Facilities and Services

5.1 Purpose

The Library is a City of Danville facility intended primarily for the provision of library materials, services, and programs. While the Danville Public Library seeks to work cooperatively with other community organizations and may sponsor or endorse cooperative activities, the building and grounds are not available for public access, non-library-related programs, meetings, or events. The selling of products or services is not permitted in library facilities or on library grounds unless the library sponsors such activity.

5.2 Hours of Operation

Ruby B. Archie Public Library

 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM 
 Thursday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
 Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Westover Branch Library

Wednesday, Thursday          
10:00 AM - 6 PM*
Friday  10:00 AM - 5 PM*

*Closed for lunch daily 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM 

5.3 Room Capacity

Auditorium 50 persons
Computer Lab 10 persons
Genealogy Room 25 persons
Maker Lab 25 persons
Story Time/Activity Room 25 persons


5.4 Meeting Room (Library Auditorium)

Library meeting room, or Auditorium, is available to rent for a fee of $15 to businesses, community groups, and organizations for educational purposes such as training classes, seminars, lectures, client consultation, and small meetings. The Auditorium is the only room that is available for rent.

Library programs receive priority in scheduling. Outside groups will be scheduled meeting times on a first-come, first served basis. Every effort will be made to avoid having to reschedule a group’s planned meeting(s), but if a conflict with a Library or City program or event develops, this may be necessary.

Reservation requests must be received at least 15 business days in advance of the desired date and time, and due to limited availability, only one reservation will be accepted at a time. Requested dates and time must fall during Library hours of operation. The Library reserves the right to cancel reservations and refund payment for any reason.

Anyone wishing to reserve the Library’s meeting room must prepay and submit a Meeting Room Application.   A Facility Rental Contract must be renewed every year. 

5.5 Display and Distribution of Non-Library Materials

Pamphlets, periodicals, and fliers

The Library provides a limited area for the display of marketing materials, subject to the following conditions:

Availability of library materials will take precedence;

Materials will be timely and in demand;

Documents will either be related to organizations, services, events that are from the City of Danville;

Materials will not be of a commercial or personal nature;

Documents will not endorse specific political candidates or ballot positions;


The Library offers artists, collectors, and organizations the opportunity to display their work to the community. Exhibit space is limited and will be provided on a first come, first serve basis and is subject to the approval of the Division Director of Libraries. Interested exhibitors must complete an Exhibit Application and Waiver Form (Please contact the Library 434-799-5195)

The Library shall not be held responsible and is expressly relieved from any and all liability because of injury, loss or damage to any person or property in or about the premises occurring during the exhibitor’s use of the premises.

The Library Staff may remove any non-Library exhibit for any reason and without notice.

5.6 Photocopying, Faxing, and Notary Service


A photocopier is located on the first floor of the Library and is available to be used by the public. Copier services are self-serve; there is a fee of $.10 for black/white and $.25 for color for each side of an 8.5 X 11 sheet. PAGE 62

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Fax service is available to the public upon request. The Library will only send documents domestically and does not receive faxes. The Fax fee is as follows: $1.50 for the first page and $1 for each additional page.


Notary Public service is available for a fee of $2 per signature. Notaries are only located at the Main Library and not always on site. Anyone seeking a Notary should contact the Main Library to confirm a Notary is on duty.

Users must present government-issued identification that includes a photo.

Library Staff who serve as a Notary will:

Follow the notary laws of the State of Virginia.

Not provide professional advice on legal matters about notarizing documents.

Reserve the right to refuse notary service at any time.

5.7 Library Programming

All Library programs require at least one goal that flows back to the mission statement. Goals should also provide a specific learning objective or the outcomes of the program.

All programming goals are to be literary or promote literacy, information literacy, digital literacy, healthy living, or creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

Literary goals include instilling an appreciation for reading and increased knowledge of what works and authors are available.

Literacy goals include becoming a stronger reader, increase vocabulary and the ability to acquire knowledge through reading and writing.

Information literacy involves teaching skills that encourage stronger information searching and more effective evaluation of available information.

Digital literacy involves the knowledge of basic principles of computing devices, ability to engage effectively in Online communities and social networks, the skills needed to find, capture, and evaluate information. Goals related to digital literacy may include passing on information that will lead to better decision making Online and a better understanding of the ethical norms and standards of behavior in an Online environment.

Healthy Living goals promote visiting a doctor or dentist regularly, increase activity and exercise, make good food choices, and promote family and friend relationships.

Increase creativity, critical thinking, communication.  Provide opportunities to foster brainstorming, creating new worthwhile ideas, refining and evaluation of ideas, developing, implementing and communicating ideas, and becoming open and responsive to diverse perspectives within a group.

Types of Programs

Active Program: A planned, themed event, class, or performance to encourage creative thinking or lifelong learning. Active programs are carried out by library programmers, experts from the community, or contracted performers or instructors.

Passive Program: A self-guided activity is set out for participants to discover and participate in that does not involve direct interaction with Library personnel. Examples: Scavenger hunts, simple crafts or coloring sheets, guessing or voting contests.

Outreach Program: A planned, themed event or performance organized or carried out by a Library programmer that occurs in locations outside of the Library property to extend library services to those who might not be able to access it otherwise. Examples: Storytime at a daycare, a book talk at an assisted living facility, or genealogy event at the Community Market.

Outreach Informational: A visit by Library team member to a particular location or as part of a larger event to market library services and programs. Examples: Information booth at a health fair, table or stand at a movie theater or a talk at a civic organization meeting.

Screening: The showing of a movie or television program. Screenings should be limited in number, timely, and of works that are adaptations of books.