Support Your Library

Everyone can enjoy lifelong learning at the public library. Children stretch imaginations with story hours, live performers, and family programs. Adults sharpen skills, pursue special interests, and find information needed for business, pleasure or job searching. Today, the library offers not only books, but online databases, audiobooks, videos and downloadable ebooks and audiobooks that teach and entertain. Through computers and the Internet, the library provides public access to new information around the corner or around the world.

In recent years, the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library has seen dramatic growth in collection, facilities, and demand for services. Ten branches, including a bookmobile, serve a combined population of 185,000 in the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. This is the largest geographic area covered by any Virginia library. There are many ways citizens of our community can help the library system. Please read below:

  • CROZET LIBRARY AMAZON WISH LIST: Help build the collection at the new Crozet Library by buying books to add to the Library. You can be "Part of the Story" by helping to make a difference as the new Crozet Library becomes part of the community.
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  • amazon JMRL AMAZON WISH LIST: JMRL (using the name Jefferson Madison Library) maintains a list of needed materials online through Amazon.com as "wish lists" for adults, teens, and children. Pick one or more titles from the lists. While ordering be sure to check the box "This will be a gift" so that JMRL will be notified of your donation. Then, proceed to pay online. Amazon will ship your donation directly to the library. The lists are regularly updated.
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  • BUY A BOOK: you can purchase a book for the library system as a memorial, in honor of a special occasion, or as a donation from your organization. For each $25 you donate, you may designate the name to be placed on a special bookplate in a new book. The book will become part of the library's collection to be shared with other readers for a long time.  Print out (PDF) and return the Buy A Book form.
  • SPECIFIC DONATIONS: Donations of specific items to the collection must be pre-approved. Please contact Collection Development (979-7151 ext. 203)
  • JEFFERSON-MADISON REGIONAL LIBRARY ENDOWMENT FUND: Swings in the economy and demands on tax revenues have increasingly shown that public funding alone cannot meet all the needs of a superior library system. Stable private support is essential to continue development of quality public library service. To encourage private support, in 1992 the Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library created this Endowment Fund as a separate funding mechanism to address library needs over the long term and support special programs. Endowment distributions do not relieve local governments of their responsibility for basic funding, but provide an ongoing source of additional money for services that reach beyond minimum standards.

    The Endowment Fund was established as part of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. This approach avoids the administrative burden of handling an endowment, maximizes investment income, and provides donors with the most favorable tax advantages available under law. Library requests for funding from the Endowment are recommended by a Library Endowment Advisory Committee and approved by the Trustees of the Community Foundation.

    Please consider making a gift to the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund. To make a gift now, receive more information, or discuss your interest in the Endowment Fund, print out and return the donation form.

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    VOLUNTEER AT THE LIBRARY: find out how
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  • FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
    :  Join the Friends of the Library and find out the many ways they help JMRL.  The Friends accepts donations of used books which go to their very successful book sale;  revenue from the book sale is then used for JMRL programming.

 

Generations of Central Virginians will thank you!