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Arlington Public Library Celebrates 100 Years

The Arlington Public Library has reached the historic milestone of serving the community for 100 years! On March 23, 1923, the first library opened in Arlington for the city’s 3,700 residents. From a collection of 500 books in the Farmer’s National Bank to 550,000 items and seven locations, APL has grown with the city and now serves 1.5 million people annually.

1960s librarian storytime

We’re so thankful to be such an integral part of Arlington history, and we’re ready for the next 100 years! 

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All Arlington residents are invited to celebrate with us on our 100th anniversary! Celebrate with books, art, and music and programs all year long. Join us as we celebrate our centennial year.


Beanstack is the world’s easiest way to keep track of all the books you read. When you create a Beanstack account for yourself or your family, you’re instantly connected to the Arlington Public Libraries' reading programs, so you’ll get credit for every minute and every page. We’ll keep all your stats for you, cheer you on while you work towards your program goals.The library will have new Beanstack challenges to celebrate our 100th year. 

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The Arlington Public Library Celebrates 100 Years (Video)

FACTS AND ISSUES - Throwback to The Arlington Public Library in 1983 (Video)

Central Library Groundbreaking (Audio)


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Northeast Branch Updates:
Starting Monday, December 4, 2023, the Northeast Branch will be temporarily closed for HVAC renovations. Click here for more information.