Northside Library

Northside LibraryHours:
Monday - Tuesday: 12 - 9pm*
Wed: 10am-9pm | Thurs: 10am-6pm*
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm*
Sunday: closed
*Please Note: Drive-up window closes 30 min. before the building closes.

Phone: 434. 973.7893
Fax: 434.973.5876
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 Northside Library

Art @ Northside

On the Lobby Display Wall: Brigitte Turquois-Freeman .

Art. Northside

In the Quiet Room: Judith Townsend.

Art. Northside

Programs for Adults


A program consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Funded by the Friends of the Library. Program listings are below.


If you like mysteries and spy thrillers, join like-minded readers in Northside's mystery book group. The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 1pm-2pm. Registration is recommended but not required. Program listings are below.


This group meets the third Wednesday of each month (not December), 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Program listings are below.


Every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4 pm. One-on-one tutorials offered twice a week to answer your specific questions about computer use or to learn how to get free audiobooks, eBooks, and magazines for your electronic devices. Call the Information Desk - 434-973-7893 - to sign up for a half-hour tutorial. more info


book coverDissolution by C.J. Sansom

July 26, 2016
1:00 pm

Having worked to establish laws that protect the interests of the crown in 1537, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's feared vicar-general, enlists fellow reformer and lawyer Matthew Shardlake to investigate a commissioner's murder, which may be tied to an impending rebellion. Check the Catalog arrow

He’s Back! Harry Potter Celebration

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July 26, 2016
3:30 pm

Join us from 3:30 to 5:30 for a celebration of all things Harry Potter, including themed activities, crafts and a scavenger hunt. Costumes encouraged. For all ages.

Wired Wednesday


July 27, 2016
2:00 pm

Interested in Northside’s Makerspace? Learn how to use a different piece of tech or software each session. Ages 11+. Registration required and begins two weeks before program date.
Join expert Trevor Williams of Cville Tech Tutors to learn how to use GarageBand.

What’s In Your Attic?


August 01, 2016
12:00 pm

Topic: Collecting: What holds value and what doesn't? What makes you happy?

June 13 (rescheduled) & June 20, July 18, August 1 & 15

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. Items will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis.
Registration is recommended and is ongoing.



August 02, 2016
1:00 pm

Like to knit, crochet, or do needlework? Get together with others who enjoy the same activity. Bring your project and visit while you work. First and third Tuesdays at 1 pm.


Stick Binding Postcard Book

August 03, 2016
6:30 pm

Postcards are visually beautiful and help us relive happy memories, but organizing them in a way that enables us to easily access and enjoy them is another matter. Using a simple stick binding method, you will bind your collection into an attractive and artistic book you will be proud to read and share with others. Bring your own postcards..
Registration is required and begins July 13.

Color Me Happy


August 13, 2016
2:00 pm

Second & Fourth Saturdays at 2-4pm
Discover the joy of adult coloring books. We’ll provide the coloring sheets and the colored pencils. Come relax for awhile or for the whole time. Hot and cold drinks will be provided. Ages 14+.

Wired Wednesday


August 17, 2016
5:00 pm

Interested in Northside’s Makerspace? Learn how to use a different piece of tech or software each session. Ages 11+. Registration required and begins two weeks before program date.
Learn the basics of designing for 3D printing with TinkerCAD, an easiest-to-use (and free!) CAD program, and leave the program with a self-designed keychain file.


book cover THE BOYS IN THE BOAT Daniel Brown

August 17, 2016
7:00 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


August 18, 2016
6:00 pm

Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music from local musicians. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! In case of inclement weather or extreme heat, the program will be moved indoors to the meeting room.

  • June 16: Rivanna Winds
  • July 21: CANCELLED
  • August 18: Jim Howe Trio


August 22, 2016
6:30 pm

Connect with other adults during an evening of board games and refreshments. Games will include classic standards and modern favorites. The session in June will feature a tutorial for Splendor, and August will feature a tutorial for Power Grid.


book coverMurder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

August 23, 2016
1:00 pm

A widow's sudden suicide sparks rumors that she murdered her first husband, was being blackmailed, and was carrying on a secrey affair with the wealthy Roger Ackroyd. The following evening, Ackroyd is murdered in his locked study, but not before receiving a letter identifying the widow's blackmailer. Kings Abbot is crawling with suspects and it's up to famous detective, Hercule Poirot, to solve the case.Check the Catalog arrow

partnership with the International Rescue Committee

Citizenship Information Session

August 24, 2016
6:30 pm

Presented by The International Rescue Committee. Learn about U.S. citizenship and the steps to becoming a citizen.
Call the Information Desk at 973-7893 x4 to register..

History of Northside Library

Northside Library
Original Northside Library
(circa 1991)

Albemarle County's first branch library to serve residents living north of Charlottesville opened in a rented 15,500-square-foot space at Albemarle Square Shopping Center in 1991. The building once housed a Drug Fair discount pharmacy. As a library, the building was an immediate success, becoming Jefferson-Madison Regional Library's busiest branch. By 1998 it was clear the library required more space, so the Library Board of Trustees made a larger Northside Library one of its top goals.

Phillips Building
Phillips Building Supply

Realizing the need for a larger library, and after pursuing several options, in 2012 Albemarle County entered into a contingent contract to purchase property owned by Martha Jefferson Hospital at 705 West Rio Road, formerly known as the Phillips Supply Building. In 2013 the contract was finalized, several community planning meetings were held, and HBM Architects was hired to design the new library. One of the reasons for the selection of HBM Architects was the firm's experience with re-purposing buildings to provide public library services.

Northside Library
Northside Library

Renovation of the Phillips Supply Building began in March 2014 and was completed in February 2015. The new library opened March 16, 2015. Highlights of the new building include a maker space with a 3-D printer, a drive-up service window, dozens of Internet computers, and multiple public meeting rooms.

The library is open 51 hours a week and offers a collection of about 100,000 items.