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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New Northside Library

Art @ Northside

On the Lobby Display Wall: Maya Van Dyck.

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Programs for Adults


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.


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


Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the library for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided.

  • November: Holiday Postcards
  • December: Gift Tags

NaNoWriMo Events

November is National Novel Writing Month, and the Northside Library will have writing resources available all month for those who accept the NaNoWriMo challenge to write a novel in 30 days. More info

NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up Celebration

December 01, 2015
6:00 pm

Now that NaNoWriMo is over and you’ve lived to tell the tale, ease back into real life by celebrating the end of the month with other WriMos. Stop by to swap stories about your successes and failures, enjoy treats, and relax without worrying about your word count. All NaNoWriMo participants are welcome, regardless of the final status of your novel. No registration required.


December 02, 2015
6:30 pm

A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+. Listings below:

  • December 2: Holiday Craft Extravaganza
    Want to make some gifts for the holidays? We’ll have different stations with different craft choices. Make one or make them all. We’ll even have some holiday refreshments for you to enjoy. Class size is limited. Registration begins November 12.
Call 434.973.7893 for more information.



December 03, 2015
2:30 pm

These weekly drop-in sessions are designed to build and improve basic computer skills. No previous computer experience is required.
Registration not required.

  • November 12: Intro to Windows

  • November 19: Intro to Publisher

  • December 3: Email Basics

  • December 10: Intro to Windows

  • December 17: Intro to Word pt. 1

  • December 31: Intro to Word pt. 2

Charlottesville Astronomical Society Saturday Morning Outreach Event

December 05, 2015
10:30 am

Attendance is limited and registration is required. Children must be ten years or older and accompanied by an adult.

  • November 14: “The Sun - Our Star” by CAS member, Steve Layman, followed by solar observation (weather permitting) using Hydrogen-Alpha and special solar-filter equipped telescopes. Registration begins October 24.

  • December 5: “Astronomy, A Brief Introduction” by CAS member, Rich Drumm, followed by solar observation (weather permitting) on the patio using Hydrogen-Alpha and special solar-filter equipped telescopes. Registration begins November 14.

partnership with the International Rescue Committee

Citizenship Information Session

December 07, 2015
6:30 pm

Presented by The International Rescue Committee. Learn about U.S. citizenship and the steps to becoming a citizen.
Call the library to register.

Tech Tutors


December 08, 2015
1:00 pm

Trevor Williams from Cville Tech Tutors leads a technology program for iPhone and iPad users on the first Tuesday of each month. Class size is limited. Register at the Information Desk or call the Library (434.973.7893).

  • December 8: Photo Basics


    December 09, 2015
    6:30 pm

    Improve your financial skills at these workshops presented by the Virginia Credit Union. Ages 14+. Registration is ongoing.

    • December 9: Building a Better Budget


    book coverTHE WRIGHT BROTHERS by David McCullough

    December 11, 2015
    12:00 pm

    Blending impeccable writing with an absorbing narrative, the author humanizes the two young men from Dayton Ohio whose intelligence, imagination and persistence in pursuit of their dream of flight left a giant footprint on the modern era.
    Reviewed by Tom Campbell, career pilot with US Airways and aviation buff.
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    What’s APPening?

    December 21, 2015
    7:00 pm

    Join us for a roundup of some of the best free apps released in 2015.


    book coverAN UNSUITABLE JOB FOR A WOMAN by PD James

    December 22, 2015
    1:00 pm

    Handsome Cambridge dropout Mark Callender died hanging by the neck with a faint trace of lipstick on his mouth. When the official verdict is suicide, his wealthy father hires fledgling private investigator Cordelia Gray to find out what led him to self-destruction. What she discovers instead is a twisting trail of secrets and sins, and the strong scent of murder.
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    December 22, 2015
    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 October will feature a tutorial for Betrayal at House on the Hill.
    Registration not required.


    December 30, 2015
    6:30 pm

    Learn how to get audio books and eBooks for your electronic devices from the library. Call the Information Desk - 434-973-7893 - to sign up for a half-hour tutorial.

    REFUGEES 101

    January 06, 2016
    6:30 pm

    Who are the refugees coming to the U.S. and, more specifically, to Central Virginia? What makes someone a refugee as opposed to other kinds of immigrants? How do agencies such as the International Rescue Committee assist with the resettlement of refugees, and how can the greater community support that effort? Harriet Kuhr, Executive Director of the IRC in Charlottesville, will discuss these and other questions on how refugees arrive in our area and adapt to life in the U.S.



    January 15, 2016
    12:00 pm

    Confronting the contemporary experience of aging and dying, the author makes the case that modern medicine fails to deal humanely and wisely with the end of life.
    Reviewed by Richard Lindsay, M.D., nationally recognized gerontologist, founder of the Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving.
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    book coverANATOMY OF A MURDER by Robert Traver

    January 26, 2016
    1:00 pm

    Defense attorney Paul Biegler represents Frederick Manion, a young Army lieutenant who claims that the man he shot had raped his wife, only to discover that the case may be far more complex than he had ever imagined.
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    book coverTHE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers

    March 23, 2016
    7:00 pm

    A quiet, sensitive girl searches for beauty in a small, but damned Southern town.
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    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.