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    Sunday: Closed Monday: 10 - 6 Tuesday: 1 - 9 Wednesday: 10 - 6 Thursday: 1 - 9 Friday: 10 - 6 Saturday: 10 - 5

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    Newborn to Adult

Lorton Branch, Fairfax County Public Libraries

Lorton Library serves the community of historic Lorton, Virginia, providing a collection of more than 60,000 items, eight internet stations, a quiet study room with seating for six, free Wi-Fi access, and an 82 person capacity meeting room. Library staff and volunteers present programs for children, teens and adults. The Friends of Lorton Library maintain an ongoing book sale in the library’s lobby.

Lorton Library first opened in 1980 in a store front in Williamsburg Square. A miniature of this first location is displayed atop the Harry M. Lattimore Display Case in the library’s lobby.

In October 1988, construction began on the current 10,000 square foot facility, which at the time cost 2.2 million. In preparation for the April 7, 1990, grand opening, staff and volunteers passed books hand- to-hand from Williamsburg Square to the new building.

Designed by Alexandria Architects Partnership and James A. Ritter, AIA, the single story, red brick building reflects the colonial history of the area. The building’s cast stone accents relate to Pohick Church and Gunston Hall, the Mason Neck plantation of George Mason IV. The building’s scalloped brick wall was built to resemble Thomas Jefferson’s serpentine wall at the University of Virginia.

Adjacent to the west side of the building, the Lorton Heritage Society donated the Historic Garden at Lorton Library, which includes boxwoods from Gunston Hall and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

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