About Us

Our Mission

Mission Statement

We promote reading and lifelong learning, connect people with the information they need, and enrich community life.

Vision

We believe public libraries are vital to the community. We strive to deliver excellent library service through equitable access to a variety of materials, innovative technologies, and attractive facilities. We anticipate and respond to the needs of a diverse community. We improve the quality of individual and community life.

We Believe In

  • Equitable access to information
  • Continuous learning
  • Exploring new ideas and fostering creativity
  • Outstanding customer service
  • Balanced, relevant, and responsive collections
  • Planning for the future
  • A dynamic staff that incorporates these values to accomplish our mission

Library Services Plan

In December 2010, Henrico County Public Library began a year-long initiative to gather input from all stakeholders in developing a plan for the future that was streamlined, achievable and updated regularly. The mission, vision, beliefs, and goals on this page reflect this input. Click here for more about the history and to read comments received during the initiative.


Goal 1 - Collections


Books, eBooks, DVD, Materials

Our customers will be offered a responsive and relevant collection that is available in a timely manner.

Goal 2 - Community Outreach


Multicultural, Public Relations, Outreach, Bookmobile, ESL, Seniors

We will offer services and programs that reach out to Henrico County's changing population in ways that respond to their unique and diverse needs.

Goal 3 - Services


Customer Service, Classes, Programs, Processes (Circulation)

We will provide our customers with positive experiences that meet their needs and expectations and that enrich community life.

Goal 4 - Spaces


Buildings, Hours, Rooms, Cafes

All libraries will be welcoming and engaging places that provide maximum accessibility and an array of spaces to meet our community's growing needs.

Director's Message

  • Welcome to the Henrico County Public Library. Our mission is to promote reading and lifelong learning, connect people with the information they need, and enrich community life. We do this by serving the public in-person at our ten library locations, through our Mobile Library Service for retirement facilities and day care centers, and online 24-7 via our web site and digital services.

    We want to make your library experience the best it can be. We offer many diverse resources to the community. These range from a large and responsive collection of print books, e-books, magazines and DVDs to educational experiences like storytimes, book clubs, teen and adult programs, computer classes, STEAM and digital media creation, and 3-D printing. We provide free wifi at all library locations, and hundreds of public computing stations across the county. We offer homework and tax help and job search assistance. We provide a variety of meeting spaces that can accommodate from two to one hundred people and can be conveniently reserved online. We answer questions in our libraries, over the phone, and online via email, text, and chat. Our staff works hard to accomplish our mission.

    We believe libraries are vital to the community. At Henrico County Public Library, we strive to deliver excellent library service through equitable access to a variety of materials, innovative technologies, and attractive facilities. We aim to anticipate and respond to the needs of a diverse community and improve the quality of individual and community life for everyone. We value continuous learning for all, exploring new ideas and creativity, and outstanding customer service.

    We encourage you to visit our libraries, sign-up for a card, check out our books and enriching programs, and follow us on social media. Consider joining our Friends of HCPL or volunteering with us. We invite you to see what we at HCPL can do for you and your family. We welcome your feedback and ideas about our services.

    Your support makes Henrico a great place to live and learn. Reading changes lives and libraries build community. We are happy you are here with us.

    Barbara Weedman
    Library Director
    • Barbara Weedman
      Barbara Weedman
      Library Director

Contact Us

Ask A Librarian

Ask a Librarian

Our Ask A Librarian information service allows you to ask brief, factual questions of HCPL staff and receive your response through text or email, or live chat when available.

Contact your Library

Our Locations pages have the phone numbers, addresses, and manager contact information for all our libraries.

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Library Administrative Offices


  • Henrico County Public Library
  • 1700 N. Parham Rd.
  • Henrico, VA 23229

Barbara Weedman
Director


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  •   (804) 501-1901

Kara Rothman
Assistant Director


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  •   (804) 501-1902

Michele James
Administrative Assistant


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  •   (804) 501-1907

Alicia Ahlvers
Public Services Administrator


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  •   (804) 501-1905

Patty Conway
Community Relations Coordinator


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  •   (804) 501-1906

Library Advisory Board 2018

TUCKAHOE DISTRICT


Tammy R. Johnson Beard, Chair

  • HCPL Administrative Offices
  • 1700 North Parham Road
  • Henrico, VA 23229-4664
  •  (804) 836-2319 cell
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VARINA DISTRICT


Gail A. Atkins, Vice Chair

  • 8141 Carters Mill Road
  • Henrico VA 23231‑7726
  •  (804) 350-3390 office
  •  (804) 795-5892 fax
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BROOKLAND DISTRICT


James A. Fueglein

  • 2422 Kenmore Road
  • Henrico VA 23228‑5924
  •  (804) 353-6525 home
  •  (804) 441-3011 cell
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FAIRFIELD DISTRICT


Dr. Harmohinder P. Singh‑Sandhu

  • 505 Plantation Drive
  • Richmond VA 23227‑1223
  •  (804) 264-7180 home
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THREE CHOPT DISTRICT


Goutam Gandhi

  • 5416 McFall Court
  • Glen Allen VA 23059‑3437
  •  (804) 935-0559 home
  •  (804) 525-0240 cell
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Barbara Weedman


Library Director

  • 1700 North Parham Road
  • Henrico VA 23229‑4664
  •  (804) 501-1901 office
  •  (804) 239-2490 cell
  •  (804) 270-2982 fax
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W. Brandon Hinton


County Manager's Representative
Deputy County Manager for Administration

  • P.O. Box 90775
  • Henrico VA 23273‑0775
  •  (804) 501-4515 office
  •  (804) 501-4162 fax
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Awards

2018 Outstanding Adult Program

Death Cafes and Bereavement Groups

Awarded by the Virginia Public Library Director's Association

Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) partnered with Alane Ford (formerly Alane Miles) of James River Home Health and Hospice to provide programs dedicated to supportive discussion of death and grief. People of all ages experience the loss of loved ones and colleagues, and, like many other localities, Henrico County is experiencing the effects of the age wave as the Baby Boomer generation enters retirement. Facing the need to provide information and support to a population increasingly experiencing grief, and desiring to break through the stigma surrounding conversations of death and dying, Ms. Ford offered her expertise to provide Death Cafés and Bereavement Groups at HCPL. The programs provide a needed community service, leverage the reputation of the library as a safe space to learn and explore ideas, and provide an outreach opportunity for James River Home Health and Hospice. Programs have been attended by community members of all ages, and due to demand, the program has expanded from annual Death Café events into monthly Bereavement Group meetings.

2018 NACo Achievement Award

Night Sky Astronomy

Awarded by the National Association of Counties

Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) first partnered with the Richmond Astronomical Society to present “Observe the Moon Night” in 2015 at Twin Hickory Library. The program aimed to provide a community event that would be educational and enjoyable for library patrons of all ages. It was an instant success, attracting 100 participants ranging in age from small children to senior citizens. Members of the Richmond Astronomical Society supplied high-quality telescopes, instructed viewers on using the equipment, and provided information about the moon and other celestial objects they could view. Observe the Moon Night was soon replicated at the Tuckahoe Library, drawing another large crowd. In 2017, HCPL was invited to participate in the national NASA @ My Library project and continued a partnership with Richmond Astronomical Society to increase STEM programming in Henrico. The program goal was expanded beyond providing an event for families to increasing access to scientific learning opportunities for Henrico residents. “Night Sky Astronomy” programs at Libbie Mill and Varina Libraries drew large and highly diverse crowds at little cost to the library system.

2018 NACo Achievement Award

Interactive Teen Displays

Awarded by the National Association of Counties

Teen programming in public libraries typically emphasizes group participation in scheduled events and provides opportunities for teens to socialize with their peers. As a result, introverted teens and teens who lack transportation may not have the same opportunities as their more sociable or mobile peers to engage with the library. To accommodate these teens through an engaging, passive program, librarians at Libbie Mill Library in Henrico, Virginia began creating monthly, interactive displays aiming to inform, entertain, and encourage teens to contribute and explore responses. Since June 2016, more than 3,300 teens have interacted with the displays which have covered a range of topics including: New Year’s Resolutions, Summer Reading, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Pride Month, and Earth Day. Librarians have found that the displays foster and strengthen relationships between teens, their peers, and library staff. The displays successfully engage teens with library services on their own schedule and on their own terms with the ultimate goal of inspiring teens to become lifelong library users.

2018 NACo Achievement Award

Death Cafes and Bereavement Groups

Awarded by the National Association of Counties

Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) partnered with Alane Ford (formerly Alane Miles) of James River Home Health and Hospice to provide programs dedicated to supportive discussion of death and grief. People of all ages experience the loss of loved ones and colleagues, and, like many other localities, Henrico County is experiencing the effects of the age wave as the Baby Boomer generation enters retirement. Facing the need to provide information and support to a population increasingly experiencing grief, and desiring to break through the stigma surrounding conversations of death and dying, Ms. Ford offered her expertise to provide Death Cafés and Bereavement Groups at HCPL. The programs provide a needed community service, leverage the reputation of the library as a safe space to learn and explore ideas, and provide an outreach opportunity for James River Home Health and Hospice. Programs have been attended by community members of all ages, and due to demand, the program has expanded from annual Death Café events into monthly Bereavement Group meetings.

2017 NACo Achievement Award

Library Author Showcase

Awarded by the National Association of Counties

authorShowcaseAwardAwardThe Henrico Community Author Showcase is a public library program which allows local authors to present and promote their books and discuss and connect with other writers and readers in the community at a Henrico County Public Library (HCPL). A unique feature of this program is that it operates as “self-serve.” The program allows local authors to sign-up and share their books during a 90-minute evening time slot at an area library. Authors can read, discuss their writing process, sell, sign, and promote their book. The program enables authors to donate a copy of their book to the library’s collection for checkout and to make an optional donation to the Friends of the Henrico County Public Library. The program is mutually beneficial to authors and libraries. The Henrico Community Author Showcase meets all three key points of the library’s mission via this program: promoting reading, connecting people with the information they need, and enriching community life.

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LEED

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.

Henrico County Public Library is proud of its four LEED libraries, the Gayton Branch Library, Glen Allen Branch Library, Libbie Mill Area Library, and Varina Area Library. Learn more about the environmentally friendly features of these buildings on the pages listed below.

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