Under Renovation

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To continue providing residents with the best possible services and accommodate how libraries are used today, VBPL is updating eight of our 10 buildings – all except the Wahab Public Law Library (updated in 2018) and the TCC/City Joint-Use Library (built in 2013). Renovations are underway at Bayside, Princess Anne and Central Library, and were completed at Kempsville Library in June 2019. Because of the nature of the renovations at Princess Anne, the building is closed during the construction and is expected to reopen this summer. Updates as of August 2019 include:

Bayside & Special Services LIbrary

The children's area has been reconfigured with a new, enclosed storytime room that is nearly double the size of the original storytime room. A new reception area in Special Services provides a more comfortable area to review reading preferences with customers. Final painting and installation of the furniture is taking place in July. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is being planned for later this summer.
Central Library
The new children's area, which will be located on the first floor rather than the second floor, is getting walls and plumbing for new children's bathrooms. Carpet and cabinets are in the process of being replaced in the meeting space and kitchen.
​Princess Anne Area Library
Study rooms have been rebuilt at the front of the building to improve sound. New children's and teen areas have been expanded and the children's room is enclosed. New carpet will be installed in July; furniture installation is expected in August. Due to a construction issue, renovations are expected to extend beyond July; but the building is expected to open later this summer.

 Central Library

​Construction began in early 2019. The library is open during renovations; however, please pardon the dust, noise and occasional limited access to particular areas of the library while under construction.

What's being done?

  • New, dedicated storytime room
  • New carpet throughout the building
  • Updating meeting rooms and kitchen area
  • Adding new railing in the Auditorium
  • New, enclosed youth area on the first floor, new bathrooms
  • Enclosing teen area and adding new shelving
  • Moving computers to second floor
  • Moving reference materials to second floor
  • New tables, chairs and shelving in public areas 

Architect: Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects

Contractor: Homeland Contracting Company 

 Princess Anne

​Princess Anne Area Library will reopen at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept 3, with a newly enclosed children's area, expanded teen area, and new carpeting and furniture. The Express Library at the rec center will close 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug 31.

What's being done?

  • Children's area is being enclosed
  • Study rooms are being relocated to the front of the library
  • Expanding youth area
  • New carpet​​

Architect: Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects

Contractor: L4 Enterprises

Alternative Service - Princess Anne Express Library

Location: Princess Anne Recreation Center

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday & Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., no Sundays 

Contact: (757) 385 - 2610 

Services: holds pickups, library card registrations and phone assistance. The Princess Anne Express Library is not able to accept material returns or offer Inter Library Loan, public internet or copier services. Please return library materials to any library location except for Kempsville Area Library, which is also closed for renovation. 

Programming: VBPL will offer limited library programming at the Princess Anne Recreation Center. Visit www.VBgov.com/library-events to find dates, times and locations. 

 Bayside & Special Services

The library is open during renovations; however, please pardon the dust, noise and occasional limited access to particular areas of the library while under construction.

What's being done?

  • New, dedicated storytime room
  • Dedicated space to assist Special Services customers with talking book machines and assistive devices. 
  • Improved lighting

Architect: Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects

Contractor: L4 Enterprises

Last construction date: Current building was constructed in 2005, though a Bayside branch has existed for more than 50 years. 

 Overview

​​The renovations are funded by a $5.8 million Capital Improvement Program (CIP) awarded in 2016 to renovate eight of 10 VBPL branches, all except for the TCC/City Joint-Use Library, which opened in 2013, and the Wahab Public Law Library, where renovations were completed in January 2018. The remaining four libraries, Great Neck, Oceanfront, Pungo-Blackwater and Windsor Woods, are expected to begin renovations in 2019.

During the Kempsville and Princess Anne closures, customers are encouraged to visit other VBPL branches for full library service. Customers may also visit VBPL's digital library for around the clock access to e-books, music downloads and more at the Digital Library.

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