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


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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

Board of Trustee Meetings are on the third Tuesday and begin at 1:00 pm. Scheduled meetings follow.   November 2022- No Meeting  December 13, 2022- Hopewell Library January 17, 2023- Cason Library Feb 21, 2023- Prince George Library March 21, 2023- Disputanta Library April 18, 2023 - Dinwiddie Library May 16, 2023- Burrowsville Library June 20, 2023- Hopewell Library All...

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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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Current Openings:  POSITION TITLE: Library Associate I CLASSIFICATION: LA I FLSA DESIGNATION: Non-Exempt Job Type: Part Time - Approximately 20 hours per week with a rotating Saturday Salary: $12.14/hr. Please visit www.arls.org to apply. Position close date: open until filled. I. POSITION SUMMARY JOB OBJECTIVE: Working under the general supervision of the Branch Services Manager, the Library Associate I assists...

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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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