Arlington Libraries Weren’t a Priority

Arlington Libraries Weren’t a Priority
Most Arlington library branches have been closed for 13 months. Only Shirlington and Westover were reopened, but with reduced hours and restricted occupancy. The Central Library is open only for book pickup. Many county facilities, like rec and nature centers, initially closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic have already reopened. Yet the County has kept libraries closed by enforcing a hiring freeze.
  The situation may soon improve. The County Manager has approved a hiring freeze exception for our Libraries. The hope is to reopen some locations soon after FY2022 begins, July 1. Reopening of the Cherrydale and Glencarlyn branches will be delayed. ACPL Blog Post Sun Gazette Story Sun Gazette Editorial County Manager’s Proposed Budget (see slide 8)