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Richmond Public Libraries will close at NOON on Wednesday, November 22 and remain closed through Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.  On Saturday, libraries will be open from 10 am to 5 pm.

Book & Author Party @ Main

Book fans of all ages attended the annual Young Adult Virginia Authors (YAVA) Celebration with munchies, giveaways, a Biblio-trivia game, time to chat with authors, got books signed, and moved to the beat of the Richmond Community High School Jazz Band.  New this year; the Richmond Public Library Foundation is partnering with the Library of […]

September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

Library cards are FREE and libraries have lots to offer you and your family.  You will find books, eBooks, DVDs, databases, computers, programs for all ages, and much more!  Stop by your neighborhood library or visit us 24/7 online. Fine Forgiveness and Feedmore:  Donate unexpired, non-perishable food items for Feedmore’s Central Virginia Food Bank during […]

West End Library Reopens August 23!

Richmond Public Library is pleased to invite the entire community to a Ribbon Cutting at the West End Library, 5420 Patterson Avenue, on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm. Join us as we hear from the Mayor of Richmond, Levar M. Stoney; City Councilman, Andreas D. Addison; Chair of the Library Board of Trustees, […]


RPL Summer Reading Program Ends August 12!  Our 2017 Summer Reading Program is ending this week but you still have time to complete your reading log and get a prize.  Plus… you’ll get a chance to win your branch library grand prize!  Just turn in your log and fill out a raffle coupon! Read more […]


All Richmond Public Libraries will be closed on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4th for Independence Day.  The Broad Rock Library will also be closed on Sunday, July 2nd.  The West End Library is closed for renovation.

Saturday, June 24th – 2nd Annual RVA Indie Urban Lit Fest

Writers and Readers rejoice! We are hosting our 2nd annual celebration of Richmond’s independent authors. Meet and greet with more than 40 authors; find the latest, greatest locally grown urban fiction, poetry, motivational writing and memoirs; enjoy readings and discussions; and find out how to “make it” as a self-published author with a full day […]


Exciting Summer Adventures are Happening in July!  Our 2017 Summer Reading Program continues with storytimes, events, crafts and more at your neighborhood library.  Prizes for those who complete their reading logs.  Sign up, read, attend, win- it’s all FREE and fun for all ages! Read more here:

Voting Begins for the 2017 YAVA Award

Read Young Adult Virginia Authors and Vote for your Favorite BOOK! During the month of May readers will choose their favorite from books for Middle and High School readers published by Virginia authors in 2016.  The three books that receive the most popular votes will go to a panel of judges who will decide the final winner.  The winner will be honored […]

RPL Celebrated National Library Week, Take a Look!

Family-friendly events were held at library branches throughout the week including magic by the Amazing Mr. B, visits by Mayor Levar M. Stoney and opportunities to tell us how libraries have made a difference. Library Director Scott Firestine and Mayor Stoney kicked-off National Library Week at Broad Rock Library on Sunday, April 9th.  Candidates for […]