Northside Library

Northside LibraryHours:
Monday - Thursday: 10 - 9pm*
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: Paintings by Janet Pearlman

Feeling Joy
Into the Light
Pink Evolving

In the Quiet Room: Photographs by John Barker.
February 11 - March 23

Art. Northside


Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2 or 3pm 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 434.973.7893 ext. 4 to sign up for a half-hour tutorial. more info

AARP Tax Aide Poster

AARP Foundation Tax Aide at Northside Library - 705 Rio Road West

  • Appointments and Walk-ins
  • Appointments made on-site during Tax-Aide hours (library staff cannot schedule appointments

2019 Schedule

February 4 - April 15

Monday: 1:00pm - 4:30pm, Tuesday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Wednesday: 11:00am - 6:00pm, Thursday 11:00am - 2:30pm

Programs at Northside

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 56 hours a week and offers a collection of about 100,000 items.