Louisa County Library

Louisa LibraryHours:
Monday - Tuesday: 11am - 7pm
Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Sunday - Closed

Phone: 540.894.5853
Fax: 540.894.9810
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Programs for Adults




One-on-one sessions offered to answer your computer use questions. Topics can include basic computer skills, MSOffice programs, online job applications, and learning. 30 minute sessions are scheduled by appointment.


Meets monthly (except for December) on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30pm. The group will discuss a wide range of titles chosen by members and enjoy refreshments. Program listings are below.

Are You a DIY Person?


June 01, 2016
2:00 pm

Do you knit, bead, make rugs, hand stitch or do any kind of handcraft? Come to share ideas, show off your work and get another crafter's eye and perception. Chat and meet your neighbors while you work on your craft. Bring any project you're working on, or come just to be inspired. All ages and levels of experience welcome. Call or visit the library for details.
Meets every Wednesday

Friday Family Movies

MovieStar Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015, PG-13)

June 03, 2016
1:00 pm

Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.more info

Make & Take Crafts


June 06, 2016

Bring in the summer with this lovely and useful craft: button bookmarks. All materials provided.

Summer Reading Kickoff Olympics

June 07, 2016
11:45 am

Come join the Louisa County Library for our summer program kickoff. The Library Olympics will be held including games such as discus & javelin throw, ring toss, and more. Athlete registration begins at 11:45am and the torch lighting relay race will be at noon, followed by games and snacks. A medal ceremony for all athletes who participate will be a great photo op for parents.

Book Tasting

reading June 13 - July 29 Try it - you might like it! Ravenous readers, take a seat at designated book tasting tables where you can discover delicious new books you may enjoy. Feel free to check them out afterwards. Don’t forget to fill out your menu survey for a chance to win a prize.

Friday Family Movies

MoviePan (2015, PG)

June 17, 2016
1:00 pm

12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
more info

Quinn’s Auction Presents: What’s in Your Attic?


June 27, 2016
12:00 pm

June 27, July 25, August 22
Everyone has too much stuff and no one knows what to do with it. Your kids don't want it and Craigslist is too much work. Let the staff at Quinn's Auction Galleries offer tips and tricks to help you with the difficult process of downsizing. To keep or not to keep? To paint or to refinish? To sell or to donate? To buy or not to buy? Quinn's will help you answer these questions and more. Feel free to bring a treasured item that you would like to learn more about for the auction staff to review. What's in your attic?

Tuesday Evening Discussion Group

book coverTHE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman

June 28, 2016
7:00 pm

Presents a modern fantasy about fear, love, magic, and sacrifice in the story of a family at the mercy of dark forces, whose only defense is the three women who live on a farm at the end of the lane. Check the Catalog arrow

Friday Family Movies

Movie Max (2015, PG)

July 01, 2016
1:00 pm

A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience.
more info

Hospice 101

July 06, 2016
12:45 pm

There are many misconceptions about what hospice care is as well as when it is the right time to consider hospice care for a loved one. Hospice 101 will address myths, facts, how hospice works and much more. Guest Speaker from Hospice of the Piedmont.

Picnic Lunch with Shakespeare


July 09, 2016
2:00 pm

Enjoy an indoor picnic style lunch while watching the renowned Quill Theatre perform selected scenes and monologues from Shakespeare.

Drumming Workshop


July 11, 2016
2:00 pm

Do you love drumming? Join William “Whit” Whitten of Drum Call for an exciting, interactive workshop that explores the sounds of African drumming. Drums will be provided. Grades 5+. Limit: 20.
Required registration begins on June 27.

Friday Family Movies

MovieThe Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015, TV)

July 15, 2016
1:00 pm

Set in the African Savanna, the film follows Kion as he assembles the members of the 'Lion Guard'. Throughout the film, the diverse team of young animals will learn how to utilize each of their unique abilities to solve problems and accomplish tasks to maintain balance within the Circle of Life, while also introducing viewers to the vast array of animals that populate the prodigious African landscape.
more info

Craft Program

necklace.Beach Glass Pendant Workshop

July 23, 2016
2:00 pm

Create gorgeous pendants with beach glass and wire wrapping. Use on a necklace for a summer look, or create a set of wine charms; it’s up to you. All materials will be provided. Ages 14+.
Required registration begins July 1.

Tuesday Evening Discussion Group

book coverTHE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE by Laurie King

July 26, 2016
7:00 pm

In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees in Sussex when a young woman literally stumbles onto him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern, twentieth-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.
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Friday Family Movies

MovieZOOTOPIA (2016)

July 29, 2016
1:00 am

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.
more info

Tuesday Evening Discussion Group


August 23, 2016
7:00 pm

Uncommon Reader is humorous fiction about Queen Elizabeth borrowing a library book. Check the Catalogbullet

Genealogy Room Exhibit

Arminius Mill


A handmade model of the Arminius Mill building, constructed by Michael Dunn, is on exhibit in the library's genealogy room. The original Mill housed steam powered machinery used to process pyrite ore. Pyrite contained the sulfur used to produce sulfuric acid, a component in many chemical processes. Mineral's rich mining history began in 1830 with gold mining and ended around 1921 with the closing of the pyrite mines.

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:
Photographer: Richard Hinde
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.