Chatham County Public Libraries release Needs Assessment final report

Pittsboro, NC – Results from the 2020 Chatham County Public Libraries Needs Assessment Survey are now available online for public review at The assessment process, which began in July 2020, was conducted by Karen Dash Consulting.

The Needs Assessment was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

With more than 800 survey respondents, the final report includes data on the assessment methodology, community feedback and priorities, and potential actions or recommendations for the future of Chatham County Public Libraries.

“We appreciate all of the valuable feedback from Chatham County residents who took time to respond to the Needs Assessment Survey,” said Chatham County Public Libraries Director Linda Clarke. “Results from the final report will be used to develop targeted strategic planning for the libraries within the next three to five years which will be critical as our county continues to grow.”

Originally designed to be conducted in a variety of in-person forums and locations, the onset of COVID-19 forced all related activities to the needs assessment to take place virtually. Additionally, the scope of the assessment was expanded to collect data on both pre-COVID services as well as those needed during the pandemic.

For questions or comments about the final report, residents may contact Clarke at .