When the Shenandoah County Library was established in 1983 its founders saw the need for a collection of local history resources. With this need in mind they created the Shenandoah Room. Today we maintain a large collection of books, microfilm, research files, and periodicals related to this area's history.  

To search for items visit our catalog and change your location to Shenandoah Room.  

The Shenandoah Room is a self-serve facility open during regular library hours. All items are non-circulating which means they cannot be checked out and cannot leave the Shenandoah Room.

To get additional help or to access items from the Archives, schedule a research appointment by contacting Archivist Zachary Hottel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (540)984-8200

Staff and volunteers are usually available to assist you at the following times:


Monday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Tuesday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Wednesday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Thursday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Friday 10:00AM-5:00PM

by appointment, limited time


Volunteer With Us

The Shenandoah room welcomes volunteers on a regular basis and requests a two-hour block of time. Training is provided. Volunteer appreciation events are scheduled throughout the library on a regular basis. Adult volunteer application forms are available through the volunteer coordinator at the front desk. Some areas where volunteers are needed:

  • Help researchers locate materials
  • Shelve and count books used by patrons
  • Type or hand letter file identity cards
  • Label boxes for magazines
  • Make copies of original documents
  • Update the SR files and AR files
  • Assist with Heritage Day Event in April
  • Assist with conservation projects
  • Browse the estate and auction sales for local history materials
  • Assist with search and selection of new materials.