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Strategic Plan

21st-Century Priorities

CRRL LogoThe recent completion of our Strategic Plan has allowed the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL)  to update our mission and vision to directly align with our role as an educational institution for the entire community. Although the words have changed, customers can still count on the same high-quality service that they have always experienced at CRRL.

Our new Mission: Inspiring lifelong learning for everyone in our community.

Our updated Vision: The Central Rappahannock Regional Library improves lives through the transformative power of information, learning, and ideas to meet the growing needs of our region.

In the 21st century, libraries are about more than books. Here’s what some of the over 6,000 survey respondents consider the most important library activities for our immediate future.

  • 93% Reading and literacy advocacy
  • 93% Learning and educational support
  • 92% Technology and information access for all citizens
  • 90% Early childhood literacy and school readiness programs
  • 89% Print, digital, and media collections
  • 88% Places to read, study, work, and relax

Professional, entrepreneurial, and job seeker resources, as well as local history preservation and research, were also some of the top responses.

  • 84% of respondents rated CRRL as very important or important to the community.
  • 80% of respondents visit the library to check out books, movies, or audio, and 95% rated those library activities as very important or important.

The Strategic Plan itself, attached below, is a dynamic tool, allowing us to set priorities that will allow us to better engage and serve. We will use it to inform our day-to-day operations and to direct our future in the following directions:

READ – Encourage everyone in our region to read, view, and listen.

LEARN – Promote lifelong learning from birth to higher education and beyond.

MEET – Create thriving spaces where the community connects, accesses library resources, and shares their ideas and stories.

INNOVATE – Provide collections and services that aid in soliciting ideas, building skills, supporting lifelong learning, and sparking creativity

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete a survey or attend a focus group. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Download the Strategic Plan (PDF)