Central Library

Central Library Hours:
Monday - Thursday : 9am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday : 9am - 5pm
Sunday - 1pm - 5pm
(Closed Sundays Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day)

Phone: 434.979.7151
Fax: 434.971.7035

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Programs for Adults


The Reference staff will provide one-on-one tutorials on basic computer skills and online job searching and applications. Participants must get a JMRL Library Card. For an appointment call 979.7151 ext 4


Films are shown on the 4th Thursday of the month except for December. Come view and discuss documentary films on current issues. Light refreshments will be provided. Sign up to be added to the film email list: central@jmrl.org

After being shown, check the online catalog to borrow the film. Program listings are below.


On the third Tuesday of the month join Central Library’s newest monthly book group with a focus on African American authors. Refreshments will be provided. Sign up to be added to the book email list: tduck@jmrl.org

CHS Orchestra Ensemble Lunchtime Concert

Let the band play on graphic.ALLODOLA STRING QUARTET

July 25, 2014
12:00 pm

Bring your lunch to the library and enjoy a side of Sousa with your sandwich as ensemble players from Charlottesville High School Orchestra serenade you with show tunes, marches, and more. No registration required. Outside weather permitting. Rain location: McIntire Room.

JMRL Board Meeting

July 28, 2014
1:00 pm

The Board of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library usually meets the 4th Monday of every month. Some months this will change. The location is usually at the Central Library but the agenda (PDF) will show if the meeting is at a different location.

In partnership with the Alliance Francaise de Charlottesville

MovieMANON OF THE SPRING by Claude Berri (1986)

July 28, 2014
6:30 pm

A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her her father's land caused his death years earlier. Doors opening at 6 pm and film starts at 6:30 pm. Film is in French, with English subtitles. more info

In partnership with the Charlottesville Parks & Recreation Dept.


July 29, 2014
7:00 pm

Marit Gay of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club - Charlotesville, will discuss gear for those new to hiking and share some of her favorite local trails.

PLEASE NOTE PROGRAM LOCATION: Carver Recreation Center - 24 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
For more information call: 434-979-7151 x4



July 30, 2014

Try it - you may like it! Ravenous readers - take a seat at designated book tasting tables where you will discover delicious new books you may enjoy. Feel free to check them out afterwards.

Charlottesville Band Ensemble Lunchtime Concerts

Let the band play on graphic.BRASS QUINTET

August 01, 2014
12:00 pm

Bring your lunch to the library and enjoy a side of Sousa with your sandwich as ensemble players from the Charlottesville Municipal Band serenade you with show tunes, marches, and more. No registration required. Outside weather permitting. Rain location: McIntire Room.

Black Authors Reading Group

book coverKINDRED by Octavia Butler

August 19, 2014
7:00 pm

Dana, a black woman, finds herself repeatedly transported to the antebellum South, where she must make sure that Rufus, the plantation owner's son, survives to father Dana's ancestor.
Check the catalog bullet

Brown Baggers Book Group

book cover BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK by Ben Fountain

August 21, 2014
12:00 pm

A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents -- three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew -- has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. Check the Catalog arrow

Future Readings:

In partnership with the Charlottesville NOW

Celebrate Women's Equality Day in Charlottesville!

August 26, 2014
5:00 pm

Come to a brief presentation about women leaders who established
the famous women's shelter in Baltimore, "The House of Ruth".

Reception including Donation of this book by Cville NOW to the library
and a Book Signing for the book by both of the authors.
"That It May Be Well With You: The Founding of the House of Ruth"
by Kathleen O'Ferrall Friedman and Barbara J. Parker, (2014).
NOTE, copies will be available for purchase. Proceeds go to the House of Ruth when purchased from the authors.
Enjoy refreshments and conversation while celebrating women leaders in our region.



August 27, 2014
6:00 pm

Come explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creative juices flowing. Registration required - begins July 9. Please email ht@jmrl.org or call 434-979-7151 x4

Documentary Film Series

MovieJIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI directed by David Gelb (2011)

August 28, 2014
7:00 pm

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his business in the Ginza Tokio Subway station, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. more info

Black Authors Reading Group

book coverMOM & ME & MOM by Maya Angelou

September 16, 2014
7:00 pm

The celebrated author shares the intimate story of her relationship with her mother, relating the events that prompted her mother to send young Angela to Arkansas to live with her grandmother and the complicated fallout that shaped their family life.
Check the catalog bullet

Future Readings:

History of McIntire and Central Library

Albemarle Library Society
Charlottesville Public Library c. 1922

The first known library in downtown Charlottesville was created in 1823 by a group of citizens that included Thomas Jefferson. The “Albemarle Library Society” boasted an initial collection of 238 titles. This village library was located at “Number Nothing” in Court Square (a site now occupied by 224 Court Square). A public subscription library, the society was incorporated by the Virginia General Assembly and lasted at least until 1834. It was not until 1919 and the generosity of Paul Goodloe McIntire that a truly public library was formed. McIntire donated not only the land and the construction costs, but the furniture and the first 5,000 books for the new library as well. The cornerstone was laid in November, 1919, and the new “Charlottesville Public Library” opened its doors to the public on May 30, 1921.

The Regional Library Evolves

Original site of the library, now the Historical Society
Original site of the library, now the Historical Society

With the development of bookmobile service to Albemarle County in 1947, the name of the library was changed to the “Charlottesville-Albemarle Public Library”. In 1958, six years after the death of Mr. McIntire, the main library building and the system itself became known as the “McIntire Library.”

Additional branches in Scottsville, Crozet, and on Gordon Avenue in Charlottesville took some of the pressure off of the small McIntire Branch in the early 1960s, and, in 1972, with the addition of branches in Louisa and Nelson counties, the library system became the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Greene County joined the system in 1974.

Market St. Post Office Building
Market St. Post Office Building

In October 1977, the Market Street Post Office building was purchased by Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Under Director Christopher Devan, a 17-month renovation project took place. Total cost of the project reached $2.25 million. After moving the McIntire collection of 90,000 volumes into the building on Market Street, the new Central Library opened on February 2, 1981 to patrons eager for a larger facility. Along with administration and technical services, the third floor of the new building offered the community three meeting rooms, one of them dedicated to Mr. McIntire.

In May 1987, the Albemarle County Historical Society's Library and the Central Virginia Genealogical Association consolidated their resources with those of the Central Library and moved the newly formed Charlottesville-Albemarle Historical Collection to the mezzanine of the Central Library where it remained until 1994. That year, after extensive restoration and renovation, the Historical Collection moved out of the Central Library and into the former McIntire Library.

Beyond the Printed Page

In the late 80s, the Library Board and Director Bill Swinson had committed the library system to obtaining the benefits of emerging modern technology. By February 1989, under Director Donna Selle, the card catalogs at all branches were replaced with on-line computer catalogs for the public and JMRL fully implemented its automated circulation system.

In order to continue to integrate technology into the library system, the Central Library was again renovated in 1995. The opening of a public computer lab for internet access and the development and implementation of a community information network, Monticello Avenue, were initiated. The public lab currently houses many internet stations and access is also available in the Central Reference Department where extensive electronic resources complement the print and microform collections.

Current Director John Halliday oversees the entire JMRL system from his office on the third floor of the Central Library.