Tazewell County Public Library

Richlands Library

Richlands Library Branch Manager: Jami McDonald
Physical Address: 102 Suffolk Avenue, Richlands, VA 24641
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 860, Richlands, VA 24641
Phone: (276) 964-5282
Fax: (276) 963-1107

Directions to Richlands Library

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 11am – 8pm
Tuesday: 9am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 9am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 9am – 5:30pm
Friday: 9am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 9am – 1:00pm

Beginning in the 1960s, Freya Dalton voluntarily operated a station library in a building she owned on Washington Square in Richlands.  She provided many books herself and gathered donations from the community to stock this library.  Building on her early work, the Richlands Area Friends of the Library, formed in the early 1980s under the leadership of Dr. John C. Willis, worked ceaselessly to obtain a library in the community.  The Friends acquired the Dr. W. R. Williams house on Suffolk Avenue, and privately raised the funds to renovate it.  Constructed in 1890 for the offices of Clinch Valley Coal and Iron Company, this building later became the residence and hospital of Dr. W. R. Williams.  In 1983, the Williams family donated this property, listed on the Virginia Historic Landmarks Register, to the Town of Richlands for use as a library.  This facility opened 1 October 1984.  Architect for the renovation of this building was Cameron Wolfe and contractor was Henry Nickels, Inc.  It was first known as the Western District Branch, then as the Maiden Spring Branch and, now, as the Richlands Branch of Tazewell County Public Library. The Richlands Women’s Club provided recently installed the library sign, which is visible from both Front Street and Suffolk Avenue.

Decorative image of the outside of the Richlands Library
Decorative image of painting pumpkins at the Richlands Library
Decorative image of the magic show in Richlands
Decorative image of story time at Richlands Library

This site is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is managed by the The Library of Virginia Library Development and Networking Division.