Policy Regarding Organization Of Library Facilities

  1. Library Administrative Support Services Center
    1. Library System Administration
      The Administration organizes and manages the Library system according to policies of the Board and assures delivery of services via the regional system of libraries to the public.
    2. Library Support Services to the County
      The objective of the Library support services is designed to provide specialized support to the County/City governments such as legislative information services (LIS), archives and records management, Virginiana Collection of County and State documents, and municipal reference. General public services included herein are: talking books, books by mail, outreach, audiovisual, CATV studios, inter and intra loans, and centralized information and reference services.
  2. Criteria for Planning Regional Concept of Library Services
    The Fairfax County Public Library System is a coordinated network of libraries of various sizes with an administrative support services center.
    1. Categories of Libraries
      There are two major categories of libraries based on size and function: Regional Libraries and Branch Libraries. Guidelines and criteria for establishment of libraries have been adopted. 11
      1. Regional Libraries

        Regional Libraries will contain the most comprehensive collection of materials in the System to serve all Fairfax County/City citizens. They will collectively be the principal resource, information and research centers with the largest collections of retrospective materials.

        The collections will be developed along strong subject divisions such as music and performing arts; visual arts; business, economics and technology; literature, languages, fiction, social sciences, history and biography. They will include all types of material for circulation; e.g., books, periodicals, records and cassettes, and audiovisual material. A minimum collection of 100,000 volumes includes a popular collection of general interest and resources to support information needs of the principal service area. This collection will have added copies of in-demand titles and broad strength in all subject areas within financial and special constraints.

        The Regional collections will include the largest holdings in microform, records and audiovisual materials. Extensive back runs of periodicals can be maintained in microfilm and fiche. The subject divisions will be supported and enhanced by the availability of non-print material.

        The Reference collection in each Region's subject division will be the System's most extensive with specialized reference and research tools in one location where specialized staff can exploit the collection to the fullest. In addition, the reference collection will be more comprehensive than found at Branches, yet supported by the extensive strength of the other Regional general and specialized collections. The Regional Collection should provide general information sources for patrons in the service area.

        Meeting rooms will be provided.

      2. Branch Libraries
        Branch libraries fall into three categories: large community, small community and neighborhood/portable and mobile designed to meet the basic needs of each principal service area.
        1. Large Community Libraries
          Large Community Libraries will contain a minimum of 50,000 volumes. The collection will offer high-demand titles of popular and current material. A current and general information service will cover all subject areas as needed. Backup collections are provided at the Regionals.
          Microform may be available in Large Communities as required.
          Audiovisual, non-print material will be available to meet demands of the community.
          Meeting Room will be provided if space permits.
        2. Small Community Libraries
          Small Community Libraries will contain a minimum of 25,000 volumes. The collection will offer a limited selection of current and popular material with an emphasis on fiction, generally popular non-fiction and self-help selections.
          Information services will be limited. The collection will reflect current and accurate information of a very general level.
          A small popular audiovisual collection will be maintained.
          Meeting Room will be provided if space permits.
        3. Neighborhood/Portable and Mobile Libraries
          A remote or highly congested area could qualify for a neighborhood library or a mini-library which consists largely of popular paperbacks and high turnover materials.
          Bookmobiles or special-purpose vehicles may provide library services to residents living in rural areas, nursing homes, or others who may be unable to get to a library facility.

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

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