Cherrydale Branch Library

Serving North Arlington since 1922

Promoted by Citizens for Cherrydale Library

Cherrydale Library Hours:

Mon: 10 am-9 pm
Tue: 1 pm-9 pm
Wed: 1 pm-9 pm
Thu: 10 am-9 pm
Fri: 10 am-5 pm
Sat: 10 am-5 pm
Sun: Closed

Cherrydale Library Phone: (703) 228-6330
Library Information: (703) 228-5990

Location: Click on map.

Free Wi-Fi throughout our coffee-friendly library. Check for balcony availability in February by clicking on the events calendar.

This page was last updated on February 11, 2018.

This site is maintained by Citizens for Cherrydale Library, a North Arlington non-partisan grassroots group seeking since 1998 to promote and preserve our most important neighborhood institution. Contact us at with any questions or comments. We also invite you to visit the Citizens for Cherrydale Library group on Facebook. Click here for the list of CCL's officers.

To search the catalog and for further information on the county library system's procedures, policies, and programs, go to the official Arlington County Department of Libraries web site.


Children's Programs at Cherrydale Library

Programs for Teens

Programs for Adults

Book Discussion Group for Adults (Evenings)--organized and managed by neighborhood volunteers.

"Chasing Pages" Book Club for Adults (Afternoons).

Holiday Closings

Other Things To Note:

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover

For babies and preschoolers age 6 and under.

Bring your favorite (or maybe 2nd favorite!) stuffed animal and join us for a sleepover-themed storytime. Your stuffed animal is invited to spend the night at the library and you can pick him up the next day.

No registration required.

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Time: 7:00pm - 7:30pm

Location: Cherrydale Library Balcony

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Paws To Read -- Saturday, March 3, 2018.

For Emerging Readers and Kids who Love Dogs, Grades K-5

Specially trained dogs will be available for 15-min. reading sessions, by appointment, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on the first Saturday of each month.

**Free, but on-line registration is required.**

To learn more about the value of reading to dogs, click here.

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Monthly Tabletop Gaming Night
For Ages 18+

Learn new games; make new friends!

Play modern tabletop games that are simple to learn and take less than an hour to complete.

Don't know how to play? Come anyway! Somebody will teach you.

Games and instruction provided by the NOVA Board Game Group.


  • Monday, February 26, 2018
  • Monday, March 26, 2018
  • Monday, April 23, 2018
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Cherrydale Library Balcony

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One-on-one Tech Help

Having difficulty with a computer program or just need some help figuring out how to do something on your computer? Sign up for a 30-minute one-on-one staff tutoring session.

Sessions are held on selected Thursdays during 2:00-3:30 and 6:00-8:00 pm:

  • February 22
Free but registration required.

Click here for details and to register.

For more information or to reserve a session, call (703) 228-6330.

Hubble Photo

Photos From the Hubble Space Telescope

On display through April 16, 2018.

The Hubble telescope is the first major optical telescope to be placed in space, far above the distortion of Earth's atmosphere and far above rain clouds and light pollution. With Hubble's unobstructed view of the universe, scientists have been able to observe the most distant stars and galaxies as well as the planets in our solar system.

Hubble's launch and deployment in April 1990 marked the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo's telescope. Hubble has made more than 1.3 million observations since its mission began in 1990. Astronomers using Hubble data have published more than 15,000 scientific papers, making it one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built.

Click on the image at right to see a larger version.

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Cherrydale Library Commemorated on Lee Highway Murals

These historic murals, located on the median strip of Lee Highway at Monroe Street, were created by local artist Jarrett Ferrier, whose design was selected by neighborhood voters after a lengthy competition organized by Maureen Ross, president of the Cherrydale Citizens Association. The panels depict the past and celebrate the present of the Cherrydale and Maywood neighborhoods.

To view more photos of the murals, click here. To see additional information about Cherrydale Branch Library that supplements what's on the art panel sign, click here. To learn more about Harvey Lampshire, the gentleman depicted on the Cherrydale Branch Library panel, click here.

American Girl Doll Lending Program

In honor of Women’s History Month, Cherrydale Library and the rest of the county's library system launched a program celebrating American Girl Dolls. Cherrydale Girls can use their library cards to borrow an actual American Girl Doll and the books associated with that doll and, through these, learn a bit about American history. Place a hold on the doll, just as you would place a hold on a book, and pick it up at Cherrydale Library when it becomes available. For details, go to: .

Fifty Years of Cherrydale Library

Book on History of Cherrydale Library
Now Available for Check-out

Go to the web site of for a free preview.

Cherrydale Library
Cherrydale Library on a winter day.

Library Size and Cost to Taxpayers--astonishingly cheap and amazingly "green"!

History--deeply rooted in North Arlington's neighborhoods.

Click here to read what James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, has to say about books, reading, and American civilization.

The Washington Post's Architecture Critic on Libraries

"Libraries are rare common ground on the fractious map of democracy, a place where traditional ideas of bootstrap self-improvement meet liberal ideas of open access and equal opportunity. Few encounters with local government . . . feel so good as an afternoon in a well-run library. Without lecturing or hectoring or cheap rhetoric, they build consensus and commitment to self-governance." --Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, January 23, 2011

Were you looking for the county government's official web site for Cherrydale Library? Click here.