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
Email Us

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New Northside Library

Art @ Northside

On the Lobby Display Wall: Piedmont Pastelists.


In the Quiet Room: Watercolors by Janice Edwards .

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.


Every Monday and Wednesday from 1-3 pm. One-on-one tutorials offered twice a week to answer your specific questions about computer use or to learn how to get free audiobooks, eBooks, and magazines for your electronic devices. Call the Information Desk - 434-973-7893 - to sign up for a half-hour tutorial. more info


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


A monthly program to help you with your job search. Presented in Partnership with the Workforce Center. Call the Information Desk (434-973-7893) to register.

Make & Take Crafts

Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by information desk for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided.

  • May: Magnets
  • June: Zendoodle
  • July: Pinwheels
  • August: Bookmarks


August 04, 2015
6:30 pm

Come explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creativity flowing. Feel free to share your work in this non-judgmental environment. Call the Information Desk (434-973-7893) or email to register.


August 05, 2015
6:30 pm

A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+. Listings below:

  • Hypertufa Planters: Wednesday, May 6. Make hypertufa planters that will look great in your garden. All supplies are provided. Dress to get messy. Registration begins April 15.
  • Sugar Scrub: June 3. Create a homemade sugar scrub and leave with a great addition to your beauty routine.Required registration begins May 13. Class size is limited.
  • Red, Wreath, and Blue Workshop : July 1. Learn to make a variety of paper shapes to create a patriotic wreath or decorative star.Required registration begins June 10.
  • Bath Bombs: August 5. Learn how to make fun and fizzy homemade bath bombs from just a few ingredients.
    Required registration begins July 15.
Call 434.973.7893 for more information.

partnership with the International Rescue Committee

Citizenship Information Session

August 12, 2015
6:30 pm

Presented by The International Rescue Committee. Learn about U.S. citizenship and the steps to becoming a citizen.
Call the library to register.


August 13, 2015
2:00 pm

Join us for a monthly meeting in the computer classroom to learn the basics of a variety of web-related tools and programs.

  • May 14: Getting Started with Social Media
  • June 11: Skype
  • July 9: Your Library Online
  • August 13: Basics of Internet Browsing

Wednesday Evening Book Group


August 19, 2015
7:00 pm

A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices. Check the Catalog arrow


August 25, 2015
6:30 pm

Connect with other adults during an evening of board games and refreshments. Games will include classic standards and modern favorites. Sessions in August and October will feature tutorials for a different game each month.

In Partnership with the Workforce Center

handcraftWorkforce Connection

August 26, 2015
2:00 pm

A monthly program highlighting the variety of ways the Charlottesville Workforce Center, part of the Piedmont Workforce Network, can support your job search.
Call the library or email to register.

  • May 27: Guerilla Tactics: Take charge of your job search and do everything you can to land that job you're looking for.
  • June 24: Feel like you have insurmountable barriers to employment? Learn about programs to help you overcome them.
  • July 29: Calling All Vets - Learn more about your Veteran Benefits, about how employers seek Veteran employees, and how to maximize your Veteran experience in seeking your next position.
  • August 26: Make the most of your Workforce Connection - Getting assistance and connecting employers with prospective employees.

Aging in Place - 6:30 pm

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

  • July 22: Independent and ‘Continuing Care Retirement Communities'
  • August 26: Assisted Living and Nursing Facilities - What’s the Diff?

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.