JMRL's COVID-19 Response

JMRL is committed to serving Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson and to helping individuals to navigate their information seeking needs even in the most difficult of times. Finding the balance between JMRL's mission to serve, community safety, and personal safety is a delicate task. While possible, JMRL strives to keep its doors open to all, including those who may have no other place to go.

JMRL has a five-tiered approach that has been engaged in response to COVID-19. All branches are currently in Tier 1.

Tier 5: No physical services or operations
  • Library closure.
Tier 4: Limited services and operations.
  • No public access to building interiors. Curtailed hours and staffing. Limited delivery between branches. Enhanced cleaning protocols in place. Enhanced safety and distancing protocols in place. The goal in Tier 4 will be to have at least one branch offering limited physical service in each jurisdiction, with curbside or drive through pickup only.
  • Curbside/drive through pick up is available at all branches, except the Bookmobile. Find specific procedures and hours on each branch page.

Tier 3: Significantly altered services and operations.
Applies to all branches .

JMRL is opening its buildings with some new guidelines to keep our community safe:

  • Buildings are open by appointment only. Check the Central, Crozet, Gordon, Greene, Louisa, Nelson Memorial, Northside, and Scottsville pages to find out how to make an appointment.
  • In accordance with state law, masks and six feet of distance between individuals in a library building are required.
  • Be considerate. Do not come to the library if you are sick.
  • Appointments are 45 minutes long and capped at one per day. This will help JMRL serve as many people as possible.
  • Services are limited. JMRL will only offer virtual programs. No meeting rooms are available.
  • New hours: Monday - Sunday. Check your branch page for details.

Check your local branch page to see what services are available:

  • Contactless pickup is still available at all locations, although hours may be reduced.
  • The Bookmobile will not make scheduled stops during Tier 3.

Tier 3 will pause whenever the Blue Ridge Health District's 7 day average of COVID-19 test positivity has been at or above 10% for 7 consecutive days.

Tier 2: Altered services and operations.
  • Physical visits allowed up to a per-branch capacity threshold, no appointments required. Curbside/drive-up continuing at all locations. Branches may continue to have limited service and modified schedules.
  • To protect children inside the library, JMRL asks that patrons please wear masks.
  • Library meeting rooms are unavailable, and library programming is virtual.
  • Call your local branch for the most update hours and services information.
Tier 1: Mostly standard services and operations.
  • Locations at pre-COVID 19 hours and staffing. Continued curbside service at certain locations.
  • To protect children inside the library, masks are recommended for all patrons ages 2 and up. Masks must cover the nose and mouth snugly. Bandana masks are not allowed.
  • Meeting rooms are available along with notaries and a host of other services. Attendance limits for programs and meetings may still be in place, albeit at a higher capacity.
  • Late fines reinstated.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols in place.

Need a home COVID-19 test?

VDH-STACC is a new program launched by VDH in November 2021. Through this program, community members can pick up FREE test kits from participating libraries (library cards aren't required) and take the kits home to self-test for COVID-19.

How to get a test kit

Step One:  Contact your local branch where you wish to pickup the test kit to schedule a same-day pickup appointment.

Step Two:   Go to the branch and follow the appointment instructions for Contactless Curbside pickup.


Using the test kit

To take the test, an individual will need:

  • An internet connection
    • Note: Library wifi OUTSIDE the building may be an option, but tests cannot be taken inside any JMRL location).

  • An internet-enabled device (computer, mobile phone, or tablet) with:
    • a webcam or front-facing camera
    • microphone
    • and speaker

  • A valid photo ID to show the eMed guide in order to join a guided testing session
  • Note: library staff cannot assist you in taking, reading, or disposing of the test


  • Available by Contactless Curbside pickup only
  • Appointments must be made by phone for same-day pickup
  • 1 per person in a household (not to be stored/hoarded for later use)
  • Library cards not required
  • Test kits are for use when you return home. Library staff cannot assist with administering tests.
  • You will need a valid photo ID and an internet connected device with a camera and a microphone in order to take the online test.

    Library wifi OUTSIDE the building may be an option, but tests cannot be taken inside any JMRL location.
  • A trained guide will walk you through the process online. Follow the guide's instructions for best results.
  • Note: library staff cannot assist you in taking, reading, or disposing of the test

Questions? Contact your healthcare provider or VDH at or 1-877-829-4682