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

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 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

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 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

“Then there was the shame of the writer who doesn’t write.”

Books on Tap met virtually to discuss The Receptionist: And Education at the New Yorker by Janet Groth. As a 19 year old, Groth used her connections to get a job as a receptionist at the New Yorker and stayed in the same position for twenty years, while pursuing a PhD after hours. We were excited to get a snapshot of New York City in the 1960s and 70s and a behind-the-scenes look at the famous names who wrote for the magazine.  Continue reading

JMRL extends curbside services hours

To better serve the Albemarle, Charlottesville, Greene, Louisa and Nelson communities, JMRL will be extending curbside service hours at all eight local public libraries.

The below hours will now be offered starting Monday, August 10:

Monday: 1pm-7pm at all branch locations

Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-4pm at Central Library, Crozet Library, Gordon Avenue Library, Northside Library, Nelson Memorial and Louisa County

Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-2pm at Scottsville Library and Greene County Library

Sunday: All branch locations closed

The Bookmobile will continue contactless service to assisted living facilities, but will not be making regularly scheduled stops.

Since the beginning of curbside services in June, patrons have been busy visiting branches to pick up their library materials.

In July alone, almost 60,000 items were checked out with about a fourth of those check-outs coming from Northside Library.

JMRL Director David Plunkett said, “Library staff are working very hard to provide curbside and drive-up service, and are thrilled to be able to expand that service.”

“All returned items are quarantined for 72 hours before being put back into circulation, for the safety of staff and the public.”

“Demand for library materials has been high, which just goes to show how much this community loves reading and learning.”

JMRL’s online resources have been a popular option during curbside services, with almost 34,000 eBook downloads last month, a 50% increase compared to July 2019.

For more information about curbside services or online resources, please visit

Remembering the Hiroshima & Nagasaki Bombings 75 Years Later


The Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

This week marks 75 years since the United States Army Air Forces dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during WWII. The bombs of August 6th and 9th, 1945 impacted the lives of the residents of both cities long after impact.

The following resources consist of the stories of survivors and histories written based on interviews with survivors.


Letters From the End of the World : a Firsthand Account of the Bombing of Hiroshima

A love story in the form of letters to the author’s young wife, who died soon after the bombing of Hiroshima.   More than fifty years after the Second World War, the scars left by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima refuse to heal. This compelling account of one man’s experience gives a human face to the events of August 6, 1945.   For a week after the bombing, the author, who was an assistant professor at Hiroshima University, wandered the decimated streets of the city, searching for his wife and his youngest son. He finally located them, but his wife died just days later. Grief-stricken, the author wrote her a series of letters over the next year outlining the things he had seen and heard during her last days on earth. In 1948, the letters became the first eyewitness account of an atomic bombing ever published.   This powerful record shows how one family’s future was altered in an instant. Comprised of correspondence, diary entries and drawings, Letters from the End of the World presents the events surrounding the close of World War II in terms so personal they will not soon be forgotten.

Nagasaki : Life After Nuclear War

This book is a powerful and unflinching account of the enduring impact of nuclear war, told through the stories of those who survived. On August 9, 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, a small port city on Japan’s southernmost island. An estimated 74,000 people died within the first five months, and another 75,000 were injured. Published on the seventieth anniversary of the bombing, Nagasaki takes readers from the morning of the bombing to the city today, telling the first-hand experiences of five survivors, all of whom were teenagers at the time of the devastation. Susan Southard has spent years interviewing hibakusha (“bomb-affected people”) and researching the physical, emotional, and social challenges of post-atomic life. She weaves together dramatic eyewitness accounts with searing analysis of the policies of censorship and denial that colored much of what was reported about the bombing both in the United States and Japan. A gripping narrative of human resilience, Nagasaki will help shape public discussion and debate over one of the most controversial wartime acts in history.

Sachiko : a Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story

This striking work of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui’s survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945, and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. Having conducted extensive interviews with Sachiko Yasui, Caren Stelson chronicles Sachiko’s trauma and loss as well as her long journey to find peace. This book offers readers a remarkable new perspective on the final moments of World War II and their aftermath.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki : the real story of the atomic bombings and their aftermath

A comprehensive history drawn from eyewitness accounts challenges the belief that the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought the war in the Pacific to an end, arguing that the bombings were unnecessary to the war’s outcome, especially because they cost tens of thousands of human lives.


Time: After the Bomb

Survivors of the atomic blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki share their stories. With photographs by Haruka Sakaguchi and an introduction by Lily Rothman