Fairfax County Public Library

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Dolley Madison library (McLean) of Fairfax County Public Library in 2002
Sherwood Regional library (Hybla Valley, Alexandria) of Fairfax County Public Library in 2014

The Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) is a public library system headquartered in Suite 324 of The Fairfax County Government Center 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 May 2015, there are 23 library branches—8 regional branches, 14 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 and several local jurisdictions through reciprocity agreements 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 Public computers for access to the Internet, catalog computers, ebooks, downloadable eaudiobooks, and subscription databases. The library and their Friends groups sponsor various programs, such as children's story times, national and local author readings and book signings, local musical concerts, technology classes and one-on-one sessions, and special events for the county's diverse population.

The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) employees dropped to 379 in FY2014 from 430 at the end of FY2013 in the wake of the library's continuing budget cuts. Volunteers donated over 124,000 hours in 2014.[5] The Director of the library is Sam (Edwin S.) Clay III, who has served in his current position for more than twenty-five years.


Non-Resident Privileges[edit]

Library cards are available to non-residents without charge who work, go to school in, or owns property in Fairfax County, or who live, work, own property or go to school in the City of Fairfax, or the Towns of Herndon or Vienna. A card is also available free for a person who lives, works or owns property in a jurisdiction that provides reciprocal privileges. Thus, cards are available for free for residents, property owners and employees working in the District of Columbia; the Maryland Counties of Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince Georges; the Virginia Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park; and the Virginia counties of Arlington, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William. All others who do not qualify may obtain a card for $27 a year.

Nearby Public Library Systems[edit]


  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. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 

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