Arlington County-Star Trek Meets Dewey Decimal

A few years ago a leaking hot water heater took a chunk out of my coveted book collection.  Then another move made me realize that hauling around boxes of books was not very practical and added a lot to the moving bill.  So after years of avoiding the public library it seemed like a good idea to check out how they might have changed.  In the Northern Virginia area we are lucky to have a huge selection of libraries to choose from including a new state of the art library that opened recently in Shirlington.

As soon as you walk in the door you realize this is not a place were you are going to find rows of those pesky card catalogs but instead a sleek state of the art computerized facility. Offering 26 PC stations, total wireless access if you bring your own laptop, a 75 person meeting room with Smart Board and check out with a library card with built in RFD chip.  There are comfortable chairs scattered throughout the library and you are allowed to bring in a cup of java!

This $225 million dollar facility replaces the old "temporary" library which was flooded in 2006.  The building was built following "green" building principles including recycled-content carpeting, low VOC paints, a reflective roof and energy efficient systems.  Arlington County is in the process of applying for LEED certification from the Green Building Council.   Originally conceived as a one story building the project grew when the Signature Theater learned that it would need a new home as well.  Known for taking risks with adaptations of overlooked theater products, the Signature Theater has won acclaim with 54 Helen Hayes Awards over the last 20 years.

With community art on display, an LED architectural light show which can you can see as soon as you enter Shirlington Village and a mosaic fountain designed by Martha Jackson-Jarvis a local sculpter you will see how this library is one step above ordinary.

 So if you have been avoiding the library because of the fear of the dreaded SHHHHH then you need to take another look at what is happening in your local library.  The new one in Shirlington gives you a great opportunity to avoid heavy lifting the next time you need to move.

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Comment balloon 5 commentsCindy Jones • October 12 2007 04:46PM


My wife and I have too many books - and you're right moving them is a real pain! We have a great library system here, I should look into it. Thanks for the blog.


Posted by Daniel Smith, PROUDGAY (First Priority Financial ) over 11 years ago


Wow! Thanks for the post!  I not only understand your point but agree, funny how a move makes you do things. 

The library sounds like a little peice of heaven!  As someone who loves to read I think I am going to have to beam myself over and check it out!

Posted by Shane Leady (Apella Business Solutions) over 11 years ago
That looks like a great library.  I think so many people forget what a great resource libraries can be. I am going to have to check out our local library. 
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago
Gee Cindy I haven't heard anything about Shirlington in about a hundred years.  I lived in N. VA for 30 years and waaaaaaay back then in the 60's Shirlington was a little dinky place with a itty bitty down town.  I moved back there in 03, briefly and couldnt believe how much things had changed in the 10 years I was gone.
Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) over 11 years ago


Throughout the the late nineties and early 2000's I spent many a hour at the library with my two children doing homework.  We did this to avoid the distraction of home, phones etc....  It wasn't easy to establish however it worked out just great for all of us.  I even enjoyed reading for the first time in my life....I still do today.

Posted by Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR, SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038) over 11 years ago

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