Williamsburg Regional Library Card Policy to Change

 December 3, 2010

WILLIAMSBURG REGIONAL LIBRARY CARD POLICY TO CHANGE IN EARLY 2011

Newly approved changes to Williamsburg Regional Library's lending policies will affect some who currently use library services at its two buildings and mobile vehicles. Beginning Feb. 1, 2011 the library will stop honoring all cards held by those who reside outside the City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County. The changes are a result of a vote by the library's governing Board of Trustees at their regular monthly meeting held Dec. 1 at the Williamsburg Library.

"The Board of Trustees took this action with great reluctance and with a deep understanding of the implications of this change for the service provision of a five-star library," said Williamsburg Regional Library Board Chair Susan S. Geary. "However, in this current economic and political climate where the library has received budget reductions and looks at a future that is full of uncertainty, it became evident that to sustain financial support the library must restrict its circulation privileges to users who live in localities that directly fund Williamsburg Regional Library," she said.

The newly enacted policy reads: "Anyone who resides or owns a business or property in a city or county that funds the Williamsburg Regional Library may obtain a library card. Card privileges may be restricted. A list of privileges is available upon request."

As a result of the library board's action, only those with valid library cards will be able to check out material from Williamsburg Regional Library's collections as of Feb. 1.

"Non-residents may continue to use the Williamsburg Regional Library's materials in-house, ask library staff members for help, attend events in both library buildings and use public computers," says Library Director John A. Moorman. "Every Virginia resident has a local public library that is open and available for use. I encourage those affected by this policy change to contact your local public library and make use of its facilities, materials and services," he said. Moorman also said that those having questions about this new policy are welcome to contact him at (757) 259-7777 or jmoorman@wrl.org.

Williamsburg Regional Library consists of the James City County Library, Mobile Library Services and the Williamsburg Library and serves more than 85,000 people in the City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County.