The mission of the Pittsylvania County Public Library is to enlighten, educate, empower, and expand the well-being of county residents and patrons by connecting them with the information, experiences, and resources they need to make their lives better.
Pittsylvania County is the largest county in Virginia at 968.94 square miles. Located in the south-central part of the state on the border with North Carolina, the county surrounds the city of Danville on three sides. The library provides cards and services to the people of the county as well as the counties and cities surrounding it. In 2018, almost 36,000 people possessed a Pittsylvania County Public Library card.
The county library system was established as the Chatham Library Association in 1939. The system now consists of five libraries: the main library in Chatham and branches in the communities of Gretna, Brosville/Cascade, and Mt. Hermon, as well as a History Research Center & Library, also in Chatham. Our Bookmobile makes approximately 60 stops each month throughout the county.
The county library system is a department of Pittsylvania County government, governed by an unpaid, volunteer, 10-member Library Board of Trustees. Library board members are appointed by the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors and represent each voting district and the towns of Chatham, Gretna, and Hurt. Board members serve 4-year terms and may be reappointed.
The library receives its funding from the county, state aid for libraries, and federal e-rate funding for internet support. Most of the funding for the programs offered to the public is supplied through the fundraising efforts of the volunteer Friends of the Library groups and grants. The Pittsylvania Public Library (PPL) Foundation raises funds to support capital projects such the furnishings and exterior landscaping at the new Mt. Hermon library.
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
[Appointment is for a four-year term]
Chatham/Blairs District Town of Gretna
Karen Eades Shelby Jean Buffington
Banister District Callands/Gretna District
Portia Fitzgerald York Pilson
Town of Chatham Dan River District
Alice Shelton Janice Fitts
Town of Hurt Staunton River District
Phyllis Roach Sandra Moore Rinkle
Tunstall District Westover District
Debra Turner Debra Dockery