Awarded by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government at VCU Excellence in Virginia Government Awards
Henrico County Public Library's Fairfield Area Library is selected for its innovative, first-of-its-kind “Work and Play Stations."
The Fairfield Area Library is Henrico County’s newest library. It opened with a unique, custom feature, the innovative “Work and Play Stations” which were developed by HCPL staff with the library's design team as a solution to a common problem parents and caregivers experience at the library. The solution was the installation of stations available at some computer areas to allow parents or caregivers to use the computer while their child is safe inside an adjoining playpen-like structure. This is especially helpful for people who use the public computers to search for jobs or who need to do homework or research and do not have access to childcare.
The new Fairfield Area Library was selected to be recognized by a panel of leading industry experts for its outstanding interior design. This award honors excellence in library interior design and promotes examples of extraordinary design reflected through innovative concepts.
Fairfield Area Library was recognized by the Richmond chapter of the American Institute of Architects. AIA Richmond’s design awards recognize outstanding design, both built and unbuilt. Consideration is given to aesthetics, social impact, innovation, context, performance, and stewardship of the natural environment.
HCPL received Four Stars from Library Journal's annual national Star Libraries review. The system is one of only ten library systems nationwide in its expenditure range to receive a four star ranking.
HCPL was recognized as a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for 2020. The Library Journal Index rates U.S. public libraries based on selected per capita output measures. The 2020 Index derives from data recently released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for FY18. This year, 5,608 U.S. public libraries qualified to be rated in the Index. In this edition, there are 262 Star Libraries, each receiving three-Star, four-Star, or five-Star designations.