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This is an entire library's archives. You know how valuable that is, right?— The Lone Wanderer

The Arlington Library is a building located in the Capital Wasteland in Fallout 3. It is occupied by Raiders, whose position is threatened by the Brotherhood of Steel soldiers in the front lobby.



Arlington Library is easily found by following the Potomac south past the Citadel, then turning west to follow the road just south. It is directly across from Alexandria Arms and about two miles west-southwest of the Jefferson Memorial.

There is a Talon Company Recon Camp nearby, so be careful when approaching the library, as they are easily alerted to the Lone Wanderer's presence. Next to Alexandria Arms, there is a building that a single raider uses as their home and is covered with traps. In addition, an Enclave Vertibird may appear just outside of the raider's building and drop off troops.


When entering the library, one will immediately initiate dialogue with Scribe Yearling, a Brotherhood of Steel scribe who is tasked with archiving all pre-War knowledge into the Brotherhood's central computers. She will give the player character access to the library's computer terminal at the front desk, where they will be able to download the card catalog to complete a primary objective in the Wasteland Survival Guide quest. To complete the optional objective, the player will have to explore further into the building until they find the library's mainframe computer buried deep within a raider den.

A couple of Brotherhood of Steel soldiers from Scribe Yearling's detachment can be found on the first floor near the back (at the entrance to the first room with raiders), who will help the player out the building. Upon approaching them, they will begin a scripted advance through the building, into the other wings, and will eventually finish up in a "final" room with two turrets, where, just before entering, they will be joined by a third Brotherhood soldier. This advance will clear almost all of the raiders in the library (with the player's help; otherwise, they will most likely die before reaching the final room). Their path does not lead them into the room where the player needs to go to achieve the optional objective of the Wasteland Survival Guide quest. Once they have cleared the room with the two turrets, they stand down and begin walking back to Scribe Yearling's position.



Arlington Library lobby map.png

Children's Wing:

Arlington Library Childrens Wing map.png
  • Guns and Bullets - In the first room one enters coming from the media archives. Three of the below mentioned pre-War books can be found here. This room is right before one can drop through a hole in the floor to continue through the children's wing, so the book cannot be accessed by proceeding from the lobby entrance. If the player character drops down a floor from there, they can also find a safe which may contain a Stealth Boy and other various items.
  • Lying, Congressional Style - On the counter next to the table with the pre-War book in the break room, next to the coffee makers.
  • Sheet music book - There are two rooms sticking out on the west side of the local map; go to the room farthest north. (From the lobby, go past the firehose box, turn right and go past the Nuka-Cola Vending Machine. In the first room one enters.) The sheet music is in the right cubicle by a music stand on the floor. In the first cubicle on the left is a trapped terminal. A pre-War book is in the back left cubicle.
  • Five pre-War books - Three on a shelf in the first room when entering from the media archives, and one in the break room, on a table next to the Eat'o'tronic 3000. One in the back left cubicle in the room with the sheet music book.

Media Archives:

Arlington Library Media Archives map.png
  • Tales of a Junktown Jerky Vendor - On the second floor in the room with the pool table, on the square table in the corner (northwest part of the map).
  • Ink container - In the 'Restoration Supplies' box in the room with two turrets.
  • Two pre-War books - One in the room with two turret guns and the ink container, on the floor in the northeast corner. Another besides the public terminal containing the archives on the table.
  • Tumblers Today - In the room where the archives are downloaded, on the desk against the north wall flanked by two sets of microfiche readers. A battle with raiders may knock the book off the desk; check the floor if there is nothing on the desk. It may be closer to the desk with the safe.
  • Nuka-Cola Quantum - On a table in the southwest corner of where the archives are downloaded; it is hidden in the corner behind a crate and two skulls.

Outside Building:

Related quests


  • If the Lone Wanderer kills Scribe Yearling, and/or her guards, the scribes in the Citadel will become hostile.
  • If the Lone Wanderer offends Scribe Yearling, they will not be able to participate in her unmarked quest, in which they can sell Scribe Yearling authentic pre-War books. She will ask about the Lone Wanderer's search for books, but the Lone Wanderer will be unable to give her any.
  • There is a room in the children's wing with two child-sized skeletons, which are uncommon.
  • BoS members will not enter raider-occupied areas, even if one has cleared the entire library.
  • After the quest The Waters of Life, if the Lone Wanderer approaches the area right across the road from the library, past the truck, a Vertibird will land and two to three Enclave soldiers wearing Tesla armor will jump out and attack.
  • Random encounters occur on the road outside the library.
  • If the Lone Wanderer has finished the Wasteland Survival Guide quest by convincing Moira to abandon the book, Scribe Yearling will not give them access to her computer.
  • There is a plaque from the Germantown Police Department in the office where the Big Book of Science is found, giving an award for an unknown event or topic (the text becomes illegible after the phrase "Award for").
  • There are around 700 books of every variety (large/small burned, etc., including the skill books, and the pre-War varieties), throughtout Arlington Library.


Arlington Library appears in Fallout 3, and is mentioned in Fallout 2,[1] the Fallout 4 add-on Far Harbor,[2] and Fallout 76.[3]


  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 If the 'Restoration Supplies' are taken after the Stealing Independence quest is completed it may result in not being able to load the Arlington Public Library lobby. It is possible that even viewing the contents of the 'Restoration Supplies' before getting the quest to retrieve them may cause the game to freeze on attempting to enter the Arlington library. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 When entering the library, Scribe Yearling will sometimes be frozen in place, and unable to interact with. Moving away from her, or bumping into her, or leaving and re-entering usually fixes this. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 When battling through the children's wing together with the two Brotherhood soldiers, they can randomly disappear when going into a corridor and respawn in the media archives entrance. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 After the raider event in the lobby, the Brotherhood of Steel non-player characters' guns will continue to sound like they are firing even after the raiders have been eliminated. [verified]
  • PCPC Sometimes, in the media archives, the turret will be floating in the air, close to the floor, instead of being mounted on the ceiling. [verified]



  1. Chosen One: "{546}{}{Did I mention Arroyo was founded by my ancestor, the holy Vault Dweller? He made a legendary journey from the south after defeating a great evil. (Puff up chest and stare proudly into the distance.) Now, *I* am the deliverer of my tribe, chosen to search for the holy GECK!}"
    Renesco: "{556}{}{GECK? As in 'Garden of Eden Creation Kit?' Comes with a basic replicator unit, holodisc reader with selections from the library of congress, and a little pen flashlight?}"
  2. The Nucleus terminal entries; Captain Wabash's terminal, SUBJ: VR System
  3. Senate orientation letter