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

The Friends of the Library biggest annual event is our annual July 4th Book Sale.  We hold our book sale during Ashland’s 4th of July celebration.

Friday, July 4, 2014
9 AM – 2 PM
Ashland Library
201 S. Railroad Ave., Ashland, VA 23005

You will find hundreds of pre-owned hardcovers, paperbacks, audio books, movies, and CDs to choose from.  Some wonderful bargains are “nearly-new”, some items are antiques looking for new homes. There will be a wide variety of treasures to be found for children, teens and adults.

The sale proceeds will fund programs, equipment, and materials for the Ashland Branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library.

The Friends of the Library Book Sale has become a traditional part of Ashland’s 4th of July celebration event sponsored by the Hanover Arts & Activities Center. Don’t miss it!