Special Collections

The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library System has combined holdings of over 400,000 items and a yearly circulation of over 1,600,000 items. There are several distinct collections within the library system including:

The Roland E. Beauford Sr. African-American Collection

The Gordon Avenue Library houses the Roland E. Beauford Sr. African-American Collection. The collection includes a selection of the best books and other materials, fiction and non-fiction, by or about African-Americans.

Bestsellers Collection

When you just HAVE to read the latest best-seller, it’s worth a visit to the Central Library, the Gordon Avenue Library,  the Greene County Library, or Northside Library to take advantage of the Bestsellers collection.

Here’s how it works:

  • select a book from the special Bestsellers Book Shelf - this contains "High-Demand" titles
  • 7-day loan period, no renewals
  • Bestsellers can be returned to any branch
  • a $.50 per day late fee will apply
  • NO HOLDS are allowed on Bestsellers books.

eBooks for Charlottesville Local Documents

As part of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Charlottesville, JMRL digitized a selection of Charlotttesville and Albemarle local documents. These can be found in the catalog as you search for specific information. There is a complete list here. All the books are in a PDF format.

The Albemarle - Charlottesville Historical Collection

The Albemarle - Charlottesville Historical Collection in the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society building at 200 Second St., NE, contains over 2,000 books and bound periodicals, as well as photographs, manuscripts, maps, pamphlets, newspapers, and vertical files relating to the history of our community.

The Play Collection

The Central Library has a collection of over 400 scripts from Dramatists Play Service and Samuel French, Inc., as well as plays in collections. Everything from Abie’s Irish Rose to The Zulu and the Zayda. These are now catalogued and can be accessed through our online catalog.

Microfilm & Microfiche

Microfilm of the Daily Progress from 1894-present, the New York Times 1940-2007, the Wall Street Journal (1973-2002) and the Washington Post (1973-2003) are held at the Central Library. In addition, back issues of many magazines are accessible on microfiche, including Time (1950-1997), Newsweek (1950-1997) and US News & World Report (1962-1997).

Jazz CD Collection

The Gordon Avenue Library has almost 300 compact discs devoted to jazz music, tracing the history of this art form from its inception to the present day. The collection was initially seeded by a gift from the Carter Beauford Family and enhanced by a grant from the Bama Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band.