Central Library

Central Library Hours:
Monday - Thursday : 9am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday : 9am - 5pm
Sunday - 1pm - 5pm
(Closed Sundays Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day)

Phone: 434.979.7151
Fax: 434.971.7035
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Art @ Central

Watercolors by Lee Alter on display (3rd floor) April 1-30, 2016.

Art. Alter
Art. Alter

Programs for Adults


The Reference staff will provide one-on-one tutorials on basic computer skills and online job searching and applications. Participants must get a JMRL Library Card. For an appointment call 979.7151 ext 4


Films are shown on the 4th Thursday of the month except for December. Come view and discuss documentary films on current issues. Light refreshments will be provided. Sign up to be added to the film email list: Email Us After being shown, check the online catalog to borrow the film. Program listings are below.


Join a community discussion sparked by topics in these films, which cover challenges still faced within the black community today. Thirty minutes of discussion will follow the film screening. Refreshments will be available. titles, dates & times listed below.


On the third Thursday of the month bring your lunch and discuss fiction and non-fiction books. Library staff will provide value-added content and lead the discussion. Drinks and desserts will be provided. Sign up to be added to the book email list: Email Us Program listings are below.


Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the lower level of the Central Library for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided. No registration required.

  • May: Tissue paper flowers
  • June: Collaborative Coloring
  • July: Paper Mosaic
  • August: Olympic Magnets


First Thursdays at 7pm May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4 Champion Brewing Company The group generally selects the next title at each meeting.


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June 02, 2016
7:00 pm

First Thursdays at 7pm at Champion Brewing Company
James Joyce’s short story “The Dead,” collected in The Dubliners.
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Summer Reading Kickoff Hullabaloo!

June 04, 2016
10:00 am

Celebrate the sweet start of summer at Central Library’s annual street party. Swing to the sounds of a Dixieland band, snack on popcorn and donuts, enjoy face painting, and pick up a JMRL summer challenge sheet. Special appearance by Pete the Cat. Check out the Friends’ mini-­book sale, too. For all ages

Created Equal Film Discussion

DVD cover School Daze (1988)

June 08, 2016
5:00 pm

A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college. more info


Second & Fourth Wednesdays* at 6pm

  • May 11
  • May 25
  • June 8
  • June 22
  • July 13
  • July 27
  • April 27
  • August 10
  • August 24
Improve your writing with peer feedback. Participants will bring copies of work previously written to share with peers, and will help constructively critique others’ work as well. For more inquiries, contact Abby at acox@jmrl.org or call 979.7151 x4.

Music on the Steps

Let the band play on graphic.

June 10, 2016
12:00 pm

Lunch to the rhythm as ensembles from the Charlottesville Municipal Band and other local groups serenade you while you munch. Rain location: McIntire Room. For the whole family.

AUTHOR VISIT: Brent D. Glass

50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S.

June 13, 2016
7:00 pm

In partnership with the Virginia Center for the Book and Journey Through Hallowed Ground.
Lecture and slides presented by the author, Brent D. Glass.
Books will be available for purchase.

Adult Coloring


June 15, 2016
6:00 pm

Third Wednesdays at 6pm
De-stress with a night of coloring with company. Coloring pages from books designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils, markers, and crayons will be provided.


Third Wednesdays at 6pm

  • May 18
  • June 15
  • July 20
  • August 17
Explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creativity flowing. Feel free to share your work in this non­judgmental environment for writers of any level. For more inquiries, contact Abby at acox@jmrl.org or call 979.7151 x4. Registration requested.

Brown Baggers Book Group

book coverHOWARD'S END by E.M. Forster

June 16, 2016
12:00 pm

A strong-willed and intelligent woman refuses to allow the pretensions of her husband's smug English family to ruin her life.
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Bloomsday Open Mic


June 16, 2016
4:30 pm

Location: Tin Whistle Irish Pub, 609 E. Market St.
Join JMRL staff and local Irish literature lovers for this worldwide annual commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce. Share your favorite passage by an Irish writer. (2 hr. free parking in the Market St. garage.)

Let Your Hair Down

June 20, 2016
6:00 pm

Holly Herring of Moxie Hair and Body Lounge will show you to get the most out of your tools and make yourself shine. Bring a friend and your curling or flat iron. Registration required and begins on June 6. Ages 13-adult.

  • June 20: Beachy Waves. Please bring a curling iron.
  • June 27: Flat Iron Fun. Please bring a flat iron.


DVD cover He Named Me Malala (2015)

June 23, 2016
7:00 pm

A look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.
more info

Created Equal Film Discussion

DVD cover Straight Outta Compton (2015)

July 13, 2016
5:00 pm

The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.
more info

Brown Baggers Book Group

book cover THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion

July 21, 2016
12:00 pm

A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.
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Harry Potter Film Series

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July 21, 2016
2:00 pm

Celebrate the publication of the new Harry Potter book by watching some of the Harry Potter movies. For all ages.

  • July 21: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, PG, 2 hours 32 minutes
  • July 28: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, PG, 2 hours 41 minutes
  • August 4: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, PG, 2 hours 22 minutes
  • August 11: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, PG-13, 2 hours 37 minutes

  • Virginia Thompson Paste Paper Workshop

    July 26, 2016
    6:30 pm

    Like finger painting for grownups, paste paper involves creating brilliant, richly colored and textured designs with non-toxic paste pigments on paper using hands, simple tools and found objects. Students complete 3 large sheets that can be used to cover books, wrap gifts, make notecards, wall art and more. For ages 13-adult.
    Required registration begins July 12.

    Documentary Film Series

    DVD cover Touch the Wall (2014)

    July 28, 2016
    7:00 pm

    Swimming superstar Missy Franklin was destined for greatness at an early age, but it wasn't until the arrival of Veteran Kara Lynn Joyce that those sky-high expectations began to take shape.
    more info

    Spotlight on Sports with Jay James

    August 03, 2016
    6:30 pm

    Just in time for the Olympics, come hear popular sports personality Jay James discuss the highlights and challenges of working in the sports media world. For all ages.

    Created Equal Film Discussion

    DVD cover Rosewood (1997)

    August 10, 2016
    5:00 pm

    Miami pathologist, Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr., finds secrets in people's bodies using his state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.
    more info

    Sports Trivia

    August 11, 2016
    6:30 pm

    Grab a team of 3-5 people and test your sports IQ. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. For all ages. Team captains, please register starting July 28.

    Brown Baggers Book Club

    book cover THE BOYS IN THE BOAT Daniel Brown

    August 18, 2016
    12:00 pm

    Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of such contributors as their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder and a homeless teen rower. Check the Catalog arrow

    Documentary Film Series

    DVD cover Speaking in Tongues (2009)

    August 25, 2016
    7:00 pm

    Four students become fluent in second languages while attending public school, with challenging and delightful results.
    more info

    History of McIntire and Central Library

    Albemarle Library Society
    Charlottesville Public Library c. 1922

    The first known library in downtown Charlottesville was created in 1823 by a group of citizens that included Thomas Jefferson. The “Albemarle Library Society” boasted an initial collection of 238 titles. This village library was located at “Number Nothing” in Court Square (a site now occupied by 224 Court Square). A public subscription library, the society was incorporated by the Virginia General Assembly and lasted at least until 1834. It was not until 1919 and the generosity of Paul Goodloe McIntire that a truly public library was formed. McIntire donated not only the land and the construction costs, but the furniture and the first 5,000 books for the new library as well. The cornerstone was laid in November, 1919, and the new “Charlottesville Public Library” opened its doors to the public on May 30, 1921.

    The Regional Library Evolves

    Original site of the library, now the Historical Society
    Original site of the library, now the Historical Society

    With the development of bookmobile service to Albemarle County in 1947, the name of the library was changed to the “Charlottesville-Albemarle Public Library”. In 1958, six years after the death of Mr. McIntire, the main library building and the system itself became known as the “McIntire Library.”

    Additional branches in Scottsville, Crozet, and on Gordon Avenue in Charlottesville took some of the pressure off of the small McIntire Branch in the early 1960s, and, in 1972, with the addition of branches in Louisa and Nelson counties, the library system became the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Greene County joined the system in 1974.

    Market St. Post Office Building
    Market St. Post Office Building

    In October 1977, the Market Street Post Office building was purchased by Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Under Director Christopher Devan, a 17-month renovation project took place. Total cost of the project reached $2.25 million. After moving the McIntire collection of 90,000 volumes into the building on Market Street, the new Central Library opened on February 2, 1981 to patrons eager for a larger facility. Along with administration and technical services, the third floor of the new building offered the community three meeting rooms, one of them dedicated to Mr. McIntire.

    In May 1987, the Albemarle County Historical Society's Library and the Central Virginia Genealogical Association consolidated their resources with those of the Central Library and moved the newly formed Charlottesville-Albemarle Historical Collection to the mezzanine of the Central Library where it remained until 1994. That year, after extensive restoration and renovation, the Historical Collection moved out of the Central Library and into the former McIntire Library.

    Beyond the Printed Page

    In the late 80s, the Library Board and Director Bill Swinson had committed the library system to obtaining the benefits of emerging modern technology. By February 1989, under Director Donna Selle, the card catalogs at all branches were replaced with on-line computer catalogs for the public and JMRL fully implemented its automated circulation system.

    In order to continue to integrate technology into the library system, the Central Library was again renovated in 1995. The opening of a public computer lab for internet access and the development and implementation of a community information network, Monticello Avenue, were initiated. The public lab currently houses many internet stations and access is also available in the Central Reference Department where extensive electronic resources complement the print and microform collections.

    Current Director John Halliday oversees the entire JMRL system from his office on the third floor of the Central Library.