:45am
Picture Book Area
Stories, music, and movement for the entire family. All ages with adult.

Sun, Apr 12, All day
All Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Sunday, April 12 in observance of Easter.

Mon, Apr 13, 10:30am - 11:15am
Large Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, movement, and music for the whole family. Ages 0-5 with adult.

Mon, Apr 13, 10:30am - 11:30am
Small Conference Room
Seniors, sharpen your mind and exercise your brain with stimulating games, puzzles, and activities.

Mon, Apr 13, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Enjoy this mixed level, accessible Hatha style Yoga class where you will practice traditional Yoga poses, breathing and relaxation techniques.

Mon, Apr 13, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Large Meeting Room
Thanks to a generous grant, two Alexandria librarians were able to explore cutting-edge European libraries.

Tue, Apr 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Story Room
Two-year-olds enjoy stories, music, movement, and a coloring sheet to practice fine motor skills. Ages 24-35 months with adult.

Tue, Apr 14, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Story Room
Stories, songs, movement, and activities just for preschool children. Ages 3-5 with adult.

Tue, Apr 14, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
La Casa Restaurant
Join us for a book club with beer. Contact kdow@alexlibraryva.org or 703-746-1746 for more information.

Tue, Apr 14, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Story Room
Celebrate books with book page stitch art! Learn to create beautiful pieces of art with paper, a needle, and thread. Ages 8-14.

Tue, Apr 14, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Large Meeting Room
Join us for our monthly business meeting and learn how to become more active with the Friends.