Virginia Beach Public Library Launches Digital Comic Books, Heads to Tidewater Comicon

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Digital comic books are now available at Virginia Beach Public Library through digital media vendor Hoopla, which also provides streaming video, music downloads and digital audiobooks for the library’s collection. The digital comic books are accessible at or by downloading the Hoopla app. Library customers who have previously downloaded the Hoopla app to mobile devices will need to download the latest version of the app to access the digital comic books.

The digital comics include titles for all ages and interests, both classic and current, including “Dr. Who,” “Planet of the Apes,” “The X-Files,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “G.I. Joe,” “Garfield,” “Peanuts,” “Transformers” and more. Like all library resources, digital comics are free to access with a Virginia Beach library card, also free for Beach residents.

The addition of digital comic books to the library’s collection coincides with VBPL’s celebration of 2015 as “Year of the Comic Book” in partnership with Tidewater Comicon. VBPL staff will demonstrate the library’s 3-D printers and provide green screen photo booth opportunities for Tidewater Comicon attendees, Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. Attendees will also be able to register for Virginia Beach library cards on the spot with proof of Virginia Beach address and photo ID.   

VBPL is hosting free comic-themed programming for all ages through 2015 including super hero storytimes, comic book creator workshops and mini-Comicons at Pungo-Blackwater Library and TCC/City Joint-Use Library in July and October, respectively. For details visit

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