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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, Mar 01 Closed
Tue, Mar 02 Closed
Wed, Mar 03 Closed
Thu, Mar 04 Closed
Fri, Mar 05 Closed
Sat, Mar 06 Closed
Sun, Mar 07 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




The women's fight : the Civil War's battles for home, freedom, and nation

Women's war : fighting and surviving the American Civil War

The campaign for woman suffrage in Virginia

Sexuality, politics, and social control in Virginia, 1920-1945

Within her power : propertied women in colonial America

Authorized to heal : gender, class, and the transformation of medicine in Appalachia, 1880-1930

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