Central Library

Entrance to the Central Library
The first known library in downtown Charlottesville was created in 1823 by a group of citizens that included Thomas Jefferson.  — Read more about the branch.

Branch Manager

Address
201 E. Market Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Hours
Using the Branch

Free Parking!
Bring your ticket from the Water Street or Market Street parking garages and have it validated for 3 hours of free parking (the first hour is free to everyone), courtesy of the Friends of JMRL.
Find more information on parking rates and payment options at Charlottesville Parking Information.

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Special Programs at Central

Book Tournament!
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book tournament

Library staff have gathered a list of some of the most popular checkouts of 2023 and we’re putting them head to head in a tournament for the JMRL community to vote on! We will update the bracket every week so be sure to come back and vote to keep your top pick in the running!

Services at Central

3D Printing

Send 3D print files for printing, $0.10 per gram.
3D Scanning

Create a digital model of a 3D object using our 3D scanner
Adult Literacy/ELL Collection

Stories, bilingual dictionaries, language instruction, audiobooks, and DVDs
Audio/Video/Sound Editing

Apple Mac Mini M2 Pro with Adobe Creative Suite
Blood Pressure Monitoring Station

In partnership with the American Heart Association the Blood Pressure Monitor Station helps you to keep tabs on your heart health while at the library.
Button Making

 Perfect for pin buttons, rope ties, key chains, bottle openers, etc
Charging Stations

Charge your devices via usb ports.
Chromebooks

All branches have Chromebooks available to be used in the library.
Computers

Use JMRL computers for job searching, homework or to get online
Conference Rooms

Book a room for 1-4 people
Cooling Station

An air-conditioned or cooled building that has been designated as a site to provide respite and safety during extreme heat.
Digital Media Lab

Services offered for digitizing various media, editing audio/video/photos
Faxing

Faxing is available at $1 for each page, including any cover pages, within the United States.
Flat Bed Scanning

Scanners available in standard 8 1/2" x 11" to large format 11"x17"
Laser Cutting & Engraving

Devices to cut or engrave a wide range of materials (must bring own materials)
Maker Lab

Tools and equipment to create.
Meeting Rooms

Free community meeting spaces
Microfilm & Microfiche

Reader and scanner available to print or email.  Microfilm and microfiche of the Historical Periodicals Collection available
Notary Services

Make an appointment with a notary at any JMRL branch. 
Paper Cutting

Use our Cricut to create detailed paper-cut designs (must bring own materials)
Play Collection

Play scripts at Central Library
Printing and Photocopying

$.10 black and white, $.50 color.  Print from your own device with Wireless Printing.
Proctoring

Make an appointment with a librarian at a JMRL branch for test proctoring
Sewing Machines

Sewing machines are available for use in sewing projects (must bring own materials).
Tutorials

Get computer assistance
Wi-Fi

Use Wi-Fi at all JMRL branches

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