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Handley Regional Library, Winchester

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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.
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  • The showpiece is the building. If you are visiting in the area, this building is worth some time to see. Take maybe an hour to tour it inside and out and to understand the history behind it and the ju...  more »
  • An almost everything library. Very friendly staff. They have several programs in the theatre downstairs.  more »
  • Amazing Beaux Arts building! It's especially nice if you can get in on one of the tours of the building. The only downside is that parking is at a premium unless you park in the Autopark on Braddock S...  more »
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  • This is my favorite library. So much history and so much beauty. Friendly environment as well.
  • Love the children's floor. Wish the place were open for at least a little while on Sunday. Working mom so it is hard to get there during the week.
  • Huge selection of books! And completely free for residents
  • So beautiful and being able to take home 100 items is wondful for my kids
  • Love this library. ..it's like visiting an old friend. Wonderful employees & clientele.