WRL seeks public input on new library plans with survey, focus groups


As early plans for a new library in the area begin to take shape, Williamsburg Regional Library is looking for public input with a new online survey and an upcoming series of focus groups.

The 31-question building survey is available at wrl.org/survey until August 17, and asks participants about how often and why they use the libraries on Scotland Street and Croaker Road. Those who take the survey will also be asked to rank their satisfaction with the two facilities, and the features that they would most like to see in a new or renovated library.

Betsy Fowler, director of Williamsburg Regional Library, said the survey has received nearly 2,000 responses since being launched on Monday.

“Since the library is just in the preliminary stages of exploring different options with the jurisdictions, the public input is key and we really want to engage as many people who live in the region as possible,” Fowler said.

Fowler said the information collected from the online survey will be provided to Williamsburg and James City County officials as they continue to weigh the local need for a new or renovated library building.

In addition to the survey, city and county residents looking to make their voices heard can also participate in a series of focus groups being held at the Stryker Center on Aug. 22.

The meetings will be facilitated by representatives from RRMM Lukmire Architects, which recently was contracted by the library system to survey possible locations for a new facility, and will each take about an hour.

“We really value our users and their opinions, and we’re really interested in what they have to say so we hope that everybody takes this opportunity to share their ideas and concerns,” Fowler said.

Focus group schedule

Library focus groups will be held at the Stryker Center on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Seniors: 10:30 a.m.

Business community members: 12 p.m.

Families: 1:30 p.m.

Teens: 3 p.m.

Members of the general public: 7 p.m.

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