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: Selected by Lee Nixon

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. For more information contact Christine Oots at 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.


Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-4pm One-on-one tutorials offered twice a week to answer your computer use questions and to learn how to use library resources to download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines to your mobile devices. Call the Information Desk at 973-7893 ext. 4 to sign up for a half-hour tutorial. more info

Charlottesville Astronomical Society Saturday Morning Outreach Event

December 03, 2016
10:30 am

Steve Layman with the Charlottesville Astronomical Society will present
"Our Night Sky". This is a program for children and adults of all ages. Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up on the back patio.



December 06, 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.

Tech Tutors


December 06, 2016
1:00 pm

Trevor Williams from Cville Tech Tutors leads a “hands-on” technology program for iPhones and iPads on the first Tuesday of each month. Registration is ongoing. Class size is limited.

  • September 6: iPhone and iPad Basics
  • October 4: Organizing Your Digital Life
  • November 1: Discovering New Apps
  • December 6: Photo Basics


December 07, 2016
6:30 pm

Presented by Doris W. Gelbman, Esq. Elder Law Attorney, Gelbman Law Practice PLLC Registration is ongoing.

  • September 28: Staying in Your Home
    What are the practical, health, and financial considerations that you need to consider in order to stay in your home as your grow older? What resources need to be researched and planned for?
  • October 26: Independent and Continuing Care Retirement Communities
    These communities are springing up all over, and many are advertised like luxury, country club living for the rest of your life. Is that the reality? This might be a great option for you, might not be.
  • December 7: Assisted Living and Nursing Facilities - What’s the Diff?
    Learn about the differences between Assisted Living and Memory Care, health and rehab facilities and nursing facilities. What are the differences? What does it cost? Who pays?


December 07, 2016
6:30 pm

First Wednesdays at 6:30pm
A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+.

  • October 5: Build a Website: Learn how to set up a free Wordpress website with help from library staff. You'll create an account and customize the theme and other page details. Required registration begins September 14.
  • November 2: Book Crafts: Up-cycle, re-create, and enjoy again! Join us for our first project. We’re re-purposing an old book into a memory box. Perfect for your treasures, or to give as a gift. Come prepared to craft! All materials provided. Required registration begins October 12.
  • December 7: 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. Required registration begins November 16.



December 16, 2016
12:00 pm

Reviewed by Matthew Costello, Assistant Professor & Assistant Editor, Washington Papers, UVa.
Presents an account of the complicated middle years of the American Revolution that shares insights into the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.Check the Catalogbullet

JMRL Board of Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday, December 19th at 3:00 pm at the Northside Library, 705 West Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901



January 20, 2017
12:00 pm

Reviewed by: Tony Townsend, Information Security Analyst, UVa
A revelatory history of the people who created the computer and the Internet discusses the process through which innovation happens in the modern world, citing the pivotal contributions of such figures as Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, Bill Gates, and Tim Berners-Lee.Check the Catalogbullet

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.