Repurposing Library Assets
Awarded by the Virginia Public Library Director's Association
When Henrico County closed an old library to make way for its new building, it had to make a decision about what to do with the collection of books and the building’s furnishings and fixtures. Rather than giving items that would not be used in the new library to the County surplus sale, Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) created an innovative program that repurposed the majority of the old collection and the building’s furnishings and fixtures. By reaching out and methodically inviting in other county departments to “shop” the leftovers, the Library was able to save the County money by responsibly repurposing most of the inventory to other departments, especially Henrico County Public School (HCPS) libraries, enhancing their collections and providing desired or needed furnishings and fixtures. The inter-departmental cooperation and communication that this program required was accomplished seamlessly and enthusiastically as everyone benefited and saw its value. Henrico County’s Finance Department Purchasing Division played a large part in reassigning these assets and helping to have them delivered to their new homes. With the creation of this program, Henrico will continue this repurposing tradition with the next opening of a new library.