On Tuesday, March 27 the Shenandoah County Library will celebrate Women's History Month and the lives of local women at our program "Daughters of the Stars: Lives of Local Women."

This year's event will feature Karen Whetzel and Judy Reynolds, two local women who are leaders in their community. 

Seize the opportunity to grow your collection of history and genealogy books. We are currently selling a large collection of used local, regional, and national history and genealogy books that have been deaccessioned from our Shenandoah Room collection because they are out of date, are duplicates or are unrelated to its mission. All proceeds from this sale will go to support our efforts to collect and interpret local history. 

You can view the list of titles available here. All titles have an estimated value, but we are currently accepting all reasonable offers based the books condition and buyers preference. If you are interested in purchasing any of these titles, please contact Archivist Zach Hottel to schedule an appointment. Note: due to the large number of items for sale and storage limitations, we are not able to accommodate walk-in purchases or individuals wishing to browse the items in person. 


Most of our local history collection is available during regular library hours. However, materials in our archives is only available when our archivist or a volunteer is on duty. While we recommend you contact us in advance to assure someone is available, individuals are usually available:

Monday & Tuesday 10:00AM-5:30PM
Wednesday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Thursday & Friday 10:00AM-5:30PM
Fourth Saturday 10:00AM-Noon

The Shenandoah County Library is committed to identifying, collecting, preserving, cataloging, and providing access to resources related to the culture, history, life, and heritage of Shenandoah County. 

To do so we maintain the Shenandoah Room filled with local history reference materials, and the Truban Archives which houses historic documents and items. If you need help advancing your research, be sure to check out our Research Assistance Guide before visiting.

If you are visiting us to conduct genealogical research, we recommend you browse our Family Folder Collection

Farms, Factories, and the Frontlines: Exploring Shenandoah County's Role in WWI and WWII

From 1917-1918 and again from 1941-1945 the United States was involved in two catastrophic World Wars. These conflicts touched the lives of almost everyone in the nation at that time. 

The Shenandoah County Library is happy to partner with Shenandoah County, the Shenandoah County Historical Society, other local historic organizations, and the state of Virginia's WWI and WWII Commission to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI and the 75th anniversary of WWII between 2016 and 2020. Our efforts, and statewide initiatives, are designed to:

  • Honor our veterans
  • Inspire a desire to learn more about the role our communities played in World War I and World War II
  • Connect historic sites with visitors interested in these conflicts
  • Preserve the history of these wars

Read below to learn about upcoming events, our county museum trail, and much more. 

Shenandoah County has a long and rich history. Numerous local organization preserve that past, and interpret its meaning including: