Renovations

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 complete at Princess Anne, Bayside, Kempsville and Central Libraries. Updates 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. There is also new furniture and fresh paint. 

Central Library
The new children's area was relocated from the second floor to the first floor, and the new children’s bathrooms received new walls and plumbing. Carpet and cabinets were replaced in the meeting space and kitchen.

Kempsville Library​​
​Renovations include a newly enclosed children's area, updated bathrooms, new paint and carpeting. The spacious service desk now includes extra self-checkout stations, and a third study room was added​.

Princess Anne Area Library
Study rooms were rebuilt at the front of the building to improve sound. New children's and teen areas were expanded, and the children's room is now enclosed. The building also has new carpeting and furniture.

 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. Renovations to the remaining four libraries, Great Neck, Oceanfront, Pungo-Blackwater and Windsor Woods, are expected to begin in 2020. ​

 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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