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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 at our nine 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

Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

We are working on increasing equity in our library services, and we want to hear from you. We have solicited input from our staff, and formed an Equitability Task Force to take action to better serve Black people, people of color, LGBTQIA+ folks, persons with disabilities, persons experiencing poverty and homelessness, and other groups who may face barriers to library access. We formed a committee to address the unique challenges of our community’s new immigrants and English language learners. We plan to build in questions of equity into our planning processes for outreach to Black Henricoans, communities of color, non-English speakers, and other community groups. Please know that we are doing research into this ourselves, and do not expect our Black patrons, our patrons of color, or persons belonging to any oppressed or marginalized group to do this work for us. We are librarians, we are dedicated to learning and to public service, and we are taking action.

Our Values

We believe the library can be a space for joy and fulfillment. All are welcome here, to learn, convene, collaborate, accomplish, and grow. Because libraries provide resources for individual exploration and community exchange, we believe the library can be a space for healing, where people come together, expand their consciousness, and transcend their pain. Learning and the intellect are fundamental to human life, and community life. We believe the library can be a transformative space.

Equity and Inclusion Initiatives at HCPL

We are committed to building equity at HCPL for the long term. Please check back to this page as we continue our work. We will add information about specific library services and resources that are added and augmented as we build equity at HCPL. If you wish to share your ideas, please contact Angie Bennett (abennett@henricolibrary.org) and Patty Conway (pconway@henricolibrary.org) with your questions, concerns, and suggestions about equitability of library services.

Future Goals

  • Community Conversation program
  • Computer access cards
  • Diversity Audit of HCPL collection
  • Staff training on bias and microaggressions
  • Library Services Plan

2020

  • Spanish-language webpage
  • Equitability Task Force formed June 2020 to fast-track system-wide equity initiatives on administrative and policy levels
  • IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) committee formed June 2020 to increase equity and inclusion in public programming
  • Multilingual Translations of library welcome materials made available to all locations July/August 2020

2019

  • PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative Summer 2019
  • Hiring notices placed with ALA Black Caucus and at HBCUs
  • First LGBTQIA+ Book Discussion Group
  • First Multilingual Storytime at Tuckahoe Library

2018

  • All Henrico Reads with Reyna Grande; community conversation about the immigrant experience in Henrico, April-May 2018
  • Diversity and Inclusion Staff Development training with Jonathan Zur of Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities October 2018
  • Homeward training for staff to assist people experiencing homelessness
  • First Bilingual Storytime at Libbie Mill Library
  • Autism 101 staff training with the Faison Center
  • Youth Services staff training with Side by Side
  • Sensory Storytimes for children on the Autism Spectrum available in Eastern and Western Henrico

2017

  • Fairfield Library community engagement and outreach for planning and design, 2017-2019
  • NASA @ My Library initiative to bring STEM education to libraries serving populations underrepresented in STEM career fields, 2017‑2019
  • Formation of HCPL Outreach Department
  • Mental Health First Aid Training

Contact Us

Contact your Library

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

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.

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Library Administrative Offices


  • Henrico County Public Library
  • 1700 N. Parham Rd.
  • Henrico, VA 23229
  • (804) 501-1900 phone
  • (804) 270-2982 fax

Michele James
Administrative Assistant


  •   mjames@henricolibrary.org
  •   (804) 501-1907

Patty Conway
Community Relations Coordinator

Alicia Ahlvers
Public Services Administrator


  •   aahlvers@henricolibrary.org
  •   (804) 501-1905

Angie Bennett
Public Services Administrator


  •   abennett@henricolibrary.org
  •   (804) 501-1904

Barbara Weedman
Director


  •   bweedman@henricolibrary.org
  •   (804) 501-1900

Kara Rothman
Assistant Director


  •   krothman@henricolibrary.org
  •   (804) 501-1900

Library Advisory Board

TUCKAHOE DISTRICT


Tammy R. Johnson Beard

LAB-Tuckahoe@henricolibrary.org

VARINA DISTRICT

BROOKLAND DISTRICT


Jackson C. Knox, Vice Chair

LAB-Brookland@henricolibrary.org

FAIRFIELD DISTRICT

THREE CHOPT DISTRICT


Goutam Gandhi, Chair

LAB-Three-Chopt@henricolibrary.org

Barbara Weedman


Library Director

Awards

2020 Library Journal 5-Star Library

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.

2020 National Association of Counties (NACo) Awards

Multilingual Storytimes

Awarded by the National Association of Counties

Librarians at Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) leveraged personal experience, professional expertise, and a commitment to inclusive services to create storytimes for English Language Learners that meet community needs and can be conducted by staff with or without special language skills. Using rhymes and songs from his childhood, and building upon his existing knowledge through research of Pura Belpré and José-Luis Orozco, one HCPL librarian began hosting a Spanish-English bilingual storytime, Cuentos Bilingües, in 2017. Inspired by the success of Cuentos Bilingües, a librarian at HCPL’s Tuckahoe Library created a multilingual storytime, Hello!, for English Language Learning families who speak a variety of languages, though she herself is only fluent in English. Languages represented in Henrico County Public Library storytimes now reflect the diversity of the County’s residents, and multilingual storytimes have proven popular, with strong attendance and positive feedback.

2020 National Association of Counties (NACo) Awards

Advanced Digital Literacy Skill Building

Awarded by the National Association of Counties

Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) sought to modernize its services and meet the needs of jobseekers with advanced digital literacy and skill-building classes in its Digital Media Labs. HCPL opened its first Digital Media Lab at the Libbie Mill Library in 2015 after piloting the concept at its Twin Hickory location. Library staff created curricula to develop digital literacy skills in applications like Adobe Creative Suite software, 3D modeling and printing, and coding while continuing to offer traditional computer classes like Microsoft Office and Internet Basics. The Varina Area Library opened in 2016 with a Digital Media Lab, and staff created applied concept classes like 3D printed crafting, video game programming, and other engaging subjects that offered an accessible entry point to learning digital skills for patrons of all ages. The new Fairfield Area Library opened in 2019 with a Digital Media Lab, and HCPL updated the Twin Hickory and Tuckahoe Area Libraries’ labs with comparable technology to the existing labs. Now all five Area Libraries, one in each magisterial district in Henrico County, provide free access to high-tech digital literacy education and digital content creation tools, removing barriers to developing digital skills.

2020 National Association of Counties (NACo) Awards

Trailblazers Wall

Awarded by the National Association of Counties

The Trailblazers Wall at the Fairfield Area Library in Henrico, Virginia is an inclusive, dynamic digital history wall that showcases biographies of individuals whose lives and work had major impacts on the county, the state, and the nation. Inspired by the Supervisor of the Fairfield District, content for the wall was selected by a committee of community members knowledgeable about local history, with the goal of inspiring paths in life for young people of the Fairfield District. The resulting wall highlights many people of color and women whose historical narratives have been submerged, and demonstrates how community engagement can lead to more inclusive and valuable services in public libraries. Public response and usage patterns show that the inclusive historical display has deeply resonated with the community, and that local history has a natural home in public libraries.

2020 National Association of Counties (NACo) Awards

LGBTQIA+ Book Discussion

Awarded by the National Association of Counties

Henrico County Public Library created the LGBTQIA+ Book Discussion Group to improve service to the LGBTQIA community. Through a combination of outreach, thoughtful planning, intentional materials selection, and flexible program design, the book discussion has established a healthy following. The book discussion group improves community engagement with the library through conversations about books with LGBTQIA authors, themes, and characters. The group’s success indicates that the library is establishing itself as a welcoming community space for members of the LGBTQIA community.

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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 five LEED libraries, the Fairfield Area Library, 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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