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Louisa County is pleased to announce additional weekly hours at the Louisa County Library, beginning no later than July 1, 2019.
“Many of our citizens place a high value on the services offered by the library,” said Louisa County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Duane Adams. “More hours, especially in the evenings, allows better access for those coming home from work or students who need a place to do research after school.”
Details are in the works, but the additional hours will likely be added to both mornings and evenings to allow additional access to citizens. The change was agreed to during budget negotiations between the Board of Supervisors and Jefferson Madison Regional Library (JMRL) system representatives.
Use of the Library remains strong. Louisa residents checked out 92,983 items from the library in 2018, and checked out over 500,000 items over the last five years. Nearly 10,000 downloadable electronic books and downloadable audiobooks were accessed in 2018, up by over 1,000 titles from the year before. The library organized over 250 programs in 2018, and approximately 6,750 people attended them.
“It’s a win-win,” said County Administrator Christian Goodwin. I’m grateful to the library’s management for their willingness to meet the County’s needs.”
"The JMRL Board of Trustees welcomes Louisa County's financial support of an expanded schedule for the library in the coming fiscal year,” said Marcia McDuffie, Library Board President and Nelson County Trustee. “This increase in hours of operation will provide improved service for the library's patrons in Louisa and better access to critical facilities for both children and adults."
The Library has also enjoyed a number of recent improvements, including expanded parking, a new roof, and numerous interior upgrades. The Louisa Library Foundation provided funding and the County’s General Services staff has guided the efforts.
"We’re thrilled to be able to offer expanded service hours next fiscal year, thanks to the support of the Louisa County Board of Supervisors and staff,” said David Plunkett, Library Director. "Between these new hours and the beautiful ongoing interior and exterior renovations at the library by the Louisa Library Foundation, fiscal year 2020 is shaping up to be a banner year for the readers and learners of Louisa County."