Alexandria Library Quick Help Guide

A brief listing of frequently asked questions. Please Ask A Librarian if you have additional questions.


Locate PIN Location & Hours Library Closures
Review Accounts Online Pay Fines & Fees Online InterLibrary Loan
Return Materials Internet Access Word Processing Computers
Library Outreach & Home Delivery Exam Proctoring  

What is my PIN? How do I check my own account?

The PIN (personal identification number) is typically THE LAST 4-DIGITS OF YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER unless you have requested a different password. Enter your LOGIN or the complete barcode number located on your library card and the last four digits of your telephone number or the "PIN" (Personal Id Number) that you created. Once entered, your record will show current activity. If you do not know or remember your PIN, please visit your local library’s circulation department to find out your PIN. Valid identification is required. PIN numbers cannot be given or changed over the telephone or through electronic communication.


Where are you located and what are the hours?

The library has a central library and three neighborhood branches. More information on locations & hours.


Is there a list of the Library's holiday closures and hours?

Yes. The Holiday calendar is posted annually here. Special hours and closure announcements are always located on the Library's homepage. You may call the Library if you have questions about holiday closings.


Can I check the library's catalog from home, school, or business?

The library's automated catalog is available for remote use on the Internet 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You may search the entire collection, an individual branch's collection, or a selected format such as reference works, magazines or children's materials. The Help function is available from any page. Login to the Alexandria Library's Classic Online Catalog.


Can I use a credit card to pay fines on my account?

Yes, you can pay with a credit card at any circulation desk or online. Please visit our "How do I...?" page on Paying with Credit Cards.


How can I get an item the library does not own?

The library has a service to locate and borrow items from other libraries. Click here for more information on Interlibrary Loan. There is a $5 fee for this service.


Where do I return materials?

All items borrowed from the library may be returned at any branch except items borrowed through the Interlibrary Loan service. Some reciprocal libraries (Arlington, Fairfax, Frederick County, Falls Church, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George's, and Prince William) will also accept returning materials; however, material will still accrue fines until they are returned to Alexandria Library.


Can I use the Internet at the library?

Internet terminals are available for use at all branch libraries. To accommodate heavy demand, use is limited to two hours per person per day. Please read our Internet Policy on this website or at the branch. 


Does the library have word processing computers for public use?

Yes. The Beatley Central Library and the Burke Branch Library each have six word processing PCs. These word processors are available for use two hours per day per person. They were provided to the library through the generosity of the William D. Euille Foundation. The Barrett and Duncan branches also have word processing terminals available but for one hour use only.


How do I get library service if I am unable to get to the library?

The library provides several services to disabled or homebound residents through home delivery.


Does the Alexandria Library proctor exams?

No. Continuing Education and Workforce Development of Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria Campus) will proctor exams. Please call 703-845-6240 for more information.