Washington County Public Library System

205 Oak Hill Street
Abingdon, VA 24210



The mission of the Washington County Public Library System is to provide the community with current resources for life-long learning, social exchange, pleasure, and entertainment.


The Washington County Public Library System has been helping county residents with their information needs since 1954. The library was originally located on the Barter Drive and in 1976 moved into a new and spacious building at the corner of Oak Hill And Valley Streets. The system operates the Main Library, four branches,  and an outreach program..

Over the past twenty years the Washington County Public Library System has grown in practically every way possible-- in the number of books in its  collections, in the variety of services provided, in the number of people who use the library on a regular basis, and in staff. Its once spacious area is now diminished to make room for  this growth as well as for the new technologies that make library services more equitable and efficient.

Equally important is the fact that the Washington County Public Library System has grown in the knowledge of its role in Washington County. Access to information is a critical element in assuring that individuals, businesses, industries, educational institutions and other components of our society can grow and develop to their full potential.

The Washington County  Public Library System takes its role seriously. Every effort is made to serve the youngest to the most senior citizen. It reaches out to those who cannot use its facilities. It searches to find information not found in the collections. It provides space for public forums. It provides the resources to educate, train, inform, enlighten, and entertain. 

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