Nelson Memorial Library is expanding!   As a fundraising group our goal is to raise $500,000.00 for computers, media accessories, and additional books for our collection.  In order to accomplish that goal, grants are being written and donations are being accepted.  So far we have raised over $160,000.00.

Don’t forget that we have a “Challenge” grant from The Perry Foundation. We need to raise $150,000.00 (in addition to our $160,000.00) in order to receive $100,000.00 from them.

8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston, Virginia

Last Box of Books

After nine pallets and six days of unpacking we have finished unpacking 8,000 new books for Nelson Memorial Library. Now it’s time to organize. We have some wonderful books waiting here for you!

Almost Ready

New Furniture in the Children’s Space
Reference Room – Almost complete.
New drop box.
Remodeled passageway – this was the old kitchen.
Looking from the Children’s Area to the Circulation Desk
Remodeled Entrance

Show and Tell

The Opening Day Book Collection has arrived.
Inside the new circulation desk (facing the Genealogy / Reference Room).
Inside the new circulation desk (facing the new part of the library).
It’s a long building!
Inside the new Genealogy Room.
New Book Drop.
Outside the new circulation desk. The countertops were donated by Alberene Soapstone.
The new exit from the meeting room.
Our hallway is wider.
New family restroom.
New books!!!!!!!!!

Construction Continues

Siding with New Exterior Paint.
New Windows.
Boxes of Furniture and New Shelving (new carpet).
Before Staff Work Space.
After Space for Family Restroom.

While most of us are safely tucked away at home, construction continues at the library. There has been lots of demolition and new construction. All the furniture has arrived and is being set up. New shelving has been installed and books are being un-boxed and shelved. The parking lot has been completed with new parking lines painted on it. Out new circulation desk will arrive next week for installation.

Our Grow Nelson Library fundraising is on hold for the moment until things return to a new normal.

Buy a Brick for our Memorial Garden Walk

A beautiful brick memorial walk will be a lovely addition to our pollinator garden. This walk and garden will be installed on the northwest side of the new library addition.  We hope that the community will take part in the building of this memorial walk by purchasing a brick in honor of or in memory of a cherished loved one. All proceeds from the project will go towards the purchase of additional books, AV equipment, and computers.

You can visit the following website for further information:

Moving Time

We will be closed from February 29th through March 15th. When we reopen on Monday, March 16th we will have a Pop-Up library in the center part of the building. You will not be able to use the main door of the library or the space in the current library. The temporary entrance will be to the left of the main door, up the sidewalk, and then to your right.
Our Pop-Up library will have limited services and space. Here is what will be available to you:
1. New and Bestseller Books for Adult, Young Adults, and Children.
2. DVDs
3. Books on CD
4. Current Newspapers and Magazines
5. Holds from other locations
6. Copy and Fax Machine and Wifi Printing
7. We have a limited number of Chromebooks to checkout with your library card for use in the library. You will have the same amount of time to use on these computers as you would on our regular desktops which is 30 minutes. (These Chromebooks do not have any software, and can only be used to access the web.)
We will not have access to our library collection, reference materials, or Nelson County Historical Society materials. You will still be able to put “holds” on items that you need or want from one of our other libraries and have them sent here to Nelson.
We hope that we will be able to accommodate the majority of your library needs until we are able to make a final move into our new space this summer.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.