History of Waynesboro Public Library

Waynesboro Public Library welcomes your visit to the newly renovated building. Completed in June 2012, the renovations have brought most of the building up to date and more user friendly. Come enjoy the beautiful new space and find all the library has to offer.

We have built a well balanced collection of print and audio-visual materials for children and adults that includes early literacy kits, downloadable audio books, and large print books. Our online resources provide access for researching the family tree, finding homework help, and links for job seekers. We also offer innovative educational and cultural programs for everyone. Daily story times, monthly concerts and movies, and Summer Reading Programs are a few of the wonderful activities that the library offers. WPL plays a major role in educating our citizens and improving the quality of life; let our dedicated team provide you quality professional library services with a smile!

Our library is located in the beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley, about 90 miles west of Richmond, VA and is well-known for its extensive local history collection for Waynesboro and Augusta County as well as its genealogy resources.

Founded in 1912 by the Philathea Class of the First Baptist Church, Waynesboro's library was the third Virginia Library to take advantage of the state law permitting the establishment of tax-supported public libraries. The first librarian was Virginia Leftwich, the mother of Ruth Graham (Mrs. Billy Graham).