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PC 124.1 Main Library.jpg
"Opened in 1952, the Roanoke Public Library building has a capacity for 185,000 volumes. It is air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter by means of an electric heat pump. Situated on the corner of Elmwood Park, it is within the…

PC 124.0 Main Library.jpg
"Roanoke Public Library, Roanoke, Virginia. Opened in 1952, the Roanoke Public Library building has a capacity of 185,000 volumes. It is air conditioned in summer, and heated in winter by means of an electric heat pump. Situated on the corner of…

MP 38.02 Time Capsule.jpg
Contents are placed into the time capsule in front of the Main Library during the Diamond Jubilee Time Capsule Ceremony. The time capsule is not to be opened until 2032 for Roanoke's 150th Anniversary.

MP 38.01 Time Capsule.jpg
Contents are placed into the time capsule in front of the Main Library during the Diamond Jubilee Time Capsule Ceremony. The time capsule is not to be opened until 2032 for Roanoke's 150th Anniversary. Claude Settlemire, City Librarian, on left.

MP 38.14 Williamson Road Book Station.jpg
The Williamson Road Branch found its beginnings as the Williamson Road Book Station, formerly located at 2919 Williamson Road NE.

MP 38.13 Williamson Road Branch.jpg
A newly completed Williamson Road Branch Library.

MP 38.12 Williamson Road Branch.jpg
Architectural rendering of the Williamson Road Branch of Roanoke Public Libraries.

MP 38.11 Williamson Road Branch.jpg
Unidentified men set the cornerstone at the Williamson Road Branch Library.

MP 38.1 Williamson Road Branch.jpg
Staff members prepare the Williamson Road Branch for opening.

MP 38.0 Rivinus Room.jpg
Patrons use reference materials in the Rivinus Room at the Main Branch of Roanoke Public Libraries

MP 4.1 Terry House.jpg
The Terry House, formerly located in Elmwood Park, was the first library in the city.

Davis GL 42 Elmwood Park.jpg
View of Elmwood Park from the Patrick Henry Hotel.

Davis GL 38 Public Library in Elmwood Park.jpg
View of the first Roanoke Public Library in Elmwood Park. The library was located in the Terry House, a gift to the city from the Terry Family.

Davis 31.51 Terry House.jpg
The Terry House in Elmwood Park. The home was used as Roanoke's first public library until it the current structure was built in 1952. The home was used as recreational offices until it was razed in 1964.

Davis 15.625-3 Melrose Branch Library.jpg
The Melrose Branch Library was constructed in 1947 at a cost of $19,947.00

Davis 15.625-2 Melrose Branch Library.jpg
The newly constructed Melrose Branch Library at 2318 Melrose Avenue. The sign reads, "New Library constructed for your convenience and assistance by the City of Roanoke".

Davis 15.625-1 Melrose Branch Library.jpg
Roanoke Librarian Pearl Hinesley stands in front of the newly constructed Melrose Branch.

Davis 15.621 Melrose Branch Library.jpg
Interior view of Melrose Branch Library after it was relocated from 15th Street and Melrose to the basement of Melrose School at 1100 Melrose Avenue.

Davis 15.62 Melrose Branch Library.jpg
The Melrose Book Station, located at Melrose Avenue and 15th Street. In 1929, the "Book Station" was moved to the basement of Melrose School at 1100 Melrose Avenue. In 1933 it was moved to a vacant store at 1801 Melrose Avenue. In 1948, the branch…

Davis 15.615w Gainsboro Branch Library.jpg
Early view of the Gainsboro Branch Library. The building was completed in 1941 at a cost of $23,970.24.

Davis 15.612-2 Library Shelving.jpg
Basement storage shelving at the Gainsboro Branch.

Davis 15.612 Library Shelving.jpg
Basement storage shelving at the Gainsboro Branch.

Davis 15.23 Patrons in Reference.jpg
The reference room in the old library about 1947.

Davis 15.222 Reading & Reference Room.jpg
Interior view of Main Library reading and reference rooms when it was located in the Terry House.

Davis 15.221 Main Library Interior.jpg
Roanoke Public Library. Circulation desk and main room.

Davis 15.22 Main Library Interior.jpg
Interior view of the first library. The desk in this photo is currently used in the Virginia Room.

Davis 15.212 Patrons in Reference.jpg
Ladies in the reference room.

Davis 15.211 Storytime at Roanoke Public Libraries.jpg
Roanoke Public Library's children's room. November 19, 1917.

Davis 15.21 RPL Storytime.jpg
Roanoke Public Library auditorium of the first public library in Terry home during children's book week story hour.

Davis 15.15 Roanoke City Library.jpg
The Main branch of Roanoke Public Libraries.

Davis 15.14 Old Library Building.jpg
Roanoke Public Library as seen from across Jefferson Street.

Davis 15.13 Library & Elmwood Park.jpg
Terry home in Elmwood Park shortly after its converstion to the first library. Circa 1925.

Davis 15.12 Library Entrance.jpg
Jefferson Street entrance to the first Roanoke Public Library

Davis 15.112 Library Float.jpg
Roanoke Public Library float in a parade.

Davis 15.11 Roanoke Public Library.jpg
View of the first Roanoke Public Library from across Elmwood Park. The building, known as the Terry House, was purchased with Elmwood park by the city in 1911 for $150,000.

Davis 15.1 RPL opening 5-21-1921.jpg
Opening day celebration of Roanoke Public Libraries. Sarah Caldwell Butler speaking at event in Elmwood Park.

Davis 15.02 Library Opening Day.jpg
A band plays at the Roanoke Public Library's opening day celebration in Elmwood Park.

Davis 15.01 Pearl Hinesley.jpg
Roanoke Public Library's first Librarian, Pearl Hinesley. Miss Hinesley served 30 years in Roanoke Public Libraries, from 1921-1951.
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