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Board of Trustees Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide to the members of the Fairfax County Library (FCPL) Board of Trustees, the Library Administration and staff, all of the basic statutes, regulations and policies pertinent to the overall direction of FCPL

Policy Regarding Organization Of Library Facilities

  1. Library Administration
    Library Administration organizes and manages the Library system according to policies of the Board and assures delivery of services to the public.
  2. Technical Operations
    Technical Operations selects, acquires, catalogs, and provides maintenance guidelines for collection materials of the Fairfax County Public Library System.
  3. Branch Services
    The Fairfax County Public Library System is a coordinated network of libraries of various sizes, Technical Operations, and Library Administration. There are two categories of libraries based on size: Regional Libraries and Community Libraries. Guidelines and criteria for establishment of libraries have been adopted.11 All Fairfax County Public Library branches will be designed per the Library Design Manual.
    1. Regional Libraries
      Regional Libraries will have a larger footprint than Community Libraries, which will often allow for a bigger collection of physical materials than possible in Community Libraries. Regional Library collections should contain a minimum of 100,000 items. Meeting and quiet study rooms will be provided. Group study rooms may be provided as space permits.

    2. Community Libraries
      Community Libraries will vary in size depending upon available space. Community Library collections should contain a minimum of 50,000 items. Meeting rooms will be provided as space permits. Quiet study rooms and/or group study rooms may be provided as space permits.

    3. Pop-Up/Mobile/Mini Libraries
      Pop-Up/Mobile/Mini Libraries may be used to address short-term outreach needs, mobile library needs, or smaller scale library needs.

11 Guidelines for Establishment of Libraries & Facility Size Standards, Addendum 11


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