VISION: A community that is enlightened, empowered, and enriched.

MISSION: The Appomattox Regional Library System fosters lifelong learning; provides open access to information, entertainment, and technology; cultivates the exchange of ideas; inspires personal growth, and encourages community engagement and gathering.

About Our Library System

The name was chosen because the Appomattox River flows through each of the three localities that we serve. Library service began in 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 the 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 previous State Planters Bank Building on West Poythress Street. 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 System.

The Appomattox Regional Library System (ARLS) operates eight library locations, four in Prince George County, three in Dinwiddie County, and one in the City of Hopewell:

Prince George County - Burrowsville Library, Disputanta Library, Carson Depot
Library, and Prince George Library
Dinwiddie County - Dinwiddie Library, McKenney Library, and Rohoic Library
Hopewell - The Maude Langhorne Nelson Library

COVID-19 Updates

ARLS COVID-19 UPDATES July 6, 2021 All locations are currently open and no appointment is needed. To find out what hours your library is open please visit¬†Locations & Hours. Masks are encouraged, especially for unvaccinated customers. Curbside service will continue for hold pick-up.  

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Monthly Newsletter


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ARLS Policies Collection Development Public Services Policy Privacy Copyright ARLS Long Range Plan - FY2022-2025 ALA Statements and Policies Library Bill of Rights Intellectual Freedom 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...

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Board of Trustees

We Need You! Volunteers for ARLS Board of Trustees Needed! The governance of the library system lies in the hands of a dedicated Board of Trustees. The Library Board of Trustees assumes the responsibility of adopting essential policies required for the smooth operation of the regional library system, ensuring its continued success in serving and enriching the community it proudly...

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Staff Directory

ARLS Staff Directory Regional Library Director: Brian Manning, bmanning@arls.org, (804) 458-6329 x2005 Assistant Director: Chris Wiegard, cwiegard@arls.org, (804) 458-6329 x1007 Digital Services Librarian: Alex King, aking@arls.org,  (804) 458-6329 x2020 Adult Services Librarian: Elizabeth Trop, etrop@arls.org, (804) 458-6329 x2021 Adult Services Librarian: Catherine Field, cfield@arls.org, (804) 458-6329 x1008 Youth Services Manager: Sarah Finch, sfinch@arls.org, (804) 458-6329 x1019 Material Services Manager: Carol...

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Closing Schedule

Our Public Services Policy Section 15.2 Holiday Closings states: The Appomattox Regional Library System will be closed on the Holiday Closing Schedule adopted annually by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the three jurisdictions the library serves. If any local jurisdiction varies its holiday closing schedule from the schedule adopted by the Commonwealth, the library will follow the schedule adopted by...

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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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