COVID-19 Library Operations

All Fauquier Public Library locations are open for browsing.

Patrons entering the library will be required to follow guidelines to ensure their safety and the safety of library staff, including wearing a face covering, completing a health survey and providing contact information. The complete guidelines for walk through browsing service are available here and are posted at the entrance to all library branches.

Curbside service and use of public computers are also available during the library’s regular operating hours:

Library Hours
Monday – Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Curbside Pickup Locations
Warrenton central library, Winchester Street entrance
Call 540.422.8500 option 1 when you arrive.
Bealeton branch library:
Call 540.422.8500 option 2 when you arrive.
John Marshall branch library
Call 540.422.8500 option 5 when you arrive.

Meeting Rooms
All Fauquier Public Library meeting rooms are currently closed.

In addition, the Virginiana Room, located in the Warrenton central library, is closed for in-person research. Circulating resources are available upon request for checkout.

Returning Materials
Fauquier Public Library book drops are  open 24/7.

Fines & Fees
Overdue fines are waived on items due after March 16, 2020.

Library Cards
If you do not have a library card, apply for one online today! It’s easy and provides access to the library’s digital materials and the ability to place holds on materials for curbside pickup.


How will social distancing be enforced?

Furniture and public computers have been removed or rearranged to help maintain six feet between people. Plexiglas shields have been installed at select service points and floor markers help maintain proper distancing. We ask patrons to please respect these measures for the safety of our staff and other patrons.

What sanitization is being done to protect customers?

In addition to quarantining all materials for longer than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends, enhanced cleaning measures have been employed. High touch point areas (light switches, door handles, etc.) are sanitized throughout the day.

When do you expect to resume full services?

Fauquier Public Library staff are eager to resume services when we can safely do so. The library’s Board of Trustees is monitoring local conditions and will increase available library services as local conditions permit.

I returned a book but it still says it’s checked out. Is it lost? What happened?

We are quarantining items for 72 hours after they are returned. You can expect at least a four-day delay before your account is updated. No overdue fines for any materials due after March 15 are being charged at this time.

I have books to donate. Where and when can I drop them off?

Please hold on to any donations right now. We have limited staff to receive and process them. Watch for emails, visit our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

What is happening with library programs?  

The following programs are currently only being offered virtually.

Virtual Story Times (from March 16 – August 6) are available on-demand. Beginning Tuesday, September 15, live online story times will be offered each Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Register to receive a link to log on.

All other library programs are currently suspended.

The health and safety of our patrons and staff is of utmost importance.  We continue to assess COVID-19 information day by day. Please watch for emails, the library’s website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.