WILLIAMSBURG REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT ON THE FUTURE OF LIBRARY BUILDINGS
Williamsburg Library needs your input on the future of the library buildings
– please take this quick survey
- Williamsburg Regional Library system is asking the community what it values in a library building and location in a new survey that will be live August 6-17.
- WRL and Greg Lukmire of RRMM Lukmire Architects will be co-hosting a series of community focus groups on August 22 to gather further information on the topics addressed in the survey.
To take the survey, head to www.wrl.org/survey between August 6-17.
What is important to you in a library building and location? Williamsburg Regional Library system is asking for community input in a new survey that will inform plans for new and/or renovated libraries.
The Williamsburg Regional Library System is jointly funded by three localities — James City County, the City of Williamsburg, and York County — with the system’s operating budget based on usage of the library by members of those communities. The combined resources of a regional system are what has given the community WRL, its nationally-recognized library. Based on its current strategic plan, the library system is assessing our library space needs in order to ensure that these spaces balance the community’s interest in collections with an interest in spaces in which to create, discover, and engage.
The survey, which will be live from August 6-17, asks our users and members of our community to directly weigh in on what they value in a library. Questions touch on a variety of topics, including the importance of external factors, like proximity to other types of businesses and the availability of parking, and internal factors, such as the types of meeting, study, and reading spaces available inside the library.
The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and it is open to anyone, including people who do not currently have a library card. The information collected from the survey will be shared with local officials to inform plans for new and renovated library buildings.
As a follow-up to the survey, WRL and Greg Lukmire of RRMM Lukmire Architects will hold a series of focus groups to gather further information about what this community wants in a library. There will one session each focused on the interests of senior citizens, members of the business community, families, teens, and the general public, however anyone is welcome to attend any of the sessions.
All sessions will take place on August 22 at the Stryker Center, located at 412 North Boundary Street. The schedule for the community focus groups is as follows:
- Senior Citizens: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- Members of the Business Community: 12-1 p.m.
- Families: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
- Teens: 3-4 p.m.
- General Public: 7-8 p.m.
“We know that Williamsburg Regional Library is much beloved and we want to hear from everyone about ways to continue to provide excellent services and spaces in the future,” said Natalie Miller Moore, chair of WRL’s Board of Trustees. “Please take the survey and let us know what matters to you.”
To take the survey, head to www.wrl.org/survey between August 6-17. For more information about any of Williamsburg Regional Library’s recent or upcoming building projects, head towww.wrl.org/wrl-building-
Williamsburg Regional Library consists of the James City County Library, the Stryker Center, and the Williamsburg Library and serves more than 85,000 people in the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County.