For over 45 years, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library has earned many awards. The CRRL has repeatedly been named a Star Library by Library Journal for delivering excellent service, as measured by customer use, and was most recently honored as one of only three libraries in Virginia to be so named. The HAPLR Index ranked the CRRL fifth nationally for libraries its size for cost-effective use of tax dollars. The CRRL's success is only possible through strong regional cooperation, and we are grateful for the continued support of all the communities we serve the in counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland and the City of Fredericksburg.
Our success is a regional success story!
Libraries are all about books, of course, and, in 2015, people borrowed them more than 3.5 million times. Increasingly, libraries are also about movies, music, eBooks, eMagazines, and downloadable audiobooks. In fact, downloadable audiobook circulation increased nearly 15% in 2015!
Public libraries are also the place where people gather for meetings, classes and events, and to get answers from the library's research staff. People come to use computers and to connect to the Library’s WiFi. Even outside the buildings' walls, the CRRL is getting good use through the library's mobile app, catalog, and website. In increasing numbers, people request materials, manage their accounts, download books, and check out or renew items from wherever they are.
CRRL by the numbers in 2015:
Books, movies, and music: 693,718
Library customers: 183,498
Mobile App visits: 170,932
Attendance at classes & events: 87,000
Meetings held by groups: 20,377
Attendance at meetings: 173,827
WiFi use: 802,009
Computer-use sessions: 204,640
Website visits: 1,985,855
Research answers: 318,184
2015 was a great year for the CRRL. Here’s to a spectacular 2016!