We are happy to share that we are partnering with StoryCorps to record the stories of our community during the month of June. StoryCorps, a national non-profit dedicated to recording and preserving the stories of everyday people, will be visiting the Shenandoah Valley in June to record local stories. Working with them, we are inviting individuals to record and share conversations that will be preserved locally and at the Library of Congress for generations to come. 

The Shenandoah Room is open to researchers on a limited basis due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our current hours are as follows:

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Open by appointment between the hours of Noon and 4:00PM
  • Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday: Open for browsing during regular library hours (Shenandoah Room Books Only) 

Individuals who need research assistance or who wish to access the following materials must have an appointment:

  • Truban Archives
  • Microfilm
  • Family Folders
  • Computer

Researchers may reserve either 1 or 2 hour periods depending on availability. 


To make an appointment, email Archivist Zachary Hottel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact him via phone at (540)984-8200. 


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To ensure the safety of patrons and staff, strict safety protocols have been established. You can read them at https://countylib.org/SRCE.  Access to the collection may be denied to those failing to follow our COVID-19 guidelines. 



When it was founded in 1984, the Shenandoah County Library committed itself to providing the resources our community needs to understand its history. To do this the library developed a collection of published local history works, microfilm, maps, and other works. In 2001 we moved to our current facility and a generous donation by Dr. William Truban allowed us to add an Archives. This helped us expand our collection to include photographs, primary sources, and rare books. Today, we remain committed to our mission of "collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Shenandoah County."

To fulfill this mission we continue to to operate the Shenandoah Room and the Truban Archives under the direction of our Archivist Zachary Hottel. You can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone at (540)984-8200 for any questions regarding these collections or research. Before visiting, be sure to review our visiting page. 

We are always looking to expand the size of our collection. Primarily we gather new materials through donations from individuals, businesses, and community groups. Our collection focuses on Shenandoah County and the Shenandoah Valley, and we are especially interested in any type of local history materials including letters, photographs, ledgers, maps, drawings, cards, etc. Contact Archivist Zachary Hottel to discuss a possible donation. 

We also invite you to help us better understand the history of our local businesses and ensure their story is not lost. Please complete a brief survey about any business's you remember or are currently involved with at our Business History Project

The Shenandoah County Library is currently seeking volunteers who are interested in keeping a record of their lives during this unprecedented time.

Individuals are invited to participate by starting a journal, either physical or digital, and then donating their record to the county library to be preserved as part of our county's historic narrative. We also are encourage local photographers to capture images of how their communities are affected by COVID-19. 

Records should include information about everyday lives, activities, etc. and can be any length or in various mediums, including a written journal, digital productions, stories, art, poetry, or videos. You can submit materials directly to our collection at http://archives.countylib.org/contribution

We are also currently conducting a community survey to collect information about the community during this difficult time.

You can complete it at https://forms.gle/u9BSdfroqpbQw9J28 

Email Archivist Zachary Hottel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to sign up.