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Bittle Memorial Library was named for Roanoke College’s early president, Dr. David Bittle. Bittle led the college through its move to Salem and during the Civil War. Bittle was one of three Salem leaders who officially surrendered Salem to the…

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Construction of the Main Branch of Roanoke Public Libraries.

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Construction of the Main Branch of Roanoke Public Libraries.

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Construction of the Main Branch of Roanoke Public Libraries.

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One story and part basement brick building, wood joisted roof covered with slate. Interior; joisted floor, oak wearing surfaces, close plastered sidewalls, ceilings metal lath and plaster. Basement partly finished with concrete floor. Electric…

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Virginia Y. Lee was the Gainsboro Library's fourth librarian (1928 – 1971). She was born on November 22, 1906 in McComas, West Virginia and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. She graduated Valedictorian from Lucy Addison High School in 1924 and earned her…

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Virginia Y. Lee was the Gainsboro Library's fourth librarian (1928 – 1971). She was born on November 22, 1906 in McComas, West Virginia and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. She graduated Valedictorian from Lucy Addison High School in 1924 and earned…

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A female member of the US Air Force at a children's program at the Gainsboro Branch Library.

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Fintel Library at Roanoke College.

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Fintel Library at Roanoke College.

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Interior view of the reading room in the Fishburn Library at Hollins College.

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The Fishburn Library at Hollins College.

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Interior view of the Virginia Heights Book Station. The Virginia Heights Book Station was a precursor to the Raleigh Court Branch Library. It was located in the Masonic Lodge building at Grandin Road and Memorial Avenue.

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The Raleigh Court Library was located at 1916 Memorial Avenue. The building is now used by Pop's Ice Cream.

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The Melrose Branch Library was constructed in 1947 at a cost of $19,947.00

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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".

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Roanoke Librarian Pearl Hinesley stands in front of the newly constructed Melrose Branch.

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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.

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

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Basement storage shelving at the Gainsboro Branch.

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Basement storage shelving at the Gainsboro Branch.

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Interior of the Gainsboro Branch Roanoke Public Library.

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Roanoke Public Library. Circulation desk and main room.

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Roanoke Public Library's children's room. November 19, 1917.

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

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The Main branch of Roanoke Public Libraries.

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Roanoke Public Library as seen from across Jefferson Street.

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Terry home in Elmwood Park shortly after its converstion to the first library. Circa 1925.

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A view of the Terry House from the driveway on Jefferson Street. The Terry House would become Roanoke's first public library in 1921.

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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.
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