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Mission Statement

The Appomattox Regional Library System will provide services and programs to the communities it serves through support of life-long learning, general information, and the exchange of ideas with effective use of traditional library resources and emerging technology.

About Our Library System

Library service began in the Hopewell – Prince George area in 1930 when Thomas B. Robertson established a Library Association for persons interested in forming a library. In 1931, the city formally took over operation of the library, with Mrs. Maude Langhorne Nelson as its first librarian. The John Randolph Library, as it was then known, was located in the State Planters Bank Building (now the United Virginia Bank). In 1957, the library was moved to the annex of the Municipal Building and the name was changed to honor the first librarian, Maude Langhorne Nelson.

In 1974, Prince George and Dinwiddie Counties joined the City of Hopewell to form the Appomattox Regional Library. The name of our library was chosen because the Appomattox River runs through each of the three localities which we serve.


Strategic Plan 2010-2015
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Board of Trustees

  ARLS Board of Trustees The Library Board of Trustees is the governing body of the library system responsible for adopting policies necessary for the operation of the regional library system. There are nine volunteer trustees appointed by the respective City Council or Boards of Supervisors. Three trustees are appointed from Hopewell and three each …

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Staff Directory

Regional Library Director Scott R. Firestine (804) 458-6329 x2501 Headquarters Deputy Director   Branch Deputy Director Chandra McPherson (804) 458-6329 x2014 Administrative Services Director Melissa Lawrence (804) 458-6329 x2004 Volunteer Coordinator Jan Rowley (804) 458-6329 x2001 Local Historian  Jeanie Langford (804) 458-6329 x2008 Smart Beginnings Coalition Coordinator Katie Sloan …

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The APPOMATTOX REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM currently has no openings.  

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Closing Schedule

Library Closing Schedule The following holidays are observed by the library system: New Year’s Day January 1 Library Closed Lee-Jackson Day Friday before 3rd Monday in January Library Open M.L. King Day 3rd Monday in January Library Closed Presidents’ Day Third Monday in February Library Closed Memorial Day Last Monday in May Library Closed Independence …

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Beacon Theatre Renovation

Public information regarding current renovation of the historic Beacon Theatre located at 401 North Main Street, Hopewell, VA. For rental information, please visit the Beacon Theatre location page. Beacon Committee Roster 7-2012 Minutes Beacon Committee Meeting Minutes 8-16-12 Beacon Committee Meeting Minutes 7-19-12 Beacon Committee Meeting Minutes 5-17-2012 Beacon Committee Meeting Minutes 2-16-2012 Beacon Committee …

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Contact Us

Telephone: (804) 458-6329 Email: Mail: 209 E Cawson St, Hopewell, VA 23860

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