Under Renovation

Oceanfront Area Library closed for renovations in June of 2021 and is expected to reopen in early 2022. During the closure, no services will be offered at the branch and the book drop will be closed. Customers will be able to pick up holds at Great Neck Area Library and they may also select other branches for pickup when placing new holds. 

Renovations include new front doors, an updated lobby area and public restrooms, a new help desk and computer workstations, updated meeting and study rooms, new furniture and carpet, and more.  

The Oceanfront renovations project is part of 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 branch renovations are expected to begin later in 2021.

Renovations were completed at Princess Anne, Bayside, Kempsville and Central Libraries in 2019, at Pungo-Blackwater in 2020, and at Windsor Woods in 2021.


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’s Being Done?  

  • New front doors 
  • Updated lobby area 
  • Updated public restrooms 
  • New help desk 
  • Updated meeting room and study rooms 
  • Expanded Children’s area; updated Teen area 
  • New multi-purpose programming area 
  • New public computer workstations (except computer lab) 
  • New furniture and carpet 
Architect: HBA Architecture & Interior Design, Inc.
Contractor: Allcon Construction

 Windsor Woods

​What was done?

  • Building a new study room
  • An update to the storage room
  • An update to the Teen Area
  • New furniture in various areas of the building
  • A roof over the staff entrance and an update to the loading dock
Contractor:  George Mosley General Contracting
Architect:  HBA Architecture & Interior Design


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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