Louisa County Library

Louisa LibraryLousia County Library is now in Tier 1 of the COVID-19 Response Plan.
Hours of Service are:
Monday - Tuesday: 10am - 7pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Phone: 540.894.5853
Fax: 540.894.9810
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Tier 1 Service at Louisa County Library

Patrons should be aware of the following:

  • Masks are requested, not required for all patrons ages 2 and up. If worn, masks must cover the nose and mouth snugly. Bandana masks are not allowed.
  • Branches are back to pre-pandemic schedules
  • Meeting rooms are available
  • Notaries and a host of other services are available
  • Late fines return
  • Capacity limits will be removed along with any restrictions on public computer usage
  • For outside pick-up accommodations, please contact/call the branch

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

Virtual Tech Tutorials

Need help with your device or downloading ebooks and audiobooks to your phone or tablet? Looking for assistance organizing photos, or just have general questions about using your device? Contact Chris at csmith@jmrl.org to arrange a Zoom tutorial with a JMRL Librarian (up to 45 minutes).

Happy Presidents' Day!

Amanda Gorman reads inauguration poem, 'The Hill We Climb'

Programs at Louisa

Looking for more programs? Check the Programs Calendar to see everything available to you.

Find previous programs and virtual storytimes on the JMRL YouTube Channel.

Local Artists on Display

The Italo Scanga Foundation, a nonprofit trust that promotes the visual arts, has funded a permanent exhibit of original art by local artists. Paintings, sculpture, mosaics, quilts and photography are among the media to be displayed. Here is a sampling:
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Photographer: Richard Hinde
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Artist: Janice Breeden

History of Louisa Library

A Branch in a Former Barber Shop

Original Louisa Library
Original Louisa Library

An early attempt to establish a library in Louisa County took place in 1953,when the Virginia State Library delivered books with a van. In 1971, 50 people turned out for a meeting with Raymond Williams, the Director of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. From this event, a campaign was launched to create a branch in Louisa.

 

Within a year, the dream became reality. The Louisa County Branch Library opened on November 27, 1972, in a former barber shop on Main Street. This 440-square-foot space was rented by the county for $100 a month and was open 22 hours a week with two part-time staff. During the early years an occasional story hour was held in local churches. During the last year in the building, story hours and other children's programs were held in the branch, but due to severe space limitations the library was closed to the public. The library remained in those cramped quarters until October 1979.

More Room for Growth

Former Girl Scout house becomes Louisa Library
Former Girl Scout house becomes Louisa Library

In 1979, Louisa County purchased the charming Girl Scout house on West Street, a 2,252-square-foot building with a 305 square-foot meeting room. This location of the library, was open to the public 48 hours per week and had a staff that included a Branch Manager, 3 full-time and 2 part-time staff. The collection grew from 714 volumes to nearly 30,000 volumes with an annual circulation of over 116,000 items.

 

In 1987, the Louisa County Board of Supervisors created a Library Advisory Board with representatives from each voting district. In October 1988, this Board encouraged the County Supervisors to establish a Library Foundation for the purpose of acquiring a library site and constructing a larger, more modern library building.

A Wonderful New Home

New Louisa Library
New Louisa Library

More than ten years of working, planning and fund-raising resulted in a plan for construction of a new 15,000 square-foot library to be located adjacent to Louisa County Middle and High schools. Plans for the new branch included significantly larger collections, computers with Internet access, a historical and genealogical collection room, a large meeting room, space for tutoring and a law collection.

 

Ground was broken for the new Louisa Library in March 1999, and, on December 12, 1999, the branch was dedicated. Staff and community greeted the opening of the new building and with it, expanded services to the citizens of Louisa County.

 

The Library in the 21st Century

The library has many features of a modern 21st century library with public computers, printers, wireless internet, self checkout, and audiobooks and eBooks to download. The building survived the August 2011 earthquake with little damage, and the staff was able to provide assistance to the Louisa County Schools that sustained extreme damage. Today six school computers remain in the library to give students access to homework assignments.

 

As of 2013, the library houses 60,000 items that include books, books on CD, and DVDs for all ages. A staff of three full time and three part-time employees serve the community with internet tutorials, family film programs, adult and teen book discussion groups, and a wide range of programs for children.