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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ARLS Policies Collection Development Public Services Policy Privacy Copyright 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 image, likeness, name, voice, comment, or...

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Board of Trustees

Board of Trustee Meetings are on the third Tuesday and begin at 1:00 PM. Scheduled meetings are as follows: All Board of Trustees meetings are open to the public. If you are a member of the public and are interested in attending a meeting please email ncoleman@arls.org or call (804) 458-6329 x2004 for more information. The Board of Trustees can...

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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 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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Current Openings: We currently 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

2021 Holiday Calendar 1-Jan New Year’s Day Library Closed 18-Jan Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Library Closed 15-Feb President’s Day Library Closed 31-May Memorial Day Library Closed 18-Jun Juneteenth (Observed) Library Closed 19-Jun Juneteenth Library Closed 5-Jul Independence Day (Observed) Library Closed 6-Sep Labor Day Library Closed 11-Oct Indigeneous Peoples' Day/Columbus Day/Yorktown Victory Day Library Closed 2-Nov Election 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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