Mission Statement: "To provide the highest quality library services to fulfill the informational, educational, recreational and cultural needs of the citizens in the dynamic and changing community of Mathews County, Virginia."

General Information

Deck the Halls website 2017

Nov. 26th, Sun., 2-4 p.m.
The sounds of Christmas will ring out with joy
at the library this holiday season!
Join friends and family to decorate a tree while
enjoying holiday music and refreshments.

Recent changes from OverDrive and Recorded Books are offering patrons new easy-to-use options for downloading free material from the library:

meet libby

Overdrive has launched their new Libby app for eBooks and audiobooks. For iOS and Android mobile devices and Windows 10 PCs, the library recommends downloading "Libby" for new users and an improved user experience for established users.  Follow the Libby app instructions to easily get started downloading eBooks and audiobooks.

hello rbdigitalRecorded Books has launched the new RBdigital app for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire that combines access to audiobooks (formerly OneClickdigital) and magazines (formerly Zinio for Libraries). Follow the instructions found on our Getting Started pages for RBdigital Audiobooks and RBdigital Magazines.  

The library has added two new online databases for researchers:

atoz world travel

For travelers and knowledge seekers alike, AtoZ World Travel is a comprehensive travel resource with information about points of interest, security, transportation, food and restaurants, culture, language, and more. With 202 World City Travel Guides AtoZ World Travel provides the knowledge you need to experience the world and all its wonders.

Plan your next adventure at atoztravel.mathewslibrary.org!


AtoZ Maps Online is the world’s most comprehensive collection of royalty-free downloadable maps. Students, teachers, library patrons, and businesses can use our 145,000 maps in school reports, school lesson plans, personal research projects, and business reports. No other reference contains so many maps, map resources, visual glossaries, video dictionaries, geography learning games, and teacher resources.

Explore maps at atozmaps.mathewslibrary.org!

Easily access these resources with just your library card number on both computers and mobile devices.  All of our online reference resources are accessible through the Research Databases page on the library's e-branch.

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Join the FUN in the magical world of Jonathan Austin.
Friday, July 7 | 10 a.m.



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Jonathan Austin has been a full time professional Magician/Juggler for over 20 years. His show includes juggling, magic tricks, a tall unicycle, jokes, gags, comedy with lots of audience participation and rapport.

The Mathews Memorial Library will be open special hours for Mathews Market Days.  The library will be open normal hours from 9:00 am until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 5.  On Saturday, September 6, the library will have extended hours from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Please come out and enjoy Market Days and make the library one of your stops.  The annual quilt show will take place in the library's conference room.  In addition


The Mathews Memorial Library maintains two public meeting areas - the John Warren Cooke Conference Center and the Heritage Room for the use of all Mathews residents. The room has two main functions: to accommodate programs sponsored by the library and to serve as community meeting rooms. The Library is a cultural and educational center for our county, and offers these rooms as ideal places for the interchange of ideas.


The John Warren Cooke Room has a total capacity of approximately 50 people, but can be divided into two separate rooms for smaller meetings. The Heritage Room will accommodate 8 to 10 individuals in a conference room setting. The rooms are open to the general public by reservation, on a first come first serve basis. Reservations for their use may be made by calling the Library at 804-725-5747 at which time the library will determine availability and appropriate room selection. Tables and chairs, projector, screen and computer connection are available for patron use. The room also contains a small kitchenette with a sink and coffee maker.

Meetings should be planned for normal library operating hours which are as follows: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Mon., Tues, Wed, & Fri.; 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM on Thursday. 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Saturday and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM on Sunday. Under certain circumstances, arrangements to hold meetings after library hours may be made by contacting the library director.

Groups using a meeting room will be responsible for returning it to its original state of cleanliness. Groups will reimburse the library for any cost associated with loss, damage or extra cleaning.
The meeting rooms are intended primarily for nonprofit groups or organizations. Commercial organizations or individuals may use the meeting rooms, but will be charged a fee of $10.00 per hour for a small meeting room or $20.00 per hour for the large room.

Any plans for decorations or storage of material prior to a meeting, must be approved in advance by the library director.

Groups using the meeting rooms are held responsible for keeping meetings quiet and orderly. The library is not responsible for injuries occurring during their use.

To request meeting space, please fill out our Conference Room Reservation Form  . For more information call the library at 804-725-5747 and ask to speak to the director.

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