November 7, 2011
The Albemarle County Fire Inspector is telling the board that runs the Crozet Library that a limit must be placed on the number of patrons inside the building at any one time.
Library Director John Halliday told CBS19 the county's Community Development department capped the occupancy at 50, including staff.
"The library will need to begin turning people away from library programs," Halliday said. "This is sad news, especially for children, and especially in a time when we are all concerned about our children's reading abilities."
Halliday continued, saying the capacity limit puts children in Crozet and western Albemarle County at a disadvantage compared to peers living in communities with adequate library facilities that match population size.
Albemarle County has long been considering building a new library in Crozet and has the land and a new parking lot ready for when the money becomes available.
Halliday said the inspector's report also concludes too many materials are stored in the renovated train station used for the library. He said the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Board will now ask the county for money so it can build a temporary storage structure in the library's parking lot.