Scottsville Library

Scottsville LibraryScottsville Library is now in Tier 2 (2022) of the COVID-19 Response Plan.
Hours of Service are:
Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday: 1pm - 9pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Phone: 434-286-3541
Fax: 434-286-4744
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Tier 2 (2022) Service at Scottsville Library

Patrons should be aware of the following:

  • Masks are required for all patrons ages 2 and up
  • Hours are at full service levels at all locations
  • Individual branches and departments may have capacity limits
  • Meeting rooms are available
  • Notaries and a host of other services are available
  • Patrons are encouraged to limit visits to two hours
  • Late fines return
  • For outside pick-up accommodations, please contact/call the branch


Do you live in Buckingham or Fluvanna County but have a Scottsville address? You can still get a library card! Just show us a photo ID and a document with your Scottsville mailing address on it. If your ID has your address, then that's all you need. Though you're technically out of area for JMRL, the Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will provide a one-year scholarship to cover the out of area fee for you. The scholarship will renew each year that the Friends continue the program, which began in 2015. We hope to see you at the Scottsville 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 to arrange a Zoom tutorial with a JMRL Librarian (up to 45 minutes).

Activities at Scottsville

Celebrate the Pumpkin

Starting Friday, Oct 22, bring a decorated pumpkin from home anytime all week to add to the parade of pumpkins along our walkway. When you leave a pumpkin, you can choose a yummy treat! We will have a limited number of pumpkins available for decorating throughout the week that you can pick up at the front desk.

Programs at Scottsville

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.

History of Scottsville Library

It Began With a Party

The dream of a library in Scottsville reaches back to the turn of the twentieth century. On June 19, 1902, a 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 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, Kathleen Burns, Megan England, and now Anne Lindberg. The Scottsville Library, now open 52 hours a week with a staff of six, boasts a collection of more than 22,000 items and a circulation of approximately 7,000 items a month.