Louisa County Library

Louisa LibraryHours:
Monday - Tuesday: 11am - 7pm
Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Sunday - Closed

Phone: 540.894.5853
Fax: 540.894.9810
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Programs for Adults




One-on-one sessions offered to answer your computer use questions. Topics can include basic computer skills, MSOffice programs, online job applications, and learning. 30 minute sessions are scheduled by appointment.


Meets monthly (except for December) on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30pm. The group will discuss a wide range of titles chosen by members and enjoy refreshments. Program listings are below.


Love the library. Stop by and find a new way to show your love for the library.


During the month of February, we'd like to 'fix you up' with a blind date. Don’t forget to rate your date for a chance to win brunch for two at Obrigados or a 2nd prize basket of goodies.

Are You a DIY Person?


February 10, 2016
2:00 pm

Do you knit, bead, make rugs, hand stitch or do any kind of handcraft? Come to share ideas, show off your work and get another crafter's eye and perception. Chat and meet your neighbors while you work on your craft. Bring any project you're working on, or come just to be inspired. All ages and levels of experience welcome. Call or visit the library for details.
Meets every Wednesday

MAKE & TAKE Celebrating Black History Month

kente cloth.Participate in the fun by learning about the beautiful tradition of weaving kente cloth and make a kente cloth bracelet or book mark to take home. All materials will be provided.

Celebrating Black History Month

MovieSelma (2014)directed by Ava DuVernay

February 20, 2016
1:00 pm

A chronicle of Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. more info


book coverPAPER TOWNS by John Green

February 23, 2016
7:00 pm

Having been in love with Margo forever, Quentin is happy to help her with her strange plots and campaigns for revenge, but when she vanishes one evening without a trace, Quentin finds himself delving into clues in order to resolve many unanswered questions. Check the Catalog arrow


poetry. March 1 - March 31 Submit a poem for a chance to win a prize in this contest sponsored by JMRL in partnership with WriterHouse. Contest forms and guidelines will be available at all JMRL locations. Winning entries will be read at Poetry on the Steps on April 21st. Ages 18 and up.


March 1 - 26 Create a piece of art that illustrates how you experience isolation, loneliness, or alienation from others, themes that appear in Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Pick up entry forms and guidelines at any branch or on the Big Read website. Co-sponsored by Charlottesville Pride Community Network. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the finale on April 3 at the Haven.

part of THE BIG READ

Community Discussion: THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER

March 02, 2016
1:00 pm

Please Note: Meeting will take place at the Betty Queen Center.
Join the library and Parks and Recreation for a preview discussion of this year’s Big Read book. We will discuss points of particular interest in the book as well as information on future club meetings. Come share your love of reading with our Louisa family.

part of THE BIG READ


March 21, 2016
5:00 pm

What happens when you have everything you are supposed to want, but you still feel hollow? Writer and retired actor Lisa Jakub talks about her career in LA, her struggles with anxiety and panic attacks, and her story of choosing a different path. An entertaining speaker, Lisa encourages others to define their own versions of a successful life. For all ages.


sign language.

March 22, 2016
5:15 pm

Join the Louisa County Library and Louisa County Parks, Recreation and Tourism for a silent dinner. It will be a great environment to practice some signing skills and learn more about deaf culture. All ages are invited and families are most welcome. This dinner brings to life some of what we are reading in “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,” by Carson McCullers during our month of The Big Read.


book coverTHE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers

March 22, 2016
7:00 pm

A quiet, sensitive girl searches for beauty in a small, but damned Southern town.
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Genealogy 101

family tree.

April 02, 2016
10:00 am

Ever thought about discovering your family’s history but don’t know where to start? Come out to the library for an in-depth genealogy lesson and get some tips on how to get started. Special Guest: Elaine Taylor- Louisa County Historical Society.



April 09, 2016
1:00 pm

Come decorate your own wine glasses to take home. All materials will be provided.
Registration is required. Call the library or email tduck@jmrl.org to register.

Celebrating National Poetry Month

poetry. Poetry Workshop with Robert Owens

April 15, 2016
4:30 pm

Join talented Virginia poet, Robert Owens for a hands on workshop. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Library will provide snacks.


April 15, 2016
6:00 pm

Join the library and well-known poet Nathan Richardson for a night of freedom, poetry, music, fun, spoken word and more. Bring original artwork to be hung around the room.
No registration required.


book coverDEEP DOWN DARK by Héctor Tobar

April 26, 2016
7:00 pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Tattooed Soldier presents a firsthand, official account of the 2010 survival story involving 33 miners who were trapped for a record 69 days in a Chilean mine. Check the Catalog arrow


May 07, 2016
1:00 pm

Celebrate free comic book day at the library in partnership with Louisa County Parks and Recreation. There will be workshops, art work on display, free comics, raffles, costume contests, crafts, a photo booth and more. Special guest: Chris Claremont creator of Gambit and best known for his work on Marvel’s X-men series. (Via skype)
Don’t forget to enter into the Art contest.
All ages welcome.


book coverROSEMARY: THE HIDDEN KENNEDY DAUGHTER by Kate Clifford Larson

May 24, 2016
7:00 pm

Based on correspondence, entries in Rose Kennedy's diaries, and family interviews, describes the plight of a woman who was intellectually disabled and kept hidden by her family after she received a lobotomy at age twenty-three.
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Genealogy Room Exhibit

Arminius Mill


A handmade model of the Arminius Mill building, constructed by Michael Dunn, is on exhibit in the library's genealogy room. The original Mill housed steam powered machinery used to process pyrite ore. Pyrite contained the sulfur used to produce sulfuric acid, a component in many chemical processes. Mineral's rich mining history began in 1830 with gold mining and ended around 1921 with the closing of the pyrite mines.

Local Artists on Display

The Italo Scanga Foundation, a nonprofit trust that promotes the visual arts, has funded a permanent exhibit of original art by local artists. Paintings, sculpture, mosaics, quilts and photography are among the media to be displayed. Here is a sampling:
Photographer: Richard Hinde
Artist: Janice Breeden

History of Louisa Library

A Branch in a Former Barber Shop

Original Louisa Library
Original Louisa Library

An early attempt to establish a library in Louisa County took place in 1953,when the Virginia State Library delivered books with a van. In 1971, 50 people turned out for a meeting with Raymond Williams, the Director of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. From this event, a campaign was launched to create a branch in Louisa.


Within a year, the dream became reality. The Louisa County Branch Library opened on November 27, 1972, in a former barber shop on Main Street. This 440-square-foot space was rented by the county for $100 a month and was open 22 hours a week with two part-time staff. During the early years an occasional story hour was held in local churches. During the last year in the building, story hours and other children's programs were held in the branch, but due to severe space limitations the library was closed to the public. The library remained in those cramped quarters until October 1979.

More Room for Growth

Former Girl Scout house becomes Louisa Library
Former Girl Scout house becomes Louisa Library

In 1979, Louisa County purchased the charming Girl Scout house on West Street, a 2,252-square-foot building with a 305 square-foot meeting room. This location of the library, was open to the public 48 hours per week and had a staff that included a Branch Manager, 3 full-time and 2 part-time staff. The collection grew from 714 volumes to nearly 30,000 volumes with an annual circulation of over 116,000 items.


In 1987, the Louisa County Board of Supervisors created a Library Advisory Board with representatives from each voting district. In October 1988, this Board encouraged the County Supervisors to establish a Library Foundation for the purpose of acquiring a library site and constructing a larger, more modern library building.

A Wonderful New Home

New Louisa Library
New Louisa Library

More than ten years of working, planning and fund-raising resulted in a plan for construction of a new 15,000 square-foot library to be located adjacent to Louisa County Middle and High schools. Plans for the new branch included significantly larger collections, computers with Internet access, a historical and genealogical collection room, a large meeting room, space for tutoring and a law collection.


Ground was broken for the new Louisa Library in March 1999, and, on December 12, 1999, the branch was dedicated. Staff and community greeted the opening of the new building and with it, expanded services to the citizens of Louisa County.


The Library in the 21st Century

The library has many features of a modern 21st century library with public computers, printers, wireless internet, self checkout, and audiobooks and eBooks to download. The building survived the August 2011 earthquake with little damage, and the staff was able to provide assistance to the Louisa County Schools that sustained extreme damage. Today six school computers remain in the library to give students access to homework assignments.


As of 2013, the library houses 60,000 items that include books, books on CD, and DVDs for all ages. A staff of three full time and three part-time employees serve the community with internet tutorials, family film programs, adult and teen book discussion groups, and a wide range of programs for children.