Richard S. Gillis, Jr. Library

The Richard S. Gillis, Jr. Library is located right on the railroad tracks in historic Ashland, Virginia.  Also known as the Ashland Branch Library, it joined the Pamunkey Regional Library in 1975.  The current home of the Ashland Library opened its doors in 1997, bearing the name of long-time library advocate and Board of Trustees Member, Richard S. Gillis, Jr.

201 S. Railroad Avenue
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 798-4072
Monday through Thursday - 10am to 9pm
Friday and Saturday - 10am to 6pm
Ashland Library Website

The Library on the Tracks


About Us

The Ashland Friends of the Library is a nonprofit, community-based support group for the Richard S. Gillis Jr. Library, a Branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library. The Advisory Board meets quarterly, and the membership meets annually. The Friends group supports library programs and community events, and purchases items needed by the library. For more details, read about our history and  our contributions to the Ashland Library.

Our Contributions

The Advisory Board of the Friends of the Library works with the Ashland and Pamunkey Regional Library staff to determine library needs that cannot be funded under the current budget. Past contributions include special programs for children, teens and adults, new shelving and chairs.  We also contributed major funding to renovate the multipurpose room, entry hallway and bathrooms.

Help Us Grow

There are Many Ways you can support the Friends of the Library, and in turn, Support the wonderful services and resources of the Richard S. Gillis, Jr. Library.

Please use our Contact Us form if you are interested in participating or have a suggestion. See our Membership page for information about joining the Friends of the Ashland Library.

  • Become a Member
  • Join Our Advisory Board
  • Suggest a Program or Speaker
  • Donate to Special Causes

News and Events

Friends of the Richard S. Gillis, Jr. (Ashland) Library


Thurs., Oct. 23, 2014
6:30 – 7:00 pm
Multipurpose room of the Ashland Library

The Friends of the Richard S. Gillis, Jr. (Ashland ) Library holds an Annual General Membership Meeting each year in the Multipurpose Room of the Ashland Library. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct appropriate business as required by the By-Laws of the organization, such as the election of new officers, and to update the general membership on current projects. All are welcome to attend. Only current Members of the Friends of the Ashland Library organization are eligible to vote.

Join your neighbors for a celebration of Ashland’s railroad heritage!  Train Day 2014 will be on November 1. The Friends will be offering free cookies and cider from our booth near the rear door of the Ashland Library. Stop by and say hello!

Visit the Train Day web site, the Train Day Facebook page and watch local newspapers for announcements about the upcoming Train Day events.