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Beatley Central Library

Designed by Pierce Goodwin Alexander & Linville in association with Michael Graves, Architect, the Beatley Central Library, named for Charles E. Beatley, Jr., Mayor of Alexandria from 1967 to 1976 and 1979 to 1985, opened on January 31, 2000. Its unique roofline, comprised of multiple peaks, provides a striking landmark for Alexandria’s West End neighborhood. Since opening its doors, it has become a hub of communal activity. In addition to housing a large collection of print resources and audio-visual materials, the library hosts a variety of cultural and educational programs for all ages. Its spacious interior includes meeting and conference room facilities, public Internet stations, free wireless service and areas for quiet study or group interaction. With book or tablet in hand, patrons are also encouraged to enjoy the library’s outdoor reading garden.


Meeting Rooms

Library meeting rooms are available to individuals and organizations for meetings of an educational, cultural or civic nature. The community meeting room at Beatley Central seats up to 150 and the conference room seats 10. The meeting and conference rooms require advance reservation.

Reading Garden

The Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden is made possible by a donation to the City by the Frank and Betty Wright Foundation. The garden provides a smoke-free environment for reading pleasure and public programs.


Become a Friend of the Beatley Central Library

The Friends help strengthen ties between the library and the community. They provide funds to enhance library services through book sales and fund raising projects.



Check the calendar for information on events and programs at Beatley Central Library.

Beatley Central Library

5005 Duke Street,
Alexandria, VA 22304


Branch Manager
Samantha Palmieri



Monday: 10am-9pm
Tuesday: 10am-9pm
Wednesday: 10am-9pm
Thursday: 10am-9pm
Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 1pm to 5pm

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