Due to building maintenance, Cooper Branch is closed until further notice. Beginning Monday, September 24, Cooper customers can pick up their holds at the Montross Branch

William J. Howell Branch (formerly England Run)

England Run Branch

England Run is now Howell Branch

806 Lyons Boulevard
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Phone: 540-372-1144
Fax: 540-899-1707

Classes & Events Calendar
Book Sales


  • Monday 9 - 9
  • Tuesday 9 - 9
  • Wednesday 9 - 9
  • Thursday 9 - 9
  • Friday 9 - 5:30
  • Saturday 9 - 5:30
  • Sunday 1 - 5:30

See holiday closings

Branch Manager: Mary Buck, ext. 7440, mary.buck@crrl.org

Branch Facilities

The Howell Branch is a 30,000 square-foot building that opened in 2010 in Stafford County. The building was designed and constructed following LEED specifications - find out more about the green initiatives incorporated in the building. 

Computers and Internet: All branches have public-access computers and wireless Internet access.

Exhibits: Picture rail in the gallery hallway and meeting rooms 1 and 2.  Gallery hallway features monthly exhibits of local artists.

MakerLab: STEM exploration space for all ages to enjoy hands-on learning with a wide variety of high and low-tech equipment and activities.

Meeting Rooms: 180-seat room which can be partitioned to make two smaller rooms, one meeting room that seats up to 25 theater style and two smaller rooms that seat up to 8 around a table. Ask about a meeting room.

Study Rooms: 4 smaller rooms that seat up to 8 around a table are available to reserve for two hours. Contact the Research Desk to reserve up to one day in advance.

Notary Services: On duty during most branch hours by appointment. 

Parking: 120 off-street parking spaces around the building.

Accessibility Features: 5 accessible parking spaces, accessible drop-off location at front of the building, drive-up book drop, automatic doors, no interior stairs, accessible restrooms, wheelchair and 2 walkers available for use, one set FM transmitter and receiver.

Branch pictures: Click here to see on Flickr. 

Transportation: The Fred bus stops at the corner of Lyons Blvd and Plantation Drive.

Directions & Map

From I-95:

  • Exit I-95 at exit 133B to merge onto US-17/Warrenton.
  • Follow US-17 for about 1.4 miles, then turn right at Plantation Drive.
  • Continue on Plantation Drive for about 1 mile, then turn left on Lyons Blvd.
  • Turn left into the library parking lot.