Handley Library

at 100 W Piccadilly St, Winchester, 22601 United States

Handley Library
100 W Piccadilly St
Winchester , VA 22601
United States


Handley Library is a historic library building located at 100 West Piccadilly Street in Winchester, Virginia, United States. Completed in 1913, construction of the Beaux-Arts style building was funded by a wealthy Pennsylvania businessman. The building serves as the main branch for Winchester's library system. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) in 1969.HistoryJudge John Handley, an Irish-American coal magnate and lawyer from Scranton, Pennsylvania, visited Winchester several times and admired the city for its Scotch-Irish heritage. In his will, he left $250,000 for the city to erect a library "for the free use of the people of the city of Winchester" and schools for the poor. Construction of the library, designed by New York architects Barney and Chapman, was not begun until 1908. The cornerstone ceremony on May 26 was preceded by a large parade. The building's fireproof construction and facilities were considered advanced at the time of completion. The total cost of construction and furnishings was $233,230. The library opened on August 21, 1913, and originally featured a 300-seat lecture hall, study rooms and conference areas. C. Vernon Eddy was Handley's first librarian, serving in that position until 1960. Originally only white patrons were allowed to visit the library; in December 1953 city officials began allowing all residents to use the facility, regardless of race.

Opening time

  • Mondays: 10:00- 20:00
  • Tuesdays: 10:00- 17:00
  • Wednesdays: 10:00- 20:00
  • Thursdays: 10:00- 20:00
  • Fridays: 10:00- 17:00
  • Saturdays: 10:00- 17:00


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Jenn K.

Review for architecture alone: AMAZING! (Photos on Yelp currently do not do it justice) Worth checking out if you're in the area, even if you're not going... Read more

Lissa W.

This library is one of the loveliest and most charming in the country. In Beaux Arts style, its two wings flare from the central dome to resemble an... Read more

Todd P.

The Handley is a wonderful early 20th century library and a perfect example of what a library should be. It is beautiful and classy both inside and out, but... Read more
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Handley Regional Library
100 W Piccadilly St Winchester , VA 22601 United States

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Handley Library
100 W Piccadilly St Winchester , VA 22601 United States