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Caroline Library links to CRRL

Caroline County residents can now check books out of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library system without having to pay a fee.

Last month the Board of Supervisors approved an agreement between Caroline’s library system and CRRL.

Previously, Caroline residents had to pay a $30 fee for a CRRL library card. Now they won’t have to.

The sharing agreement gives Caroline residents access to CRRL’s nine branches in the city of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, Stafford and Westmoreland counties.

In turn, CRRL members will have access to the libraries in Caroline County as well. Caroline has branches in Bowling Green, Dawn, Ladysmith and Port Royal.

The partnership offers opportunities for both—perhaps a book courier service or shared programming.

It is the first step toward the vision of the Caroline Library being a globally connected community of users, Caroline Library director Maureen Dorosinski said in an email.

“The multimillion dollar system offers a broader access of audiovisual materials and a deeper range of online databases. Caroline County’s Herbert Collins collection may be put to more use—for research sharing purposes, or even join forces in statewide programs,” Dorosinski said.

One of the caveats is that Caroline residents who borrow from CRRL must return items to the same one they took the materials from.

An advantage for CRRL members using Caroline’s libraries is that there’s less likely to be long waits for books checked out.

“For example, there are 88 people waiting [in the CRRL system] for ‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt, and in Caroline, it is checked out but no one is waiting,” Dorosinski said.

Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413


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