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.


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COVID-19 UPDATES Update 07.02.2020  ARLS will begin to reopen branch locations starting with the Hopewell Library with modified hours and safety protocols. Additional locations will be opened as appropriate safety measures are in place. Hopewell's hours will be from 9 am to 7 pm Monday through Thursday and  9 am to 5 pm Friday and Saturday. Staff will be taking...

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ARLS Policies Collection Development Public Services Policy Privacy Copyright ALA Statements and Policies Library Bill of Rights Intellectual Freedom statement Freedom to Read Photo/Video Release Statement: By attending ARLS, or ARLS co-sponsored classes or events, at any location, the attendee agrees that: ARLS shall have the unrestricted right and license to use his or her image, likeness, name, voice, comment,...

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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 from Prince George and Dinwiddie. Trustees serve four-year terms, with...

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Staff Directory

Regional Library Director Brian Manning bmanning@arls.org (804) 458-6329 x2501 Assistant Director Chris Wiegard cwiegard@arls.org (804) 458-6329 x1007 Branch Operations Manager Ginger Mauler gmauler@arls.org (804) 458-6329 x 2014 Administrative and Personnel Services Manager Nicole Coleman ncoleman@arls.org (804) 458-6329 x2004 Volunteer Coordinator Megan Kitchen mkitchen@arls.org (804) 458-6329 x2001 Local Historian  Jeanie Langford jlangford@arls.org (804) 458-6329 x2008 Digital Services Librarian Anne Rappe-Epperson arappe-epperson@arls.org (804) 458-6329...

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APPOMATTOX REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM We do not have any openings at this time. Any questions please email jobs@arls.org or call 804-458-6329 ext. 2004    

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Closing Schedule

2020 Holiday Calendar January 1 New Year’s Day Library Closed January 17 Lee-Jackson Day Library Open January 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Library Closed February 17 President’s Day Library Closed May 25 Memorial Day Library Closed June 19 Juneteenth Library Closed July 3 Independence Day (Observed) Library Closed July 4 Independence Day Library Closed September 7 Labor Day Library...

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Contact Us

Telephone: (804) 458-6329 Email: admin@arls.org Mail: 209 E Cawson St, Hopewell, VA 23860

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