Jefferson-Madison Regional Library has seen dramatic growth in collection, facilities, and demand for services. Nine 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.

Ways to Give

  • 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.

    You can also buy a book of the Wish List. JMRL maintains a list of needed materials on Amazon, though you are welcome to purchase these titles through 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.

  • JMRL 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 or click to donate to a specific branch.

    Choose the branch you wish to donate to from the options below.

  • Donate Materials

    For books that you would like to see added to the library's collection, please call collection development with your donation request: 434.979.7151 ext. 6686. The Friends of the Library also collects used books and sells them at their popular fall and spring book sales. Donations can be dropped off at the Gordon Avenue Library on the basement level. The money generated from these sales helps fund the library's programming. For more information or to find out what other items can be donated contact the Friends of the Library at 434.977.8467 or

    Acceptance Guidelines

    Donations will be reviewed for possible addition to the JMRL collection in accordance with JMRL’s collection development guidelines. Donations not added to JMRL’s collection will be sent to the Friends of the Library Book Sale held in the spring and fall of each year. Proceeds from the Friends sale fund all JMRL programming for children, teens and adults.

    JMRL and the Friends do not accept:

    • Books with highlighting or underlining
    • Damaged, moldy or dirty books
    • Encyclopedias (unless published within past 10 years)
    • Items in poor condition

    Donations cannot be accepted during the book sale.

    Please deliver all donations in easy-to-handle cardboard boxes (e.g. small/medium size moving box) that close on the top making sure that all books fit inside with the lid or flaps closed.

    Delivery of donations in bags is strongly discouraged. Due to space limitations at libraries and on the JMRL delivery truck, the library may only accept 3 boxes at a time. Please deliver donations during hours when the library is open. Donations left when the library is closed may be discarded.

    Please do not place donations in the Book Return slots as this causes problems with checking in returned library books.

    If you have a large amount of donations or more than 3 boxes, JMRL encourages you to deliver your donations directly to the Friends’ office, located at the Gordon Avenue Library: 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

Other Ways to Help

Special Projects

JMRL has more special projects on the horizon. Check back soon for information.