Questions remain over Lancaster Community Library funding

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—While the Lancaster Community Library (LCL) is a popular community resource, the county is questioning how much financial support they can afford to put behind it and asking who else should be paying.

LCL director Alice Cooper on February 27 shared with the board of supervisors some of the highlights of the library’s accomplishments and popularity with area residents over the past year. Among them: 13,036 library cards, 44,964 items in the collection, 89,438 items checked out and 9,834 volunteer hours. The library’s two popular meeting rooms held 805 meetings, and their popular wi-fi service clocked in 88,423 internet sessions.

Despite these accomplishments, in times of tightening budgets even library funding is under a microscope. 

When Cooper explained that all Northern Neck residents can use any library because of “an informal reciprocal agreement,” supervisor Robert Westbrook suggested that other counties whose residents are using the Lancaster library start chipping in…

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