library collections


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is required by law to establish administrative records "at or near a facility at issue." Samuels Public Library is serving as the designated field repository for the Avtex Fibers, Inc. site. The Avtex Fibers, Inc. Administrative Record File is now available to the public online at

Samuels Public Library will continue to house hard copy documents which are unavailable on the internet. The documents available at the library are mostly maps concerning the site area. They are located in the Virginia History Room and are available for in-house review only.



Deposit book collections are available for residents of Warren County, Virginia who are unable to come in to the library.  Please call Nicki Lynch at Samuels Library 540-635-3153 for more information.

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virginia history

The Elizabeth P. Biggs Local History room is located in the adult area of the library. This room houses the library's local history collection, including some local genealogical information. A sample of items available in the collection includes:

• Genealogies of Virginia Families (5 vol.)
• McKay and Allied Family History and Genealogy (9 vol.)
• genealogies of many other families from Warren County and surrounding areas, as well as prominent Virginia families such as the Lees
• Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendents, as well as many other titles useful for local genealogy research
• Records of the Virginia Company (4 vol.)
• Early Virginia Immigrants, 1623-1666
• Virginia Soldiers of 1776 (3 vol. register)
• Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790 for many states, including Virginia
• Tombstone Inscriptionsfor many cemeteries in Warren County, Shenandoah County, Page County, and more, including Prospect Hill Cemetery
• Warren County birth registry, death registry, marriage registry, and mortality schedules for various years
• Diary of Lucy Rebecca Buck and many other Civil War recollections of local people
• books on local Civil War battles, including Front Royal, Cedar Creek, Winchester, and Kernstown
• The War of the Rebellion (69 vol.), the official compilation of records of the Union and Confederate armies
• maps of the Avtex site
• documents related to the Town of Front Royal, such as annual financial reports
• histories of Warren and various other Virginia counties
• books on Virginia history, geography, etc.
• so much more!