Northside Library in Albemarle County Credit: Credit: Jefferson-Maison Regional Library


Contact: John Halliday,, 434.979.7151×206

National Recognition for Northside Library

The Northside branch of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library has been selected by the American Library Association as one of twenty-six “shining examples of innovative architecture that address user needs in unique, interesting, and effective ways.” 

The library is featured in the fall issue of AMERICAN LIBRARIES, the magazine of the American Library Association. The library, funded by Albemarle County, opened in March and has experienced double-digit increases in visitors and book circulation. 

Library Director John Halliday said, “Our local residents should feel proud their library was selected as one of the best in the nation.” The library occupies what was the Phillips Supply Building on West Rio Road.


Northside Library, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, Virginia
HBM Architects transformed a steel structure built in 1988 that once served as a building supply store into the Northside Library. Warm colors and bright accents disguise the space’s former use, and new skylights and a glass wall bring natural light and transparency to the facility.
Project: Adaptive reuse
Architect: HBM Architects
Size: 36,500 square feet
Cost: $11.8 million

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