After closing in September 2020 to prepare for renovation construction, the Pungo-Blackwater Library reopened on Jan. 4, 2021 for lobby service. The project, which cost approximately $104,000, included the installation of a new front desk, new furniture and more. Thanks to funding from the Cares Act to the City of Virginia Beach, a smart pole will be installed at Pungo-Blackwater Library, increasing much needed internet access to the building and its service area. The branch has new operating hours; see our Locations and Hours page for details.

The Pungo-Blackwater renovation project marked VBPL’s second phase of a $5.8 million Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to renovate eight of its 10 library locations. All libraries except the Wahab Public Law Library (updated in 2018) and the TCC/City Joint-Use Library (built in 2013) are being updated. Great Neck, Oceanfront and Windsor Woods branch renovations are expected to begin in 2021.

Renovations were completed at Princess Anne, Bayside, Kempsville and Central Libraries in 2019.


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. 


What was done?

  • New front desk to help us better serve you 
  • Additional power/electrical outlets for your use
  • New furniture in the Teen area
  • All new customer seating, tables and chairs
  • New self-service holds area
  • New staff workroom to improve efficiencies
Architect:  HBA Architecture & Interior Design, Inc.

Contractor:  Mosley General Contracting

 Bayside & Special Services

What was 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

 Central Library

What was 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 

 Kempsville Library

What was done?
  • New public service desk featuring 3 full-service stations at the entrance of the building.
  • New public and staff restrooms.
  • New seating in the public areas.
  • New end panels on all shelving.
  • Enclosed children's room that contains the picture and beginner book collection; a staff-assisted service desk; educational, activity and technology focused workstations and child-sized tables and chairs. 
  • An increase from two public study rooms to one medium sized and two small study rooms.
  • New staff workroom with collaborative workspaces and updated workstations.

Architect: Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects

Contractor: Tidewater Development Services Corp.

 Princess Anne

What was done?

  • Children's area was enclosed
  • Study rooms were relocated to the front of the library
  • Expanded​​ youth area
  • New carpet​​

Architect: Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects

Contractor: L4 Enterprises

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