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Barrett Branch Library

The Barrett Branch Library was built in 1937 and named in honor of Kate Waller Barrett, a humanitarian, social crusader and political reformer. It is the second largest collection in the Alexandria Library with more than 100,000 items. The Branch, located in the Old Town section of Alexandria, was renovated and expanded in 1995 and reconfigured in April 2000 to house the historical and genealogical research collections formerly located at Lloyd House. The Branch offers a wide array of children’s programs for babies through age 5 and a library sponsored book discussion group, “Let’s Talk Books.”


Foundation Center at Barrett Branch

Alexandria Library collaborates with Foundation Center as a Funding Information Network Partner: a large collection of Foundation Center print and online resources, including online training, are located at Barrett. Foundation and Grant classes, arranged by Barrett staff, are offered to patrons. Although Barrett is the home location for this special collection, all Alexandria Library branches have electronic access to "Foundation Directory Online," "Foundation Grants to Individuals Online,” and “Foundation Maps” databases on their catalog computers.

Become a Friend of the Barrett Library

The Friends play an important role in cementing ties between the library and the community. They provide funds for children's programs as well as equipment and materials that enhance library services through book sales, membership dues and fund raising projects.



Check the calendar for information on events and programs at Barrett Branch Library.


Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library

717 Queen Street,
Alexandria VA, 22314


Branch Manager
James Cahill



Monday: 1pm-9pm
Tuesday: 10am-9pm
Wednesday: 10am-7pm
Thursday: 10am-7pm
Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 1pm-5pm (as of 7/10/16)

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