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: Judy Townsend .

Art. Northside

In the Quiet Room: Alie Cooper.

Northside Art. Northside Art.

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.


Every Monday and Wednesday from 1-3 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


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


Third Mondays at 7pm Learn about free apps that work on multiple platforms. Light refreshments provided. Registration not required. Program topics are listed below.


May 07, 2016

The Library is joining Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last.


Bon Voyage!

May 09, 2016
7:00 pm

Learn about some of the best free apps to make travelling easier and trip planning less stressful


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May 10, 2016
6:30 pm

Susan Emert, Central Virginia Genealogical Association, will teach you how to use the Library edition of and Heritage Quest, databases available on our website, to help you in your genealogical research. Classes will be held in our Computer Classroom and will include one hour of instruction and one hour of research time.
Class size is limited and registration is required.

  • March 9: Census Records. Registration begins February 17.
  • May 10: Crossing the Pond: How to begin searching for ancestors from other countries. Registration begins April 19.

Northside Library Closed

May 11, 2016

Northside Library will be closed for staff training. Regular hours will resume on May 12th. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.

Celebrate Astronomy Day


May 12, 2016
7:30 pm

Come to our Star Party and celebrate Astronomy Day! Astronomy presentations by Charlottesville Astronomical Society members will start at 7:30 PM. Following the presentations, attendees will be able to observe the night sky (weather permitting)through telescopes set up on the rear patio. The event will conclude around 10:30 PM, or perhaps even later if the skies are clear!
Children must be 10 yrs. or older and accompanied by an adult



May 17, 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.



May 18, 2016
7:00 pm

Follows the story of American heiress Isabel as she visits Europe to find her own destiny, is pursued by suitors, and ultimately must make a tragic choice Check the Catalog arrow

COMPUTER WORKSHOPS - Third Thursdays-Microsoft Word Topics


May 19, 2016
2:30 pm

These weekly drop-in sessions are designed to build and improve basic computer skills. A library card is required to participate.

  • March 17: Editing, Reviewing, and Collaborating
  • April 21: Applying Templates
  • May 19: Headers, Footers, and Tables


book coverCONFEDERATES IN THE ATTIC: dispatches from the unfinished Civil War By Tony Horwitz

May 20, 2016
12:00 pm

Reviewed by Tom Campbell, career pilot with US Airways and aviation buff
A journalist leads readers on a revealing journey through the Old South, tangling with the forces of white rage, rebel grit, and regional pride in places where the Civil War is more than a memory.
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The Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday, May 23, 2016 at 3:00 pm at the Northside Library 705 W. Rio Road Charlottesville, VA 22901.


Travel Writing

June 01, 2016
6:30 pm

Professional writer and educator Linda Kobert guides participants in writing creatively about their travel experiences. Please bring writing materials and a photograph that evokes a meaningful travel experience.
Registration is required and begins May 11.

What’s In Your Attic?


June 06, 2016
12:00 pm

June 6 & 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.

How to Live with Peace of Mind

June 06, 2016
5:30 pm

The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY) presents an evening with Swami Anubhavananda, as he discusses meditation and living life more fully and happily.

Northside Summer Reading Kickoff

June 07, 2016
6:00 pm

Join us for a family dance party featuring some of your favorite tunes, an appearance by Pete the Cat, and face painting donated by Metamorphosis.

Girls of Summer with Charlottesville Junior League

June 11, 2016
10:00 am

The Junior League of Charlottesville present a celebration of girls, summer, and books. This popular Richmond program is returning to Charlottesville and will feature YA authors Hannah Barnaby and Kristen-Paige Madonia. Join us for book signings, sweet treats, and fun book-related activities! For all ages.

Color Me Happy


June 11, 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

Makey Makey Mayhem

June 15, 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.
Program and use MaKey MaKey micro-controllers during this hands-on (and a little bit messy) workshop.


June 27, 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.


luminaries.Light Up Your World

July 06, 2016
6:30 pm

Using Mod Podge or paint, create a set of four votive candle holders to enjoy or give as a gift. All materials are supplied.
Registration is required and begins June 15.

Digging for Your Roots

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July 13, 2016
6:30 pm

Susan Emert, Central Virginia Genealogical Association, will teach you how to organize and record your research using Family Search/Family Tree and Roots Magic.
Registration is required and begins June 22.

Meditation: From Stress to Serenity


July 13, 2016
7:00 pm

Gerry Gorman, long time meditator, will demonstrate the most practical methods of calming the mind for better meditations. As a result, a permanent place of peace and joy can be found within.
Registration is required and begins June 22.

Dancing Lions and Laughing Dragons

July 15, 2016
3:30 pm

The Laughing Dragon Kung Fu Lion Dance Troupe will be presenting a traditional Chinese lion dance and dragon dance, with a 50’ dragon! For all ages.


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.


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.

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 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

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.