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

Library

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

Check the Library’s events page, our calendar or our Facebook page for Upcoming Events at the Ashland Library. Below are a few listings we think will be of particular interest to Friends of the Ashland Library Members. For more information on any of these events or programs, please call the Library at 804-798-4072.


Must Love Words
Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Writers, are you looking for inspiration? Need readers with a discerning eye? Join us for constructive feedback and discussion about the craft of writing on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning Sept. 8.


Breakfast Storytime
Saturday, September 12, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Ages 0-10 (with their families). Join us in your PJs for a special Saturday morning Storytime! Breakfast pastries and beverages provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.


Genealogy Class
Monday, September 14, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Learn how to search for information to build your family tree using Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest. (Basic computer experience is preferred.) You must call 804-798-4072 or visit the library to sign up for this class.


A Night with the Ashland Museum
Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
You won’t see Teddy Roosevelt, but there are treasures untold in the Ashland Museum, linking our past to our present and preserving it for the future. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.


Computer Basics Class
Monday, September 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Covers beginning computer skills like finding out about the parts of a computer, learning how to use a mouse, beginning to explore & search the Internet, and how to create and save documents with Microsoft Word 2010. Call 804-798-4072 or visit the library to sign up for this class.


Quick ‘n’ Easy Appetizers and Starters
Thursday, September 24, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Looking for a quick and delicious addition to your dinner? Learn four simple, but tasty, recipes to dress up your meal. Call or visit the library to sign up for this fun cooking class. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.



Book Clubs

The Morning Book Club
meets every third Friday at 10:00 a.m.
Please call or visit the library for program information.

The Afternoon Book Club
meets every third Monday at 1:00 p.m.
Please call or visit the library for program information.

The Evening Book Club
meets every third Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Please call or visit the library for program information.



Storytimes

Mondays
Mother Goose Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Family Storytime 10:45 a.m.

Tuesdays
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:45 a.m.


For teens:

Teen Movie Night
Second Friday of the month, 6:00pm-8:00pm Ages 11 & up. See a great movie at the library. Pizza & beverages provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.