COVID-19 Test Kits

Status Update 3/24/22
MRLS currently has limited supply of COVID-19 Test Kits available. Due to high demand and limited supply, the library is no longer reserving test kits. Kits will be given out on a first come basis when available and limited to TWO (2) test kits per person per day.


Status Update 3/11/22
The Richardson Memorial Library has received a one-time shipment of COVID-19 Test Kits from the Crater Health District.

Who can get the tests?
Residents of Emporia/Greensville ONLY. As this is not part of the library program through the Central Office of the VDH (where we received our previous test shipments) and is a local health district initiative by the Crater Health District, only residents of Emporia/Greensville will be eligible to receive these tests (Brunswick is in a different district).

How many tests can I get at one time?
Since this is a one-time shipment we will be limiting tests to 2 per person per day.

Can I call and reserve a test?
Tests cannot be reserved and are only available on a first-come first-serve basis. However, if you would prefer contactless pickup, you may call us from the parking lot and we will put your tests in a locker.

For other questions, please call us at 434-634-2539.



Rapid COVID-19 Antigen At-Home Test Kits

The Library is now offering free at-home COVID-19 test kits.

You may call your local branch to confirm test kit availability. If contact free locker pick up is preferred, please call at arrival or just prior and you will be given a 4 digit code to access the assigned locker. If you are symptomatic please have someone who is non-symptomatic pick up kit or opt for locker pick up.

Contact info:
Brunswick -- (434) 848-2418 ext. 301
Emporia -- (434) 634-2539
You may also email questions to or

To complete the test, you will need to download an app. The device you are using must also have a camera and microphone, and be able to connect to the internet. Because of the hazards associated with this test, you will NOT be able to take the test in the Library and Library staff will not be able to assist you with technology-related questions. If you feel that using the app or the related technology is too complicated, please go to an in-person testing facility, such as a pharmacy or doctor's office, instead. 

NOTE: Library staff are not trained to answer any questions related to the test (either the steps involved in taking it or the technology used) and are prohibited from doing so. If you have questions, please contact the Virginia Department of Health (contact info on flyer below).