Northside Library

Northside LibraryHours:
Monday - Tuesday: 12 - 9pm*
Wed: 10am-9pm | Thurs: 10am-6pm*
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm*
Sunday: closed
*Please Note: Drive-up window closes 30 min. before the building closes.

Phone: 434. 973.7893
Fax: 434.973.5876
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 Northside Library

Art @ Northside

On the Lobby Display Wall & the Quiet Room: Selected art from Bozart

Art. Northside
Art. Northside

Programs for Adults


A program consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Funded by the Friends of the Library. Program listings are below.


If you like mysteries and spy thrillers, join like-minded readers in Northside's mystery book group. The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 1pm-2pm. Registration is recommended but not required. For more information contact Christine Oots at Program listings are below.


This group meets the third Wednesday of each month (not December), 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Program listings are below.


Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-4pm One-on-one tutorials offered twice a week to answer your computer use questions and to learn how to use library resources to download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines to your mobile devices. Call the Information Desk at 973-7893 ext. 4 to sign up for a half-hour tutorial. more info


October 24, 2016
6:30 pm

Connect with other adults during an evening of board games and refreshments. Games to play include classic standards and modern favorites, and each session will feature tutorials for a different game!

  • September 26: Compounded: This board game has players take on the role of chemists, racing against each other to build chemical compounds atom by atom before inevitable lab fires and explosions.
  • October 24: Evolution: Become a guiding force of nature as you assign traits to emerging species, in order to create the most successful species on the planet. Watch out for other players’ carnivores.
  • November 28: Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk. In this expansion to the popular horror game, players are exploring a haunted house. You must discover rooms and try to strengthen your position as best you can, because at some point, one of you will betray the others and unleash a supernatural horror.



October 25, 2016
1:00 pm

While vacationing in Istanbul, English novelist Charles Latimer decides to investigate the intriguing past of one of Europe's most sinister criminals, the notorious Dimitrios, a search that will lead him into a shadowy web of espionage, drugs, intrigue, and assassination. Check the Catalogbullet


October 26, 2016
6:30 pm

Presented by Doris W. Gelbman, Esq. Elder Law Attorney, Gelbman Law Practice PLLC Registration is ongoing.

  • September 28: Staying in Your Home
    What are the practical, health, and financial considerations that you need to consider in order to stay in your home as your grow older? What resources need to be researched and planned for?
  • October 26: Independent and Continuing Care Retirement Communities
    These communities are springing up all over, and many are advertised like luxury, country club living for the rest of your life. Is that the reality? This might be a great option for you, might not be.
  • December 7: Assisted Living and Nursing Facilities - What’s the Diff?
    Learn about the differences between Assisted Living and Memory Care, health and rehab facilities and nursing facilities. What are the differences? What does it cost? Who pays?



November 01, 2016
1:00 pm

Like to knit, crochet, or do needlework? Get together with others who enjoy the same activity. Bring your project and visit while you work. First and third Tuesdays at 1 pm.

Tech Tutors


November 01, 2016
1:00 pm

Trevor Williams from Cville Tech Tutors leads a “hands-on” technology program for iPhones and iPads on the first Tuesday of each month. Registration is ongoing. Class size is limited.

  • September 6: iPhone and iPad Basics
  • October 4: Organizing Your Digital Life
  • November 1: Discovering New Apps
  • December 6: Photo Basics


November 02, 2016
6:30 pm

First Wednesdays at 6:30pm
A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+.

  • October 5: Build a Website: Learn how to set up a free Wordpress website with help from library staff. You'll create an account and customize the theme and other page details. Required registration begins September 14.
  • November 2: Book Crafts: Up-cycle, re-create, and enjoy again! Join us for our first project. We’re re-purposing an old book into a memory box. Perfect for your treasures, or to give as a gift. Come prepared to craft! All materials provided. Required registration begins October 12.
  • December 7: Holiday Craft Extravaganza: Want to make some gifts for the holidays? We’ll have different stations with different craft choices. Make one or make them all. We’ll even have some holiday refreshments for you to enjoy. Required registration begins November 16.


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November 09, 2016
6:30 pm

Susan Emert, Central Virginia Genealogical Association, will teach you how to use and Heritage Quest, databases available on our website, to help you in your genealogical research. Classes will be held in our Computer Classroom and will include one hour of instruction and one hour of research time.

  • September 14: Crossing the Pond Part 2: Websites to help take you home.Registration is required and begins on August 24.
  • November 9: Looking For Your Female Ancestors. Registration is required and begins on October 19.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverBETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates

November 16, 2016
7:00 pm

The author presents a history of racial discrimination in the United States and a narrative of his own personal experiences of contemporary race relations, offering possible resolutions for the future. Check the Catalog arrow


book coverNOTHING TO ENVY by Barbara Demick

November 18, 2016
12:00 pm

Reviewed by Ron Dimberg, Emeritus, Department of History, UVa.
An analysis of North Korea throughout the past 15 years as reflected by the lives of six everyday citizens traces their struggles for survival under totalitarian governance, including coverage of the death of Kim Il Sung, the rise of Kim Jong Il and the famine that has killed countless people.Check the Catalogbullet

Making and Printing 3D Objects

November 19, 2016

September 28 at 6:30-8:45pm
November 19 at 2:30-4:45pm
Curious about the library’s 3D printer, but aren’t sure where to begin? Join library staff as they demonstrate how to create an object using TinkerCAD or select an object using Thingiverse and then print it using the library’s 3D printer. Be sure to bring your questions! Registration is recommended and begins 3 weeks prior to the program.

What’s in Your Attic?


November 21, 2016
12:00 pm

September 19, October 17, November 21
Everyone has too much stuff and no one knows what to do with it. Your kids don’t want it and Craigslist is too much work. Let the staff at Quinn’s Auction Galleries offer tips and tricks to help you with the difficult process of downsizing. To keep or not to keep? To paint or to refinish? To sell or to donate? To buy or not to buy? Skip Usry will help you answer these questions and more. Feel free to bring a treasured item that you would like to learn more about for him to review. Items will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Registration is recommended and is ongoing.



November 22, 2016
1:00 pm

Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are called on to solve a sensitive high profile case on Combe Island off the Cornish coast of England at a time when Dalgliesh is dealing with his uncertain future with Emma Lavenham.Check the Catalogbullet

JMRL Board of Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday, November 28 at 3:00 pm at the Northside Library, 705 West Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

partnership with the International Rescue Committee

Citizenship Information Session

November 30, 2016
6:30 pm

Presented by The International Rescue Committee. Learn about U.S. citizenship and the steps to becoming a citizen.
Call the Information Desk at 973-7893 x4 to register..



December 16, 2016
12:00 pm

Reviewed by Matthew Costello, Assistant Professor & Assistant Editor, Washington Papers, UVa.
Presents an account of the complicated middle years of the American Revolution that shares insights into the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.Check the Catalogbullet



January 20, 2017
12:00 pm

Reviewed by: Tony Townsend, Information Security Analyst, UVa
A revelatory history of the people who created the computer and the Internet discusses the process through which innovation happens in the modern world, citing the pivotal contributions of such figures as Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, Bill Gates, and Tim Berners-Lee.Check the Catalogbullet

History of Northside Library

Northside Library
Original Northside Library
(circa 1991)

Albemarle County's first branch library to serve residents living north of Charlottesville opened in a rented 15,500-square-foot space at Albemarle Square Shopping Center in 1991. The building once housed a Drug Fair discount pharmacy. As a library, the building was an immediate success, becoming Jefferson-Madison Regional Library's busiest branch. By 1998 it was clear the library required more space, so the Library Board of Trustees made a larger Northside Library one of its top goals.

Phillips Building
Phillips Building Supply

Realizing the need for a larger library, and after pursuing several options, in 2012 Albemarle County entered into a contingent contract to purchase property owned by Martha Jefferson Hospital at 705 West Rio Road, formerly known as the Phillips Supply Building. In 2013 the contract was finalized, several community planning meetings were held, and HBM Architects was hired to design the new library. One of the reasons for the selection of HBM Architects was the firm's experience with re-purposing buildings to provide public library services.

Northside Library
Northside Library

Renovation of the Phillips Supply Building began in March 2014 and was completed in February 2015. The new library opened March 16, 2015. Highlights of the new building include a maker space with a 3-D printer, a drive-up service window, dozens of Internet computers, and multiple public meeting rooms.

The library is open 51 hours a week and offers a collection of about 100,000 items.