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CHARLES E. BEATLEY, JR. CENTRAL LIBRARY

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

Beatley is closed to the public, however staff are working remotely and curbside service is available.

You may contact Beatley staff by phone or email during the following hours:

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

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 Virtual Events
Sat, Mar 06, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Virtual
Project Drawdown seeks to empower people to understand and embrace research-based, interdependent actions that address the climate crisis.
Registration is now closed

Sat, Mar 06, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Virtual
Tour the Local History/Special Collections Branch! Learn about what resources are available for individuals interested in local history or genealogy.  Registration is required.Register

Sat, Mar 06, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Pi Day is on March 14. And this month’s craft kit will have supplies to make a Pi-themed bracelet. We will use that special number, 3.14, to help us craft a piece of math jewelry. For ages 8-14.Register

Sat, Mar 06, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Available through Duncan Curbside Appointments all month long. Recommended for ages 0-5.

Sat, Mar 06, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual
Join an online cooking class straight to your own kitchen! Register

Mon, Mar 08, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual
Need to get quickly oriented on less familiar topics in the law? Join the experts from Westlaw to learn to navigate the Practical Law platform, and the uses for the different resource types.Register

Mon, Mar 08, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Virtual
Interested in building your confidence in your use of English? Register

Mon, Mar 08, 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Virtual
Need to get quickly oriented on less familiar topics in the law? Join the experts from Westlaw to learn to navigate the Practical Law platform, and the uses for the different resource types.Register

Mon, Mar 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
The Friends of Duncan Library's monthly board meeting will take place virtually this month using Zoom. Register

Mon, Mar 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Join Let's Talk Books book discussion club to read and discuss "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd.Register

Mon, Mar 08, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Please join us for a virtual discussion of Laurie Frankel's "This is How it Always is."

Mon, Mar 08, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Virtual
Girls Who Code is a virtual club that meets weekly to learn, experiment and create with coding. Some coding and circuitry experience suggested.

Tue, Mar 09, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
Hop through the month of March with Miss Venetta! Plenty of songs and stories to share all month long. Register

Tue, Mar 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Join Ms. Eli from her home for this virtual Spanish-English storytime. Sing songs and she'll read a book or two. Intended for ages 2 to 4, but all children and families are welcome to join in! Register

Tue, Mar 09, 11:00am - 11:30am
Virtual
Sing and play with your baby in this musical half hour of fun with Miss Venetta. Register

Tue, Mar 09, 11:00am - 11:30am
Virtual
Practice your alphabet from A-Z.Register

Tue, Mar 09, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Available through Duncan Curbside Appointments all month long. Recommended for ages 0-5.

Tue, Mar 09, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Make a patterned bracelet using the irrational mathematical constant of Pi (3.14). You can wear it on March 14, Pi Day, to show off your mathematical knowledge! Register

Tue, Mar 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Kristen McGill, a registered dietitian and in-store nutritionist with Giant Food, will present on tips for cooking with your kids! Register

Tue, Mar 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Tim States, financial advisor with CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union Financial Network, will lead with financial planning webinar.Register

Tue, Mar 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!

Tue, Mar 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Join us for a book club with a beer. Register

Wed, Mar 10, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
It's time to file your taxes, do you know where to start? Register

Wed, Mar 10, 10:30am - 11:45am
Virtual
This conversation class is for all levels, but will cater particularly toward beginners. Intermediate students will be broken off into a separate group to read a current event and discuss.

Wed, Mar 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Join Ms. Suzanne on Zoom to sing songs and listen to a story about things we can see outside. Designed for ages 1 to 3, but anyone can join!Register

Wed, Mar 10, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual
Join the experts from Westlaw to learn how to conduct statutes and legislative history research on Westlaw. Register

Wed, Mar 10, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Join Miss Amy for stories, songs, rhymes, and other fun activities! This program is geared toward ages 3-5, but children of all ages are welcome to participate.Register

Wed, Mar 10, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
Join Miss Kayla and Miss Katie each week for a fun half hour of bedtime stories! Register

Wed, Mar 10, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
A special presentation for Women's History Month. Register

Wed, Mar 10, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
NAMI-trained presenters bravely share their personal journeys toward recovery and wellness to increase understanding about mental health conditions and inspire hope.

Thu, Mar 11, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
Jump through the month of March with Miss Katie as we rock out to new songs and stories. Register

Thu, Mar 11, 10:00am - 10:40am
Virtual
Join Miss Lisa and "Ally Gator" for an interactive story hour for preschoolers and their siblings.Register

Thu, Mar 11, 11:00am - 11:30am
Virtual
Celebrating the Walter Awards from We Need Diverse Books Register

Thu, Mar 11, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Available through Duncan Curbside Appointments all month long. Recommended for ages 0-5.

Thu, Mar 11, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual
Join the experts from Westlaw to work through actual research problems to get more familiar with Legislative History and Statutory Research. Register

Thu, Mar 11, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a discussion of Ellis Peters' first book in the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael series, an introduction to the murderous medieval world of Brother Cadfael. Register

Thu, Mar 11, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Join us online for Barrett's knitting and crochet social group! Register

Thu, Mar 11, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Join author and syndicated columnist Eric Model as he explores the offbeat, oft overlooked and forgotten – people, places, and events in America. Register

Thu, Mar 11, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Join us virtually as we compete with trivia, play mad libs, tell jokes and listen to stories.Register

Fri, Mar 12, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
Join Miss Amy and Miss Amanda each Friday morning for stories, songs and rhymes.Register

Fri, Mar 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Join Ms. Suzanne for a story, a craft and some silly songs. Ages 3 - 5.Register

Fri, Mar 12, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Available through Duncan Curbside Appointments all month long. Recommended for ages 0-5.

Fri, Mar 12, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Virtual
Please join us to celebrate Irish culture and history by joining Professor Laura McCloskey from George Mason University for her talk exploring medieval Ireland and Book of Kells. Register

Fri, Mar 12, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
This month we're reading "Under the Egg" by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. Join Theodora as she searches for treasure. Recommended for Grades 2-5. Register

Sat, Mar 13, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Available through Duncan Curbside Appointments all month long. Recommended for ages 0-5.

Sat, Mar 13, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Death Cafes are an opportunity to demystify the death experience. We offer an open, safe environment for discussing thoughts, feelings about all manner death and dying. Register

Mon, Mar 15, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Virtual
Interested in building your confidence in your use of English? Register

Mon, Mar 15, 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Virtual
Need to get quickly oriented on less familiar topics in the law? Join the experts from Westlaw to learn to navigate the Practical Law platform, and the uses for the different resource types.Register

Mon, Mar 15, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Maybe you're a believer or a skeptic, or maybe you just want to talk about death. All are welcome to this discussion-based program on séances and mediumship. Register

Mon, Mar 15, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Virtual
Girls Who Code is a virtual club that meets weekly to learn, experiment and create with coding. Some coding and circuitry experience suggested.

Tue, Mar 16, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
Hop through the month of March with Miss Venetta! Plenty of songs and stories to share all month long. Register

Tue, Mar 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Join Ms. Eli from her home for this virtual Spanish-English storytime. Sing songs and she'll read a book or two. Intended for ages 2 to 4, but all children and families are welcome to join in! Register

Tue, Mar 16, 11:00am - 11:30am
Virtual
Sing and play with your baby in this musical half hour of fun with Miss Venetta. Register

Tue, Mar 16, 11:00am - 11:45am
Virtual
This winter and spring, practice the letters N-Z with fun learning activities.Register

Tue, Mar 16, 11:00am - 11:30am
Virtual
Practice your alphabet from A-Z.Register

Tue, Mar 16, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Available through Duncan Curbside Appointments all month long. Recommended for ages 0-5.

Tue, Mar 16, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Virtual
Join our panel for a discussion on the adoption of The CROWN Act in Virginia, its implications, and the history of hair discrimination against African American women throughout our country.Register

Tue, Mar 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Tim States, financial advisor with CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union Financial Network, will explain the tools and strategies for building a portfolio.Register

Tue, Mar 16, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Virtual
Join us on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month to virtually meet up with an IT professional and interact with other coders to do a short group activity and learn computer science concepts.Register

Tue, Mar 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!

Tue, Mar 16, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Virtual
Since we all could use a laugh nowadays, a panel of mystery authors from the Chessie Chapter of Sisters in Crime will discuss using humor in writing.Register

Wed, Mar 17, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
Did you know you have access to magazines and music with your library card? Join us to find out how to get started with these library services.Register

Wed, Mar 17, 10:30am - 11:45am
Virtual
This conversation class is for all levels, but will cater particularly toward beginners. Intermediate students will be broken off into a separate group to read a current event and discuss.

Wed, Mar 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Join Ms. Suzanne on Zoom to sing songs and listen to a story about things we can see outside. Designed for ages 1 to 3, but anyone can join!Register

Wed, Mar 17, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
"Hoppy" spring! Make an adorable bunny with supplies and instructions you get from the Beatley Central Library via curbside pick-up. Ages 3-12.

Wed, Mar 17, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
This book club is for teens ages 12 and up. Register

Wed, Mar 17, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Join Miss Amy for stories, songs, rhymes, and other fun activities! This program is geared toward ages 3-5, but children of all ages are welcome to participate.Register

Wed, Mar 17, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
Join Miss Kayla and Miss Katie each week for a fun half hour of bedtime stories! Register

Wed, Mar 17, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom
The Duncan Book Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Register

Thu, Mar 18, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
Jump through the month of March with Miss Katie as we rock out to new songs and stories. Register

Thu, Mar 18, 10:00am - 10:40am
Virtual
Join Miss Lisa and "Ally Gator" for an interactive story hour for preschoolers and their siblings.Register

Thu, Mar 18, 11:00am - 11:30am
Virtual
Join Miss Christian each week for stories and songs. Registration is required.Register

Thu, Mar 18, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
"Hoppy" spring! Make an adorable bunny with supplies and instructions you get from the Beatley Central Library via curbside pick-up. Ages 3-12.

Thu, Mar 18, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Available through Duncan Curbside Appointments all month long. Recommended for ages 0-5.

Thu, Mar 18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual
Join the experts from Westlaw for this class on advanced search functions and tools. You will learn how to refine your searching with Boolean Terms and Connectors, and Advanced Search templates.Register

Thu, Mar 18, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Celebrate Women's History Month by joining us for a discussion of the never-before-told story of one women's heroism that changed the course of the Second World War. Register

Thu, Mar 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Join us online for Barrett's knitting and crochet social group! Register

Thu, Mar 18, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Author David O. Stewart discusses his newest book, "George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father". Register

Thu, Mar 18, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a virtual meeting the third Thursday of each month! Register

Thu, Mar 18, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Join us virtually as we compete with trivia, play mad libs, tell jokes and listen to stories.Register

Fri, Mar 19, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
Join Miss Amy and Miss Amanda each Friday morning for stories, songs and rhymes.Register

Fri, Mar 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Join Ms. Suzanne on Fridays for a story, a craft and some silly songs. Ages 3 - 5.Register

Fri, Mar 19, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
A monthly program that features a story, craft, games, trivia, and a baking project inspired by a different American Girl™ character. Discover what life was like in Kirsten Larson's™ era this March!

Fri, Mar 19, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
"Hoppy" spring! Make an adorable bunny with supplies and instructions you get from the Beatley Central Library via curbside pick-up. Ages 3-12.

Fri, Mar 19, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Available through Duncan Curbside Appointments all month long. Recommended for ages 0-5.

Fri, Mar 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual
Join the experts from Westlaw as they work through actual research problems to get more familiar with using Terms & Connectors. Register

Fri, Mar 19, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Did you know that you have access to no-cost 1-to-1 online tutoring, resume and cover letter review, and other learning resources through the Alexandria Library?Register

Sat, Mar 20, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Virtual
Learn about online collections from museums, archives, and libraries around the world.Register

Sat, Mar 20, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
A monthly program that features a story, craft, games, trivia, and a baking project inspired by a different American Girl™ character. Discover what life was like in Kirsten Larson's™ era this March!

Sat, Mar 20, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
"Hoppy" spring! Make an adorable bunny with supplies and instructions you get from the Beatley Central Library via curbside pick-up. Ages 3-12.

Sat, Mar 20, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Available through Duncan Curbside Appointments all month long. Recommended for ages 0-5.

Sat, Mar 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual
Join an online cooking class straight to your own kitchen! Register