Tazewell County Public Library

Tazewell Library

Address

129 Main Street
P.O. Box 929
Tazewell, VA 24651

Phone

(276) 988-2541
FAX: (276) 988-5980

Hours

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 9am – 5:30pm
Tuesday: 9am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 9am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 9am – 8pm
Friday: 9am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 9am – 1pm

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Directions and Map

From Bluefield

  1. Take 460 West to Tazewell
  2. Take Exit #2
  3. Turn left onto Rt. 16 South (Tazewell Avenue)
  4. Turn right onto Business Rt. 460 West (Fincastle Turnpike)
  5. Follow curve to Main Street
  6. Library is on left, across street National Bank
  7. Parking is available on street and behind building

From Richlands

  1. Take 460 East to Tazewell
  2. Exit #2
  3. Turn right onto Rt 16 South (Tazewell Avenue)
  4. Turn right onto Business Rt. 460 West (Fincastle Turnpike)
  5. Follow curve to Main Street
  6. Library is on left, across from National Bank
  7. Parking is available on street and behind building

Staff

Lynne Bartlett, Library Director
Jade Crabtree, Technical Services Assistant
Erica Hall, Technical Services Librarian
Natasha Hunt, Children’s Specialist
Deb Linkous, Circulation Specialist
Terry Neal, Custodian
Lonnie Payne, Circulation Specialist
Tammy Powers, Circulation Manager
Betty Pruett, Administrative Assistant
Linda Shroyer, Circulation Specialist
Lisa Tyson, Youth Services Coordinator
James Wilkes, Adult Services Librarian

History

Organized public library service in Tazewell County is a relatively recent phenomenon.  Through the years, women’s clubs offered lending library programs, some to members, some to the general community.  Notices of new books available for lending appeared in the pages of the Clinch Valley News from time to time.

In the early 1960s, as a result of Sputnik, federal funds for education increased significantly and led, through the Library Services Act, to initiation of public library service in previously unserved communities.  This provided the impetus for establishing many library systems in Virginia, particularly those serving small and rural populations.  The Virginia State Library offered to demonstrate library service in a community for two years, at the end of which time the locality would assume responsibility for continuing it if it was successful.

For many years, Mrs. W. B. Leslie, a teacher and newspaper publisher, had sought to have a public library in Tazewell County.  The Demonstration Library program delivered the vehicle for reaching this goal.  Mrs. Leslie worked with a number of interested county residents and officials to apply for the Demonstration Library, which was approved.  Dorothy M. Fuller of the Virginia State Library guided the library to its opening July 1964.  The Town of Tazewell arranged for space in the town hall, built wooden shelving, and furnished utilities.  The Library of Virginia selected, bought and cataloged books, organized the collection, trained the staff, provided a bookmobile to reach communities beyond Tazewell and paid all operational costs.  Mrs. Edith M. Farley was the first librarian and she had a staff of four.

Tazewell County assumed operational responsibility for the library at the end of the agreed two-year demonstration.  The Board of Supervisors appointed a five-member Board of Trustees, chaired by Mrs. Leslie, and including Lester L. Jones, Cora Lee Philpott, T. G. Shufflebarger, and Mary Sue Sult.  They built a permanent library on Main Street, on the site of the old Tazewell High School.  Dr. W. F. Wadsworth, Presbyterian minister and community leader, worked with Mrs. Leslie and the Board, Mrs. Irma Gillespie and many other individuals and community groups, and the support of E. R. Kilgore, James Bailey, and Graham Hedrick of the Board of Supervisors, to see this building project through.  The library was dedicated 3 December 1967.  The architect was J. Coates Carter and the contractor was Fort Chiswell Construction Company.  Major funding was provided by federal grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Library Services and Construction Act.

Mrs. Farley served as Librarian from 1964 until her retirement in1976.  She was followed by Clare DeCleene, 1976-1977. Laurie Surface Roberts  served as the Library Director from 1977 until her retirement in 2012.  Lynne Bartlett became Library Director in April 2012.

  • Tazewell Library

    129 Main St.
    P.O. Box 929
    Tazewell, VA 24651
    (276) 988-2541

  • Bluefield Library

    108 Huffard Drive
    Bluefield, VA 24605
    (276) 326-1577



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  • Richlands Library

    102 Suffolk Avenue
    P.O. Box 860
    Richlands, VA 24641
    (276) 964-5282

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