COVID-19 Response & Available Online Resources

*UPDATE* Tuesday, June 16 at 10am

Following the Governor of Virginia’s phase one guidelines, JMRL moved into Tier 4 of their COVID-19 response on Tuesday, May 26.

All JMRL branches (including Nelson Memorial Library) are open with contactless curbside pick-up only option for library holds from Tuesdays-Saturdays between 10am and 2pm.


JMRL is currently observing Tier 4 of the COVID-19 response (limited services and operations) as of 10am on Tuesday, May 26.

Library systems across Virginia have taken the unprecedented step to close for several weeks and JMRL has chosen to follow suit to prevent gatherings of people and the potential spread of infection.

If you need assistance, chat, email, text, or call JMRL using Ask a Librarian. You can still request personalized reading recommendations through What Do I Read Next?

During this time, patrons are encouraged to use the variety of eResources available on jmrl.org/on-download.htm.

This includes digital access to resources, such as books, magazines and movies, through the use of providers like Overdrive/Libby, RBdigital, Freading, Kanopy, and more.

Look for New Downloadable EBooks and New Downloadable Audiobooks.

Is your card expired? Contact reference@jmrl.org with your name and birthdate and we can renew it the same day.

Don’t have a JMRL library card? Sign up online for a temporary elibrary card!

To sign up for this card, please visit https://jmrl.org/librarycard.

If a patron already has a JMRL library card, they do not need to sign up for a temporary elibrary card.

For more information and to keep updated with future changes, visit jmrl.org/covid19.html and follow JMRL on social media.

If you are in the Charlottesville area and seeking aid or a place to offer aid, visit Support Cville.

For the list of digital resources previously listed in the post, please visit this page.

Saty Safe curbside services

The Story of US Immigration – Memoirs for Adults

Welcoming Week (September 12-20,2020) is a time for us to “affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.” Find related JMRL programs here. Check out this selection of  memoirs to learn more about the story of immigration in the United States. All descriptions from the catalog.

 Muslim Girl, A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
Describes the author’s adolescence as a Muslim girl in post-9/11 America, including how she dealt with Islamophobia, how she created a website that became a cultural phenomenon, and how she feels about America’s political climate.

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided  and  En el País que Amamos : Mi Familia Dividida by Diane Guerrero
The author and actress discusses her life in America as an undocumented immigrant, specifically the day when she was fourteen-years-old and her parents were detained and deported while she was at school.

 Barefoot Heart by Elva Treviño Hart
Barefoot Heart is a vividly told autobiographical account of the life of a child growing up in a family of migrant farm workers. It brings to life the day-to-day existence of people facing the obstacles of working in the fields and raising a family in an environment that is frequently hostile to those who have little education and speak another language. 

Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
With beauty, grace, and honesty, Castillo recounts his and his family’s encounters with a system that treats them as criminals for seeking safe, ordinary lives. He writes of the Sunday afternoon when he opened the door to an ICE officer who had one hand on his holster, of the hours he spent making a fake social security card so that he could work to support his family, of his fathers deportation and the decade that he spent waiting to return to his wife and children only to be denied reentry.

 How to Be a Muslim by Haroon Moghul
A young Muslim leader shares his quest to forge a unique American Muslim identity that reflected his beliefs and personality in a post-9/11 world where he, in a society that fears Muslims, struggled with his faith and searching for intellectual forebears, as well as suffered with the onset of bipolar disorder. 

JMRL’s Tier 3 services and updated hours

As JMRL continues to work with local health authorities and provide important services to the community, the Library has announced its plans to move into Tier 3 limited in-branch appointment services for some branches and to extend curbside services at other locations.

Library Director, David Plunkett, said the changes to each branch reflect careful consideration of current COVID-19 data, consultation with local government partners, and also the needs of the individual communities.

“JMRL has worked hard to be able to re-open some doors, and is looking forward to the opportunity to serve the people of Greene, Louisa, and Nelson inside library buildings again. The Library knows that the people in these communities need access to the resources in their local libraries, and are glad to be able to offer these again on a limited and safe basis,” Plunkett said.

Tier 3 services will include limited in-person appointment services for up to 45 minutes for five individuals at a time. Appointments will be offered at the Greene, Louisa, and Nelson branches starting Monday, September 21.

It’s important to note that curbside and appointment services will not always both be available at the same time and patrons should contact their local branch with any questions.

Tier 3 branch information:

Louisa County Library:
Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm.
Both appointment and curbside services available during open hours, except Saturdays, which will be curbside only.

Greene County Library:
Monday, 1pm-7pm
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday: appointment service only. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: curbside pickup only.

Nelson Memorial Library:
Monday, 1pm-7pm
Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Appointment and curbside services available during open hours, except Friday, which will be curbside only.

To make an in-person appointment at the Louisa, Greene or Nelson branches, please call:

Louisa County Library: 540.894.5853
Greene County Library: 434.985.5227
Nelson Memorial Library: 434.263.5904

Northside Library and Crozet Library will be adding additional Tier 4 curbside and drive-through service hours beginning Monday, September 28.

Updated hours information:

Northside Library:
Monday, 1pm-7pm
Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-7pm
Friday and Saturday, 10am-4pm

Crozet Library:
Monday, 1pm-7pm
Tuesday, 10am-4pm
Wednesday, 10am-7pm
Thursday-Saturday, 10am-4pm

Central Library, Gordon Avenue Library and Scottsville Library have no changes currently scheduled to their opening hours and will continue to offer Tier 4 curbside services.

For more information about JMRL’s COVID-19 Response, visit jmrl.org.

The Story of US Immigration – Non-Fiction for Adults

Welcoming Week (September 12-20,2020) is a time for us to “affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.” Find related JMRL programs here. Check out this selection of non-fiction for adults to learn more about the story of immigration in the United States. All descriptions from the catalog. Continue reading