Crozet Library

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Crozet Library

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The Crozet Library is a branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library housed in a former railroad depot. As of 2011, plans for an expanded library are on hold due to Albemarle County's revenue shortfall.

Plans for new facility

A new library was called for in the 2004 Crozet Master Plan. The Board of Supervisors approved construction of a 20,000 square-foot building in March 2007, and appropriated just under $10 million in capital funds[1]. The original estimate for construction was $9.8 million[2]

Construction postponed

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Construction had been scheduled to begin in spring 2010 with completion in 2011[3]. However, the County's budget constraints removed the project from the Capital Improvement Program[4]. The county is now being asked to advance close to $300,000 for final design so that a fundraising campaign can begin[2]. Even though a construction date is not scheduled, plans are still making their way through government. The Architectural Review Board awarded a Certificate of Appropriateness for the library on April 4, 2011. [5]

As the staff begins to prepare the budget for FY2012, proponents of the library are hoping to raise capital funds in the county's budget to pay for the project. Under one scenario, a 2 cent increase in the county's tax rate could help pay for the project. [6]


Service reductions

Albemarle County Executive Bob Tucker's proposed budget for FY2011 included a 5% reduction in funding to JMRL. As a result, the library's Board of Trustees chose to reduce hours at the Crozet branch as a partial way to make up the shortfall. A community group called Save Crozet Library formed in order to boost support for the library[7].


In July 2010, the firm Dominion Library Associates was hired to conduct an assessment of the Crozet, Scottsville, Louisa County and Nelson County facilities. The Crozet library was deemed to not be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and "is the most crowded facility attempting to provide library service that this consultant has seen in recent years.[8]. The report called for the library to be shut down until a safer one could be opened. JMRL director John Halliday said that the study was commissioned for $2,000 and was a routine study called for in the library's five-year plan[9]. Supervisors are exploring ways to find a temporary structure to serve as an interim facility while the county saves money to build a permanent one[10].


  1. Web. Supervisors seek lower construction costs for Crozet Library, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 08, 2008, retrieved 6 Oct 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. New Crozet library could come sooner with donations, grants, Brandon Shulleetta, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 25, 2010, retrieved November 29, 2010.
  3. Web. Supervisors approve preliminary design of Crozet Library, Julia Glendening, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 03, 2009, retrieved 6 Oct 2009.
  4. Web. Snap: Crozet house whacked for no library, Hawes Spencer, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, Dec 12, 2009
  5. Web. ARB Approves Library Design, retrieved April 12, 2011.
  6. Web. County staff sees light at the end of Crozet Library's tunnel, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 9, 2011, retrieved November 10, 2011.
  7. Shulleeta, Brandon. "Campaign under Way to save Crozet Library | Charlottesville Daily Progress." Charlottesville Daily Progress. 16 Feb. 2010. Web. 04 Mar. 2010. <>
  8. Moorman, John A. "Albemarle County Library Facility Study Project July10 Final Report." Scribd. 7 July 2010. Web. 30 Aug. 2010. <>.
  9. Web. "Crozet Needs a Bigger Library, Duncan, Jim, RealCrozetVA, Duncan, Jim, 30 Aug. 2010
  10. Shulleeta, Brandon. "Crozet Library -- Unfit for Use? | Daily Progress." Home | Daily Progress. 3 Sept. 2010. Web. 08 Sept. 2010. <>.

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