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.

Celebrate CVille PRIDE with JMRL

The community can celebrate CVille PRIDE from anywhere this year by attending JMRL’s virtual film discussion about an award-winning documentary.

On Thursday, September 17 at 7pm, the “Celebrate LGBTQ PRIDE” event will focus on “The Lavender Scare” (Not Rated, 2017, 77min).

Narrated by Glenn Close, this is the first film to tell the little-known story of an unrelenting mid-20th century campaign by the federal government to identify and fire all employees suspected of being homosexual. This gripping work details the untold story of a brutal witch hunt, and the courageous few who fought back.

This community discussion will be moderated by Gary Nimax, Chair of UVA’s LGBT Committee for faculty and staff.

“In 2020, we were pleased to see the passage of the Virginia Values Act and recent Supreme Court ruling that finally provide some employment protections to the LGBTQ community,” Nimax said.

“Prior to these milestone legal actions, not only could members of our community be fired simply for who they are, we sometimes were proactively targeted for outing and termination.”

“While we celebrate recent progress, it is critical that we understand the long path that led to this moment. This film provides an important look into our history.”

For more details, registration, and how to access the documentary, visit http://www.jmrl.org or call 434.973.7893 x3.

While CVille PRIDE celebrations are virtual this year, you can still access online PRIDE and other programs by visiting http://cvillepride.org/pride-events/

JMRL to offer UVA Library materials

As libraries in Central Virginia continue to adjust their services based on ever-changing health regulations, JMRL and UVA Libraries have revised existing interlibrary loan services (ILL) in order to provide increased access to materials.

This service will make the University’s circulating collections available to the community through JMRL while UVA Libraries remain closed to the public.

JMRL’s Library Director, David Plunkett, said the partnership will be a positive addition to the resources already being provided to patrons.

“JMRL is thrilled to be able to partner with UVA libraries to make so many great resources available to the people of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Louisa and Nelson, especially now when access to information is more important than ever,” Plunkett said.

Carmelita Pickett, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources & Content Strategy, said, “UVA Libraries values and supports the role of public universities. This partnership represents an exciting opportunity to further public access to research collections.”

“We value this partnership and the waived fees ensures equitable access to community members experiencing financial hardships,” she said.

For this service, only materials from UVA Libraries will be available, patrons can request that UVA materials be picked up at any JMRL branch, and JMRL’s $3 fee will be waived during the Library’s COVID-19 response period.

“A special thank you to JMRL and library personnel from UVA Libraries Access Services and Collections for making sure this partnership moved from an idea into a service,” Pickett said.

To make an interlibrary loan request, call the Library on 434.979.7151 x4, email ill@jmrl.org, or visit jmrl.org/ill