Fairfax County Public Library

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McLean branch of Fairfax County Public Library in 2002
Sherwood branch of Fairfax County Public Library in 2014

The Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) is a public library system headquartered in Suite 324 in the Fairfax County Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway in unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, United States.[1][2] Hennen's American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR) has ranked the system among the top 10 libraries in the United States (for its size of 500,000+ residents) five times in the past 10 years.[3]

According to the library's timeline, the first Fairfax County Library opened in 1939.[4] As of September 2010, there are 23 library branches, eight of which are regional branches, 14 are smaller community branches, and one which assists people with disabilities. The library also oversees the county's Archives and Records Management Branch. The library's service area spans both the county and Fairfax City, serving nearly half a million registered users.[5] The library system is the largest in Virginia in terms of population served (over one million people between Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax).[citation needed]

In the library's 2010 fiscal year (through June 2010), nearly 14 million items were borrowed from its collection of nearly three million books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and other items. Nearly 5.7 million visits were made to the branches, and website visits reached almost 5 million.[5]

The library offers a wide variety of services both in the branches and via the Web site. The library has computers for access to the Internet, the catalog, ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, and databases. The library sponsors various programs: national and local author readings and book signings, local musical concerts, and events for the diverse population.

As of August 2010, the library staff includes the equivalent of over 430 full-time employees, 125 of which hold Master's degrees in library science. The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) employees dropped to 380 at the end of FY2013 in the wake of the library's continuing budget cuts. Volunteers donated over 153,200 hours in 2010.[5] The Director of the library is Edwin S. Clay III, who has served in his current position for more than twenty-five years.



  1. ^ "Directions to Library Administration." Fairfax County Public Library. Retrieved on April 4, 2009.
  2. ^ "Facilities & Locations." Fairfax County. Retrieved on April 4, 2009.
  3. ^ "Libraries by Frequency in Top Ten". Hennen's American Public Library Ratings. April 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Timeline of the Fairfax County Public Library". Fairfax County government. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Fact Sheet about the Fairfax County Public Library". Fairfax County government. August 19, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 

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