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Prince William Public Library
History and Library Statistics

 

LIBRARY MISSION STATEMENT
The Prince William Public Library System supports the County vision of "A Community of Choice" through exceptional service, providing lifelong enrichment across both traditional and virtual environments.

 

 

STATISTICS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015

For Fiscal Year 2016, which ended on June 30, 2016, the Library System collected some amazing statistics.
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Did you know:
  • This past fiscal year, library facilities were visited 1.5 million times.
  • More than 3.6 million items were borrowed.
  • Our six full service library Information staff answered 392,951 reference questions and an additional 146,628 questions were answered by the staff at our five neighborhood libraries.
  • 3,871 special events and programs were offered to the community with 144,557 people in attendance.
  • 62,837 people used the Library System’s free public access computers for Internet access 281,319 times.
  • The Library System’s Web, Facebook, and digital pages were visited more than 6.9 million times.
  • And, thanks to the Library System’s many volunteers, 33,157 hours were donated to help with staffing our neighborhood libraries, assist with the summer reading program, and complete an amazing number of projects.
The Library System wishes to thank its patrons, staff and volunteers for another successful and busy year.
 Note:  All statistics are from Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016).

 
LIBRARY HISTORIES BY BRANCH

 
About Bull Run Regional Library

The second regional library to be built in Prince William County, the Bull Run Regional Library was officially dedicated and opened to the public on Saturday, June 25, 1994. 

The 25,000 square foot building features a 24 hour book drop, Community Room, a Quiet Study Room, and a Children's and Young Adult area.  Bull Run provides materials for adults, children and young adults in print and electronic/digital formats.  Bull Run offers programming for all ages as well as English and Spanish conversation clubs and a book discussion group. 

The Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC) is a specialized local history and genealogy collection located at the Bull Run Regional Library.  RELIC has the same hours of operation as Bull Run. RELIC's experienced staff is available to assist you in using the collection or with any questions you may have.

PLEASE NOTE our current hours:

While access to the RELIC collection is available whenever Bull Run Library is open, there may not always be a RELIC staff member available to help. If you require individual assistance and/or are traveling from a distance, you may wish to call 703-792-4540 and/or email to verify the hours when RELIC staff will be available.

About Central Community Library
Central Community Library first opened its doors in 1971. While library service to the residents of Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park was established in July 1952, a library bond referendum for the construction of the first permanent building did not take place until November 1967.

On February 26, 1968, Roger J. Costello, Mayor of Manassas Park, offered the Library Board a gift from the town of Manassas Park of approximately six acres and $100,000 to build a library between Parkside Elementary/Middle School and Route 28. Central Library opened for business on January 21, 1971. For many years Central Library served as the headquarters location for library administration and technical services.

Central Library has undergone several renovations during its 40 plus years of service.  The 23, 000 square foot building features a  24 hour book drop, Community Room, a Computer Lab, a Periodicals Room, a children’s area and a young adult area.  Central provides materials for adults, children and young adults in both print and electronic formats;  Library programming includes various performances, storytimes and craft programs for children, as well as book discussion groups, concerts, computer classes and educational offerings for adults.

About Chinn Park Regional Library
The first regional library to be built in Prince William County, Chinn Park is located in the 98-acre Chinn Regional Park at the intersection of the Prince William Parkway and Old Bridge Road. Chinn Park was constructed on the old "Camp 6" site, a work detention camp set up by the State Justice System and operational in the 1970s. 

The Chinn Regional Park, Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center and the Chinn Park Regional Library were named for Mary Jane Chinn and her family for their contributions to the Prince William County community. Mary Jane Chinn was born in 1827 and died in 1907. She is buried in the cemetery of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, still located on Telegraph Road in Woodbridge. Mary Jane and Tom Chinn were slaves who, after emancipation, purchased several hundred acres along what was formerly Davis Ford and Telegraph Roads in Woodbridge. They had eight sons. 

The Chinn Park Regional Library is 25,000 square feet  and features a dramatic clerestory window. Services include children’s and young adult material and programs, adult material and programs, a Quiet Study room, two individual study rooms, a prominent Information Desk, and a special service, MAGIC. 

The Management and Government Information Center (MAGIC), is a specialized collection of local, state and federal government information and services.  In MAGIC you will find documents, journals, a clipping file of local newspaper articles and a variety of electronic resources.  MAGIC staff is available to assist you in using the collection or with any questions you may have.  MAGIC has the same hours of operation as Chinn Park.

About Dale City Neighborhood Library
The fourth of six neighborhood libraries to open, Dale City's dedication ceremony took place on February 11, 1986. The library is a 2,475 square foot, single story, County owned structure. The Dale City Civic Association donated a mural for the children’s area as well as landscaping for the site. The library’s three flagpoles were donated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1503.

The library collection comprises about 26,000 items including audio books, DVD’s, magazines and children’s puzzles. There is a weekly storytime and Summer Reading programs remain a welcome summer activity for children, from infancy through grade 12. 

About Dumfries Neighborhood Library 
"The library that could not wait to open", Dumfries Neighborhood Library opened its doors to the public one year earlier than planned. Due to the availability of a leased site, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors switched the opening dates for Dale City and Dumfries.  The second neighborhood library, Dumfries opened its doors to the public on June 8, 1985.

In 1990, a literacy lab and tutoring room was dedicated. While the literacy lab no longer exists, the tutoring room dedicated by the Chinn Park Friends of the Library remains available to the public. Dumfries continues to serve the needs of a diverse community. The neighborhood library has a collection of 20,162 items that includes audio books and DVD’s. However, the collection size does fluctuate now that the library system has a floating collection. Dumfries has seven internet stations, fax services and a photo-copying machine for public use.

About Gainesville Neighborhood Library
After over 28 years of service the Gainesville Neighborhood Library has closed its doors. Patrons now can visit the new Haymarket Gainesville Community Library located down the road at the corner of Route 15 and Lightner Road.

About Haymarket Gainesville Community Library
Haymarket Gainesville Community Library opened on October 22, 2015 and is located at the intersection of Route 15 and Lightner Road.

Authorized by voters in the 2006 bond referendum, the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library is a 20,000 square foot full service facility with traditional services, such as checkout of materials, information and readers' advisory services, and children's programs and services. Also offered are less traditional services, such as digital resources, web-based library services, self-check-out, and public computers and wireless public Internet access. Also included on the property is a 200-year-old historic home, the Bushy Park Historic Home, intended to become a historic interpretive center and reading room partnered with the Historic Preservation Division.

About Independent Hill Neighborhood Library
The sixth, and final, neighborhood library to open, Independent Hill is located in the George Hellwig Memorial Park. Independent Hill opened on May 23, 1987.

The library's collection consists of approximately 17,000 items including books, DVDs, audio books, Playaways and magazines for all ages and interests. The library has two computer stations available to the public for internet use and offers fax services and a photo-copying machine for public use. There is also access to the full service libraries by telephone, computer terminal and delivery system.  
Tuesday morning story hours remain popular with young children. Summer Reading programs are a welcome summer activity. Independent Hill is staffed with one full-time and two part-time staff members and a large group of community volunteers.

About Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library
The first of six neighborhood libraries to open, Lake Ridge has had many distinctions throughout its 17-year history. The original 2,260 square foot facility opened on May 7, 1985.

On December 26, 1986 a fire in the upper level of the Tackett’s Mill Shopping Center caused major water damage to the collection and to Lake Ridge’s mural created by a local artist. The library closed for approximately one month and then reopened in a second floor facility.  On October 22, 1987, the library returned to its original site with a grand re-opening taking place on October 31st of that year.

During the budget reductions in the 1990’s, the Library Board of Trustees proposed closing Lake Ridge. Due to pleas from the community, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors directed the Library System to find other cuts in its budget.

On May 6, 1995, Lake Ridge moved once again to a building in Fairfield Office Park, adjacent to Tackett’s Mill. This second busiest neighborhood library has the distinction of being the library that has also moved the most!

About Montclair Community Library
The Montclair Community Library is located near the intersection of Route 234 (Dumfries Road) and Waterway Drive.

Authorized by voters in the 2006 bond referendum, the Montclair Community Library, which opened February 1, 2016, is a 20,000 square foot full service facility with traditional services, such as checkout of materials, information and readers' advisory services and children's programs and services. Also offered, are less traditional online services such as electronic resources, web based library services, self-check-out, and computers for public use and wireless public Internet access. The Barnes Historic House is located on the library's property.

About Nokesville Neighborhood Library
The third neighborhood library to open, Nokesville is the smallest library with only 1,653 square feet. The library opened on January 11, 1986.The only neighborhood library located in the "Rural Crescent", an area set aside by Prince William County as a rural enclave of 10-acre estates to insure limited, managed growth, Nokesville Neighborhood Library serves not only Prince William County residents but a significant number of Fauquier County residents as well. 

Nokesville Neighborhood Library features storytimes, fax service, a photocopier, dog licenses, an adult book discussion group, and a “floating” collection of approximately 17,000 items that includes audio books and DVDs.

About Potomac Community Library
​Library service to the residents of eastern Prince William County began in September, 1965 with the opening of the Leesylvania Branch Library on the first floor of the Prince William County Administration Building located in Gar-Field. In November, 1972 a $625,000.00 bond referendum passed and the Potomac Community Library was built on a site of the Potomac Hospital grounds.

The Potomac Community Library was officially dedicated and opened to the public on Saturday, January 25, 1975. 

The 18,000 square feet library features a community room, a children’s area, and 151,000 volumes.  

One of the distinguishing features of the building is its collection of stained glass windows created by artist Jean McKee Dunivin. In 1984, the first window was dedicated in memory of Potomac’s first Children’s Librarian, Mary Flanagan. Additional windows were added in 1989, 1992 and 1993. In 1996, a stained glass window in memory of Marion McCoole, a Potomac Circulation Supervisor, was dedicated.

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