Samuels Public Library

Our Mission

Samuels Public Library brings people, information, and ideas together to enrich lives and build community.


Our Director

The director of Samuels Public Library is Harold Hayes. He may be contacted at or 540.635.3153 ext. 110.

 


Library Board

The annual meeting of the Library Board of Trustees takes place at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of July. During the remainder of the year, Board Meetings take place on the 2nd Monday of September, November, January, March, and May at 5:30 p.m. All Library Board Meetings are open to the public.

Member Name Position
Dr. Charles Huber President
Kim Emerson Vice President
Pete Walker Treasurer
Denise Nassetta Secretary
Tom Wilkins Member at Large
Brian Barbour  
Brian Bennett  
Celeste Brooks  
Katie Carr  
Patrick Farris  
Susan Hrbek  
Mike Richards  
Tom Sayre Warren County Board of Supervisors Representative
Barbara Way  

Our History

For more than two centuries, Front Royal has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to providing public access to literature and learning. The Front Royal Librarian Society was the second subscription library in the state of Virginia, and received its charter on January 18th, 1799.

On March 19th, 1836 the General Assembly passed an act which incorporated the Front Royal Library Society in the County of Warren. Throughout the next century, the Library struggled and persevered through war and depression.

In 1952 Dr. Bernard Samuels donated a building to house the Library. This generosity was acknowledged through the renaming of the Library.

Samuels Public Library was born.

Walter Samuels followed in his brother's path, when upon his death in 1976, he left a large bequest to the Library. This commitment enabled the Library to build a new and modern facility which opened to the public in 1980. With continued community growth, it became apparent early in the 21st century that it was once again time to build a new, better, more modern Library for the citizens of Front Royal and Warren County. The Warren County Board of Supervisors funded the building project, and on June 10th, 2009 the new Samuels Public Library opened its doors to our community.

​Through the commitment and vision of individuals, government and community, Front Royal and Warren County has continued the vision of our 18th century forefathers to provide for all residents the ability to embrace books and knowledge.