Northside Library

Northside LibraryHours:
Monday - Tuesday: 12 - 9pm
Wed: 10am-9pm | Thurs: 10am-6pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: closed

Phone: 434. 973.7893
Fax: 434.973.5876
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New Northside Library

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.

  • March: Mehndi
  • April: Blackout poetry
  • May: Magnets


April 21, 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.

JMRL Board Meeting

April 27, 2015
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 the Northside Library at 705 W. Rio Rd, but the agenda (PDF) will show if the meeting is at a different location.


April 28, 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 March and May will feature tutorials for a different game each month.

Celebrating National Poetry Month

poem in pocket logo.Poem In Your Pocket Day

April 30, 2015

Stop by the library today and pick out a gift-wrapped poem to carry in your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to yourself, share it with someone close, or just tuck it in your pocket for a rainy day.

Tech Tutors


May 05, 2015
1:00 pm

Trevor Williams from Cville Tech Tutors leads a technology program for iPhone and iPad users on the first Tuesday of each month.

  • April 7: Organizing Your Digital Life
  • May 5: Discovering New Apps
Class size is limited. Register at the Information Desk or call the Library (434.973.7893).


May 06, 2015
6:30 pm

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

  • Wine Glass Painting: Wednesday, February 4. A reprise of our popular fall program, except this time you’ll be painting red wine glasses. Registration begins January 14. Class size is limited.
  • Climbing Your Family Tree: Wednesday, March 25. (part of the BIG READ) Susan Emert, Central Virginia Genealogical Association, will teach you how to use, a database that can be used in the library, to help you in your genealogical research.
  • Pressed Flowers: Wednesday, April 1. Program Cancelled
  • 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. Class size is limited. Ages 14 and up.
Call 434.973.7893 for more information.

partnership with the International Rescue Committee

Citizenship Information Session

May 13, 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 (434-973-7893) to register.


May 14, 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.

  • April 9: Email Basics
  • May 14: Getting Started with Social Media


book coverTHE DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC by Candice Millard

May 15, 2015
12:00 pm

Speaker: Rick Potter, Associate Professor of History, Mary Baldwin College.

A dramatic narrative account of the 20th President's political career offers insight into his distinguished background as an impoverished wunderkind scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet. Check the Catalog arrow

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverMAYFLOWER: A STORY OF COURAGE... by Nathaniel Philbrick

May 20, 2015
7:00 pm

A fresh and vivid account of our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony. From the Mayflower's arduous Atlantic crossing to the eruption of King Philip's War between colonists and natives decades later, Philbrick reveals in this electrifying history of the Pilgrims a fifty-five-year epic, at once tragic and heroic, that still resonates with us today. Check the Catalog arrow

In Partnership with the Workforce Center

handcraftWorkforce Connection

May 27, 2015
2:00 pm

Guerilla Tactics: Take charge of your job search and do everything you can to land that job you're looking for.
Call the Information Desk to register - 434-973-7893.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverDEFENDING JACOB by William Landay

June 17, 2015
7:00 pm

His happy life and long-time respectability as a suburban Massachusetts assistant district attorney shattered when his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student, Andy Barber faces a wrenching decision about family loyalty when the facts increasingly suggest that the boy is guilty. Check the Catalog arrow

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverA SUMMONS TO MEMPHIS by Peter Taylor

July 15, 2015
7:00 pm

Philip has a new life in New York but is returned to the petty meddling of his family when his two spinster sisters call upon him to help them ruin their eighty-one-year-old father's wedding plans Check the Catalog arrow

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

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.