Scottsville Library

Scottsville LibraryBeginning May 17th, we will no longer require appointments to enter the library. At this time, we will have reduced capacity and ask that you limit your visit to under two hours. We look forward to seeing you in the library!

Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday: 1pm - 9pm
Wednesday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Note: Beginning Thursday, June 10th, Scottsville Library will be open on Thursdays from 9am to 9pm

Phone: 434.286.3541
Fax: 434.286.4744
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Contactless Pickup Service at the Scottsville Library

Step 1: Place items on hold.

  • Place items on hold at OR call us at 434.286.3541 for assistance.
  • You will be notified by email or phone when your holds are ready.

Step 2: Call the library to confirm pickup.

  • Once holds are ready, call us to set a pickup time.
  • Verify your information over the phone. We will check your items out and place them in a bag.

Step 3: Pick up your items

  • If you set a pickup time, you may head to the tent out front as soon as you arrive. Your items will be waiting for you on the table.
  • If you did not arrange pickup ahead of time, please call us from your car or from our outdoor seating. We’ll get your items ready as quickly as we’re able.
  • Please stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Take your items and have a great day!


Do you live in Buckingham or Fluvanna County but have a Scottsville address? You can still get a library card! Just show us a photo ID and a document with your Scottsville mailing address on it. If your ID has your address, then that's all you need. Though you're technically out of area for JMRL, the Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will provide a one-year scholarship to cover the out of area fee for you. The scholarship will renew each year that the Friends continue the program, which began in 2015. We hope to see you at the Scottsville Library!


Virtual Tech Tutorials

Need help with your device or downloading ebooks and audiobooks to your phone or tablet? Looking for assistance organizing photos, or just have general questions about using your device? Contact Chris at to arrange a Zoom tutorial with a JMRL Librarian (up to 45 minutes).

Programs at Scottsville

Looking for more programs? All JMRL programs are currently virtual, which means you can participate at any branch no matter where you live. Check the Programs Calendar to see everything available to you. Find previous programs and virtual storytimes on the JMRL YouTube Channel.

History of Scottsville Library

It Began With a Party

The dream of a library in Scottsville reaches back to the turn of the twentieth century. On June 19, 1902, a benefit was held in “Beal’s Hall.” Guests came dressed as storybook characters, and prizes were given to those who identified the most books and authors. Benefit proceeds became the seed money for a small library situated in an old school building at the corner of Main and Valley Streets.

Mrs. J.V. Pereira, the wife of a local banker, opened the library every Wednesday afternoon with the help of Miss Marietta Powers. In 1908, Mr. Pereira built a new bank across the street and the library moved into a room there.

When Mrs. Pereira left town, she gave the books to Miss Powers who moved the collection to a small building adjacent to the Methodist Church. Until her death in 1953, Miss Powers worked in the library without pay. She charged a five-cent fee for borrowing a book and used the money to buy new books.

With the death of Miss Powers, the 1,000 books of the library were purchased by local resident, Grover Cleveland, for $40. He donated the money to the Scottsville Volunteer Fire Department.

The Beginning of the Regional Library System

Although Scottsville was without a library, the bookmobile came from McIntire Library in Charlottesville and parked two hours a week in front of the school. This cooperative venture of the two political systems of Charlottesville and Albemarle County marked the beginning of the regional library system.

By the late 1950’s patrons wanted expanded service and worked diligently towards opening a library in a former drugstore on Valley Street. The Scottsville Branch Library opened on June 4, 1959, with 1,500 donated books. There was a grand opening reception attended by several local writers.  Open for sixteen hours a week, the new library was governed by a local board, with rent of the building and the salary of the branch’s first librarian, Mrs. Brent Dorrier, paid by McIntire Library.  The new branch was a great success. The next six years saw circulation and bookstock grow dramatically and Mrs. Louise Philpott succeeded Mrs. Dorrier as librarian.

A New Building

A schoolhouse becomes a library
This schoolhouse becomes a library

In 1965, the library moved into a former two-room schoolhouse on the corner of Bird and Page Streets. Renovation of the building by the Fairhaven Garden Club, Uniroyal, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and other volunteers, according to Scottsville on the James by Virginia Moore, afforded “a large pleasant room where the librarian, Mrs. Mary Stone, was ready to help any patron who wanted to sit and read periodicals or check out books”.  For the next 15 years many improvements were made to the building, the collection grew to 13,000, and circulation rose to over 25,000 a year as the library became an increasingly important community resource for learning and recreation. In 1975, Mrs. Louise Holt became branch head.

Scottsville Library Rises From the Ashes

Disaster Strikes!
Disaster Strikes!

In September 1980 the library was hit by lightning and almost totally destroyed by fire. Now the community spirit which helped Scottsville survive a number of serious James River floods surfaced as, a small army of volunteers transformed an old cannery building across the street into a temporary library with donated books and the 1,700 books which could be salvaged from the damaged collection.

In May of 1982, ground was broken for a new building at the site of the old one and on December 29, 1982, the current 3900 square foot building opened, furnished with a collection of antique reproductions given to the McIntire library by Charlottesville philanthropist Paul Goodloe McIntire. In May, 1988, Mrs. Marianne Ramsden became branch head.  She was succeeded by Noelle Funk, Kathleen Burns, Megan England, and now Anne Lindberg. The Scottsville Library, now open 52 hours a week with a staff of six, boasts a collection of more than 22,000 items and a circulation of approximately 7,000 items a month.