Historical Photos & Timeline

  1. The New Library Is Now Open!

    We've officially re-opened!. Come see - and use - our newly expanded and renovated library building at 120 N. Virginia Avenue. All visitors to the library (and other City buildings) are required to wear a mask. Learn more...
Hawxhurst House

First Location


Located on Columbia Street in a garage behind the home of George West Hawxhurst. (1899)
Rear end of post office
Post Office Location
Moved to the rear of the old Post Office on the 100 block East Broad Street. (1906)
Congregational Church

Congregational Church

Moved to the old Congregational Church to the following address: 222 N. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046 (1915)
Murphy Building

Murphy Building


Located in the Murphy Building, at the following address: 151 E. Broad St., Falls Church, VA 22046
(1948)
East Broad Street Location

Broad Street Location

Library moved to the following address: 201 E. Broad St., Falls Church, VA 22046 (1955)
Sketch of new library

Final Building

The site for the future library building is given to the city as a "living memorial" to Mary Riley Styles by her children: Elizabeth Styles and Francis Styles. It was located at the following location: 120 N. Virginia Ave., Falls Church, VA 22046 (1953)
Library Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking

The August 18 groundbreaking ceremony proved to be rainy. The Library expanded in 1968, then renovated and expanded again in 1992 and 2020.
(1957)
Broad Street Temporary Location
Temporary Location
The 134 West Broad Street temporary location during renovation and expansion. (1992-1993)
Library

After 1992 Renovation
View of entrance from N. Virginia Avenue. (1999)

Temporary trailer on South Oak Street

Temporary Location During 2020-21 Renovation
Operated out of a trailer, loaned by FCCPS, at 601 S. Oak Street  on the campus of TJ Elementary School (2021)

2021 New Library

2021 Library Renovation Rendering
View of new entrance on corner of Park Avenue and N. Virginia Avenue. (2021)