Support Your Library

Everyone enjoys lifelong learning at the library. Children stretch imaginations with story hours, live performers, and family programs. Adults sharpen skills, pursue special interests, and find information needed for business, pleasure or job searching. The library offers not only books, but databases, audiobooks, videos and downloadable ebooks and audiobooks that teach and entertain. Through computers and the Internet, the library provides public access to information around the corner or around the world.

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library has seen dramatic growth in collection, facilities, and demand for services. Ten branches, including a bookmobile, serve a combined population of 210,000 in the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. This is the largest geographic area covered by any Virginia library. There are many ways citizens of our community can help the library. Please read below:


    JMRL maintains lists of needed materials online through for adults, teens, and children. Search for the name "Jefferson Madison Library" on Amazon. You are welcome to purchase these titles from any retailer - many local bookstores will help you use this list to purchase from them.

    If you choose to order through Amazon, be sure to check the box "This will be a gift" so that JMRL will be notified of your donation. If you would like acknowledgement of receipt, or would like a special book plate placed in your gift, you must include contact information in the "gift message" field. Amazon will ship your donation directly to the library.

    If you choose to purchase through another retailer, please clearly indicate to library staff that the gift is a donation from the wish list. You may bring the item to your local branch, or send your purchase to Collection Development, Central Library, 201 E. Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

  • BUY A BOOK: You can give funds to purchase a book for the library as a memorial, in honor of a special occasion, or as a donation from your organization. For each $25 donated, you may designate the name to be placed on a special bookplate in a new book. The book will become part of the library's collection to be shared with other readers.  You can pay online or print out and return the Buy A Book form.

  • SPECIFIC DONATIONS: Donations of specific items to the collection must be pre-approved. Please contact Collection Development (434.979.7151 x6686)
  • JEFFERSON-MADISON REGIONAL LIBRARY ENDOWMENT FUND: Stable private support is essential to continue development of quality public library service. To encourage private support, the Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library created an Endowment Fund as a separate funding mechanism to address library needs over the long term and support special programs. Endowment distributions do not relieve local governments of their responsibility for basic funding, but provide an ongoing source of additional money for services that reach beyond minimum standards.

    The Endowment Fund was established as part of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Library requests for funding from the Endowment are recommended by a Library Endowment Advisory Committee and approved by the Trustees of the Community Foundation.

    Please consider making a gift to the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund. To make a gift now, receive more information, or discuss your interest in the Endowment Fund, print out and return the donation form or donate online. Contact if you are interested in donating to a specific Friends endowment fund.

  • Grow Nelson Library - www.grownelsonlibrary.orgGROW NELSON LIBRARY
    Nelson Memorial Library is expanding! The fundraising group hopes to raise $500,000 to spend on computers, media accessories, and additional books for the collection. Get updates about the project at or donate directly here.
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    VOLUNTEER AT THE LIBRARY: find out how

    :  Join the Friends of the Library and find out the many ways they help JMRL.  The Friends accept donations of used books which go to their very successful book sale;  revenue from the book sale is then used for JMRL programming. JMRL Book Donation Guidelines