Early morning light on Washington Masonic Memorial

“The Library Supports . . .”

It is necessary to re-cast our understanding of our Public Libraries. They are far more than convenient places for books, magazines, and various electronic media, as is commonly thought. Alexandria’s Public Libraries, in fact, also provide many means for self-improvement and education, available to every citizen of Alexandria, thus supporting the “Healthy & Thriving Residents” focus area of the City’s budget. The Library supports the following:

Education by offering hundreds of programs for children that support early literacy and school readiness. The Alexandria Library is a major component of the City’s educational system. It delivers public education for all through Self-Directed Education, Research Assistance and Instruction, and Instructive and Enlightening Experiences.

English language learners  by offering free English courses every week.

Small business owners
by providing individual research assistance, meeting room spaces—something very much in demand—and technology access.

Job seekers
by providing assistance with writing resumes and cover letters and giving Alexandrians free access to computers and wireless services.

Digital literacy
by providing free computer, Internet and wireless access, and free technology training.

Information resources
by providing access to on-line research services from the client’s home computer for subjects such as health and medicine, genealogy, current events, consumer issues, business and finance, and providing access to ebooks and audiobooks as well.