Scottsville Library

Scottsville LibraryHours:
Monday: 11am - 7 pm
Tuesday: 1pm - 9 pm
Wednesday: 9 am - 7 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm
Friday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday - Closed

Phone: 434.286.3541
Fax: 434.286.4744
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Beginning July 1, 2015, Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will pay the $30 out-of-area library card fee for residents of Buckingham and Fluvanna who have Scottsville mailing addresses. The one-year "scholarships" are intended to encourage library use by residents of the Scottsville area living outside Albemarle County.

To have the out-of-area card fee waived, applicants need only show proof of a Scottsville mailing address. Such proof includes a photo ID with current address, or a photo ID with one of the following: a current utility bill, check, bank statement, lease, tax assessment, voter's registration, recently postmarked letter, or DMV or USPS change of address.

This one-year program is funded by the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund.

Programs for Adults



February 11, 2016
10:00 am

If you’re crafty, this is the group for you. Come swap ideas, learn new skills, or just enjoy the conversations. Bring a project in progress, or the supplies you need to get started.



February 22, 2016
1:00 pm

Bring your quilting or other needlework and enjoy conversations with old and new friends.


March 1 - 26 Create a piece of art that illustrates how you experience isolation, loneliness, or alienation from others, themes that appear in Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Pick up entry forms and guidelines at any branch or on the Big Read website. Co-sponsored by Charlottesville Pride Community Network. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the finale on April 3 at the Haven.


poetry. March 1 - March 31 Submit a poem for a chance to win a prize in this contest sponsored by JMRL in partnership with WriterHouse. Contest forms and guidelines will be available at all JMRL locations. Winning entries will be read at Poetry on the Steps on April 21st. Ages 18 and up.


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March 08, 2016
1:00 pm

Come join a friendly group of book lovers who discuss a variety of books.
The group meets to discuss recent books of interest rather than reading specific titles.

In partnership with the Virginia Shakespear Initiative

Shakespeare.400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Death:
A Performance of "Julius Caesar"

April 23, 2016
3:00 pm

Performance of "Julius Caesar" by Scottsville area youth with prior Shakespeare acting experience. Directed by Lisa Bittner.
Registration is required and begins April 4.


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.

History of Scottsville Library

It Began With a Party

The dream of a circulating library in Scottsville reaches back to the turn of the twentieth century. On June 19, 1902, a library benefit was held in “Beal’s Hall.” Guests came dressed as storybook characters, and prizes were given to those who identified the most books and authors. Benefit proceeds became the seed money for a small library situated in an old school building at the corner of Main and Valley Streets.

Mrs. J.V. Pereira, the wife of a local banker, opened the library every Wednesday afternoon with the help of Miss Marietta Powers. In 1908, Mr. Pereira built a new bank across the street and the library moved into a room there.

When Mrs. Pereira left town, she gave the books to Miss Powers who moved the collection to a small building adjacent to the Methodist Church. Until her death in 1953, Miss Powers worked in the library without pay. She charged a five-cent fee for borrowing a book and used the money to buy new books.

With the death of Miss Powers, the 1,000 books of the library were purchased by local resident, Grover Cleveland, for $40. He donated the money to the Scottsville Volunteer Fire Department.

The Beginning of the Regional Library System

Although Scottsville was without a library, the bookmobile came from McIntire Library in Charlottesville and parked two hours a week in front of the school. This cooperative venture of the two political systems of Charlottesville and Albemarle County marked the beginning of the regional library system.

By the late 1950’s many patrons wanted expanded service and worked diligently towards opening a library in a former drugstore on Valley Street. The Scottsville Branch Library opened on June 4, 1959, with 1,500 donated books. There was a grand opening reception attended by several local writers.  Open for sixteen hours a week, the new library was governed by a local board, with rent of the building and the salary of the branch’s first librarian, Mrs. Brent Dorrier, paid by McIntire Library.  The new branch was a great success. The next six years saw circulation and bookstock grow dramatically and Mrs. Louise Philpott succeeded Mrs. Dorrier as librarian.

A New Building

A schoolhouse becomes a library
This schoolhouse becomes a library

In 1965, the library moved into a former two-room schoolhouse on the corner of Bird and Page Streets. Renovation of the building by the Fairhaven Garden Club, Uniroyal, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and other volunteers, according to Scottsville on the James by Virginia Moore, afforded “a large pleasant room where the librarian, Mrs. Mary Stone, was ready to help any patron who wanted to sit and read periodicals or check out books”.  For the next 15 years many improvements were made to the building, the collection grew to 13,000, and circulation rose to over 25,000 a year as the library became an increasingly important community resource for learning and recreation. In 1975, Mrs. Louise Holt became branch head.

Scottsville Library Rises From the Ashes

Disaster Strikes!
Disaster Strikes!

In September 1980 the library was hit by lightning and almost totally destroyed by fire. Now the community spirit which helped Scottsville survive a number of serious James River floods surfaced as, a small army of volunteers transformed an old cannery building across the street into a temporary library with donated books and the 1,700 books which could be salvaged from the damaged collection.

In May of 1982, ground was broken for a new building at the site of the old one and on December 29, 1982, the current 3900 square foot building opened, furnished with a collection of antique reproductions given to the McIntire library by Charlottesville philanthropist Paul Goodloe McIntire. In May, 1988, Mrs. Marianne Ramsden became branch head.  She was succeeded by Noelle Funk and the current branch manager, Kathleen Burns  The Scottsville Library, now open 48 hours a week with a staff of four, boasts a collection of more than 21,000 items and a circulation of approximately 7,000 items a month.