​​​​​​​​​​​​The Public Library Board​ is appointed by City Council, with not less than nine nor more than fifteen members, including two members who are high school students (a junior and a senior). The members are appointed for four years, except the student appointments, which are for two years.

The Public Library Board has been in existence since the incorporation of the City of Virginia Beach in 1965. The Board is responsible for making recommendations to the Director of Libraries and also to City Council on all phases of library strategic planning, policies and issues critical to community goals and aspirations.

The Board meets monthly on the second Monday of the month at 5 p.m. There are no scheduled meetings in June, July or August. Meetings will be held virtually through December 2020.  Please call 385-8709 for meeting information.​

Public Library Board Membership List

  • Helena Gourdine-Thorpe, Chair
  • Ryan Reyes, Esq., Vice Chair
  • Nealy Gihan, 2nd Vice Chair
  • Robert "Buzzy" Hofheimer
  • Christopher Hutcheson
  • Dr. Mamie Johnson
  • Kelly Miller
  • Michelle Pham
  • Dr. Michael Summers
  • Lisa Varga
  • Thomas Zimmerman
  • Kaitlin Burket

​​​Meeting Minutes and Agendas

Contact Information