We received 14,504 responses and over 5,000 written comments, a rate of response that absolutely floored us.
We are reading all of the comments, and will publish the complete survey results and findings this fall.
Here’s what we can tell you now:
Will print materials (books) be cut?
No. Arlington Public Library is committed to providing popular collections (bestselling books, DVDs, children’s books) and maintaining the lowest possible wait times. This survey asked about collections that have different usage patterns and cost structures than physical items such as books.
Is the budget cut now in effect?
Yes. As of July 1, 2018, the County is in the FY 2019 budget year. The Library collections budget has been reduced by 17 percent, or $250,000. Decisions on how to absorb this reduction will be made throughout the coming year and we will continue to keep you informed.
How will the Library make decisions about what materials to cut?
The survey will help inform our decisions but it is not the sole factor. We will also look at usage, cost, and what overlap exists among collections. Again, please stay tuned for more information.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Arlington Public Library. It’s you who make us who we are.