Louisa County Library

Louisa LibraryHours:
Monday 1pm - 7pm, Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm — curbside only

Starting Monday, September 21:
Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm — curbside and appointments
Saturday 10am - 4pm — curbside only

Phone: 540.894.5853
Fax: 540.894.9810
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Appointment Service at Louisa

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Beginning September 21, the Louisa County library will be open by appointment only. To make an appointment, you must call the library and speak to a staff member. Please be prepared to provide your name, contact information, and the intended purpose of your visit. Appointments will begin on the hour and last for 45 minutes.

You must agree to wear a mask covering your nose and mouth at all times while you are in the building and to practice social distancing. If you do not have a mask, JMRL will provide one for you. Each person, regardless of age, must have an appointment to enter the building and no more than five patrons will be allowed in the building at any time.

The library will continue to offer curbside pickup for those patrons who wish to use that service.

Curbside Pickup at Louisa

Step 1: Place items on hold.

Place a hold on items on our website at jmrl.org OR call Louisa Library at 540.894.5853 to have a staff member place your holds.

  • You will be notified by email or phone when your holds are ready. Holds may take longer than normal to come in as our delivery service is limited and returned items are being quarantined for your safety.

Step 2: Call the library to confirm pickup.

  • When you get notification that items are on hold, call 540.894.5853 to confirm curbside protocol and arrange to pick up your items.
  • Over the phone, verify your name and/or library card number, your birthdate and your address so staff can check your items out to you.
  • When you come for pickup, follow all procedures, wear a face covering, stay 6 ft from all people, and please limit the number of people you bring with you.

Step 3: Pick up your items

  • Please pull into the pickup area and a staff member will come to the door to assist you. Stay in your car or in the designated waiting area, maintaining a 6 foot separation from other people.
  • All returns must be placed in the book drop.
  • Branches can not accept donations of books or media at this time.
  • The building is closed to the public. Restrooms are not available.

Thank you very much for your cooperation. We're glad to have you back at the library!

Programs at Louisa

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:
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Photographer: Richard Hinde
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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.