Riverside County Library System

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Riverside County Library System
Established1911
LocationLibrary Management Offices
5840 Mission Blvd.
Riverside, California 92509, USA
951-369-3003
Fax 951-369-6801
Hours: M-F 8-5
Branches35, and 2 bookmobiles
Collection
Size1,550,173 books and periodicals
52,742 audio materials (CDs, audiobooks)
23,731 video items (DVDs and VHS tapes)
Access and use
Circulation3,464,547 items
42% are children's materials
3,170,424 visits/year
127,717 program attendance/year
Population served1,094,681
Other information
DirectorBarbara Morrow-Williams
Staff214 (FTEs)
31 ALA-accredited librarians
Websitewww.rivlib.net
 
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Riverside County Library System
Established1911
LocationLibrary Management Offices
5840 Mission Blvd.
Riverside, California 92509, USA
951-369-3003
Fax 951-369-6801
Hours: M-F 8-5
Branches35, and 2 bookmobiles
Collection
Size1,550,173 books and periodicals
52,742 audio materials (CDs, audiobooks)
23,731 video items (DVDs and VHS tapes)
Access and use
Circulation3,464,547 items
42% are children's materials
3,170,424 visits/year
127,717 program attendance/year
Population served1,094,681
Other information
DirectorBarbara Morrow-Williams
Staff214 (FTEs)
31 ALA-accredited librarians
Websitewww.rivlib.net

The Riverside County Library System (RCLS), located in Riverside County, California, United States, is a public library system composed of 35 libraries and two bookmobiles. The RCLS is a member of the Inland Library Network.[1] It is the first library system in the nation that turned over its entire operation to a private company.[2]

Management[edit]

Prior to July 1997, the Riverside County public libraries were managed by the city of Riverside, California. But when property tax money was diverted from libraries to schools in the early 1990s, the library system began to experience cut in hours, dwindling collections, and staff lay-offs. In July 1997, the county hired Library Systems and Services, Inc., located in Germantown, Maryland to operate its sprawling public library system. All library employees, except for the county librarian, janitorial service, and landscape maintenance, work for the private company.[3] LSSI divided the library system into three districts, increased hours within each district and added staff.[2] For its success, the RCLS Management Outsourcing Program became the 1998 National Council for Public-Private Partnerships Project Award Winner.[4]

Services[edit]

Retrospective[edit]

In November 2007, RCLS sponsored a retrospective exhibit of photographs portraying 125 years of Riverside County library history, "The Libraries of Riverside County: A Millennium of Service" in the lobby of the UC Riverside Science Library. It commemorated public, private, academic, medical and tribal libraries in Riverside County.[7]

Members[edit]

Bookmobiles[edit]

Libraries[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Riverside County Library System". Your Electronic Library on the Web. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  2. ^ a b "One Year Later: Private Management in Riverside Co., CA". School Library Journal. 1998-07-01. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  3. ^ Oder, Norman (2004-10-01). "More on LSSI". Library Journal. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  4. ^ "RIVERSIDE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM MANAGEMENT OUTSOURCING PROGRAM". ncppp.org. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  5. ^ "EBM Locations: List View". OnDemandBooks.com. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  6. ^ "Riverside County Library System commits to expanded RFID and PC management" (pdf). EnvisionWare. 2007-06-15. Retrieved 2008-06-15annually. 
  7. ^ "Exhibit Honors History of Riverside County Libraries". Office of Strategic Communications, University of California. 2007-11-09. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 

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