Survey Confirms Library is Highly Valued as Cultural Center of Community
(Warrenton, VA) February 28, 2017 ̶ The Fauquier County Library 2016 Community Survey and Community Leaders’ Forum finds that the library is highly valued as a cultural center in the community.
Over 1,600 county residents completed the survey during the fall of 2016. In November, a group of community leaders representing a wide variety of county residents discussed preliminary survey results and developed recommendations for library services.
The study, designed and executed by Research America and funded by a PATH Foundation grant, was the first comprehensive assessment of library services undertaken in Fauquier County.
As a cultural center, respondents expect the library to be a place to access information and to meet and exchange ideas. While Bealeton and Marshall library users are satisfied with the services provided, Warrenton users rated available space and parking poorly. Community leaders concurred noting that “Warrenton is hampered by lack of physical space and parking in effectively fulfilling its role” as a central library for the county.
Other key findings include:
- 65% of library users visit the library at least once every few weeks.
- 91% primarily use the library to borrow books, DVDs, CDs or books on CD.
- 77% received assistance from a librarian.
- 63% of patrons are interested in more lifelong learning programs and activities, including attending an author talk or lecture, or learning a new technology skill.
- 77% of patrons rank room for a larger collection of books/physical resources a priority for redesigned library space.
“Clearly public libraries remain central to a thriving community. The survey has determined what citizens want from their local library and how it can continue to serve as a vital hub for Fauquier County residents,” said Patricia White, Library Board Chairman.
The full report with an appendix of additional information is available. Interested patrons can also review a hard copy of the report at each library location.
The library board and staff will review current and future services and will revise the library’s five-year plan to reflect survey findings. Moreover, results will be used to plan a new Warrenton library that will serve the community well into the 21st century.
The Fauquier County Public Library welcomes over 22,000 visitors each month. Locations are: Warrenton central library, 11 Winchester St.; Bealeton branch library, 10877 Willow Drive North; and John Marshall branch library, 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information about library events or locations.
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