Our Facility Features:
- Free Wi-Fi
- 13 Public Use Computers
- Study Area
- Children's Library
- Young Adult Collection
- About Us
The Fort Belvoir MWR Library offers a wide range of products and services including:
- Books, audiobooks, movies, magazines, videogames, and board games
- Online access to: eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eMusic, and eMovies
- Databases for research, education, and discovery
- Computer lab, study areas, and meeting room
- Printer and copier services
- Storytimes, Teen nights, and special events/programs
- Summer reading/Winter reading programs
- Interlibrary loan services
Active Duty, Reservist, Guardsmen, Retirees, Family Members and DoD Civilians are eligible to register for a library account. An Army MWR Library account gives you online access to renew and request books, access online content, create wish lists, write reviews thru our My Account feature.
If you are deployed in a remote location, please see the Army Libraries Web site to learn more about services.
- Library Online
On the U.S. Army Libraries Web site you can search the online catalog:
- Library Activities
At this time, all in-person Library activities have been cancelled to ensure the health and safety of Library staff and customers.
- The Library hosts weekly pre-k storytimes. In addition, they host monthly-themed storytimes for children that feature guest readers and focus on STEAM. The Library also hosts teen activity nights featuring movies, gaming and crafts.
- During school holidays, the Library hosts maker and gaming activities for school-age students.
- Seasonally, the Library offers a summer reading program for readers of all ages, storywalks, and Fantober, a celebration of fandoms and all things pop-culture.
- When possible, the Library plays host to gaming groups, book clubs and more. The Library is able to help promote your club or group, as long as the activity is open to all members of the Fort Belvoir community.
- The Library offers facility tours and activities for scout groups and can host instructional sessions on our online resources. Please email us to schedule tours and instructional sessions.
- Child Supervision Guidelines
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN/YOUTH UNATTENDED IN SOSA CENTER.
SOSA CENTER FOLLOWS THE FORT BELVOIR POLICY MEMORANDUM #37,
FORT BELVOIR CHILD SUPERVISION GUIDELINES.
CHILDREN 7 YEARS AND YOUNGER
Will not be left alone for any period of time. This includes leaving children unattended in cars, playground, homes, or yard.
YOUTH 8 - 10 YEARS OF AGE
May only be left alone, adult monitored, during daylight and early evening hours for occasional, short periods of time - up to 1.5 hours - but not on a regular, self-care basis, such as before and after school every day.
YOUTH 11 - 12 YEARS OF AGE
May be left in self-care that is adult monitored
for up for up to 3 hours, but not at night or in circumstances requiring inappropriate responsibility.
YOUTH 13 - 15 YEARS OF AGE
May be left in self-care that is adult monitored, but not overnight and not in circumstances requiring inappropriate responsibility.
YOUTH 16 - 17 YEARS OF AGE
May be left in self-care that is adult monitored for up to 2 consecutive overnight periods, but not in circumstances requiring inappropriate responsibility.
ADULT MONITORED IS DEFINED AS MEETING THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
- Youth and parent/caretaker have communicated on house rules and guidelines for acceptable behavior.
- Youth and parent/caretaker have communicated on safety/emergency plans, and youth is aware of what to do in case of emergency.
- Youth in self-care has knowledge of how to access parent or other responsible adult at all times (including knowing the parent/caretaker’s whereabouts and having a telephone number where parent can be reached).
GUIDELINES FOR SELECTING A BABYSITTER:
- Generally, age 13 is the minimum recommended age for a babysitter. In making decisions about who is an acceptable babysitter, consider not only age, but also maturity.
- The physical enviornment where the babysitting will take place must be safe.
- The sitter must possess a level of maturity necessary for applying solid judgment and decision-making skills. No emotional, medical, or behavioral problems may affect the sitter’s ability.
- The length of time, the number of hours, the age and number of children, and the time of day must be consistent with the sitter’s age and ability.
- As the age and level of maturity of the sitter increases, so can the level of responsibility. Responsibilities include performing specialized tasks such as getting children ready for bed, preparing food and taking care of other specific needs.
The MWR Library supports our Military community with premier customer-focused professional staff providing information resources, engaging programs, community and collaboration spaces in support of mission readiness, life-long learning, and recreational pursuits. The Library has something for everyone - from story hours to book discussion groups, from internet access to word processing, from military training to investment tools, from the latest novel to "how to" books and other reference books to online resources available 24/7.
Search our Online Library Catalog and Databases.