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Strategic Planning

Public engagement initiatives and strategic planning for FCPL


About the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL)

FCPL operates eight regional libraries, fourteen community libraries, and Access Services (offering customized services for residents with visual and physical disabilities) conveniently located to serve all the residents of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. Through these twenty-three public service sites and via the library website, residents can access nearly three million items. A sample of the library’s array of materials includes digital and print books, audiobooks on CD, DVDs, magazines (traditional and online), thermal imaging cameras, nature backpacks, early literacy outreach, and many other information sources and learning opportunities for Fairfax County’s diverse population.

Purpose of the Plan

The Fairfax County Public Library’s strategic plan for 2018-2022 builds on the findings and recommendations of the library’s recent Public Engagement Initiative. Informed by the initiative, shaped by the priorities of the Library Board of Trustees and strengthened by the vision of the Library Director, this plan will serve as the roadmap to guide the library’s work over the next five years.

This plan features a new vision statement, a new mission statement, a list of new values with accompanying statements, as well as new goals and objectives. The plan will be dynamic, evolving as the library adjusts to challenges and opportunities. Regular review and evaluation by library staff, management and the Library Board will enable the library to gauge its progress toward achieving the plan’s stated goals and objectives as well as manage change with flexibility and adjust to emerging trends.

This plan seeks to foster a culture of creativity and forward momentum felt by library staff, library partners, and library users.

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