Inter-Faith Prayer & Meditation Space

Inter-Faith Prayer and Meditation Space

Richmond Public Library is proud to offer a space for prayer, meditation and reflection.
The Inter-Faith Prayer and Meditation Space in Richmond Public Library has been designed for customers to have a quiet area for prayer and reflection. This is a quiet space available at the Brighouse Branch’s second floor, with a privacy board available. The space is available to all members of the public is open to people of any faith or no faith.

Richmond Public Library is committed to fostering an environment of Respect, Understanding, Diversity and Inclusion.

Please see staff at the second floor AskMe desk if you would like to use this space or borrow a prayer mat. The space is intended for brief use and is freely available when not occupied.

Guidelines for using this space:

  • This space is intended for brief meditation, mindfulness and finding a moment of peace.
  • Please be quiet when in the space and respect others around you; conversations are discouraged.
  • Place cell phones and other electronic devices on silent.
  • Music or guided meditation permitted only with the use of headphones or earbuds (if it does not disturb others).
  • The space is not to be used for studying, meetings, eating, or sleeping.
  • The space must be kept clean and shoes must be removed if using the prayer mat.
  • Water is permitted.
  • Burning or lighting materials or candles is not permitted.

At the Library

Meditations to Change Your Brain

A LinkedIn Learning course that presents several different meditation techniques to promote concentration and reduce stress.

Mindful Meditations for Work and Life

A LinkedIn Learning course that offers practical and easy approaches to meditation, including short exercises.

Mindfulness for Beginners

A LinkedIn Learning course that walks participants through five guided meditations.

Compass Apps

iSalam: Qibla Compass

A app that allows users to locate the direction of the qibla using their phones.

Qibla Compass – Prayer Times, Quran MP3 & Azan Copy

An app that allows you to locate the qibla direction accurately from anywhere in the world.

Mindfulness Apps

Insight Timer

A meditation app with a large free library of guided meditations.

Smiling Mind

A web and app-based meditation program.

UCLA Mindful App

An app to practice mindfulness meditation anywhere, anytime with the guidance of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.

Recommended Reading

The How to Inner Peace

Kellough, Constance

The No-nonsense Meditation Book

Laureys, Steven

Total Meditation

Chopra, Deepak

What Makes You So Busy?


Meditation Is Not What You Think

Kabat-Zinn, Jon

Practical Meditation

Dienstmann, Giovanni

We would like to recognize community members who donated prayer mats and lent their guidance in the creation of this space.