January 28, 2022

Virginia: Library Board Votes to Close Charlottesville’s Central Library on August 11

From The Daily Progress:

The city of Charlottesville is expecting hundreds or thousands of people on Aug. 11, regardless of the outcome of Jason Kessler’s legal battle for an anniversary rally.

On Monday, the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Board of Trustees voted to close the Central Branch library on Aug. 11 and cede control so the city can use the building as a law enforcement relief and staging area beginning the evening of Aug. 10 through Aug. 12.

“We know we’re in federal court tomorrow about Mr. Kessler’s permit request, which we denied last fall, but I do want you to understand, regardless of Mr. Kessler or any other person’s permit, we are preparing for all possible scenarios for that weekend — that’s what our job is,” Assistant City Manager Mike Murphy told the board.


Last year, the JMRL board voted to close on Aug. 12 but declined to allow the city to use the building, though the back loading dock area was accessible, and some law enforcement officers were let into the back of the building to cool off.

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