Library Refreshes Tech Offerings for Customers

New Early Literacy iPads, 3-D Printing, Wi-Fi Hotspots for Checkout

Monday, April 16, 2018

​Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) is refreshing its technology offerings for the community, including new early literacy devices, upgraded 3-D printing services and the addition of wireless internet hotspots available for checkout.

Early Literacy iPads
VBPL has replaced AWE Early Literacy Stations in the children's areas of its branches with iPads that are pre-loaded with 20 educational apps. The pre-loaded apps support early literacy skills such as reading, writing, speaking and playing, and introduce science and technology concepts. Ideal for children ages 2 to 6 years, the iPads are available now in the children's areas of the branches for in-library use on a first come, first served basis. Funding for the Early Literacy iPads was provided by a $14,324 grant from the Friends of the Virginia Beach Public Library.

3-D Printing
VBPL is upgrading and expanding its free, 3-D printing services. Customers with a VBPL card have access to free 3-D printing at Virginia Beach's Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library and the TCC/City Joint-Use Library. These locations are adding new MakerBot Replicator+ printers this month and will each have two printers in operation until the four-year-old models currently in use reach the end of their capacity. New MakerBot Replicator+ 3-D printers are expected to be added at the Great Neck and Bayside & Special Services branches by fall 2018. For more details on the service, visit VBPL's 3-D printing page.

Wifi Hotspots
Wireless internet hotspots will be available at Central Library beginning today, with a roll out to all branch locations expected later in 2018. Customers may place holds on the devices and pick them up at any Virginia Beach Public Library location. An initial 11 devices will be available during the pilot at Central Library. By the end of 2018, 110 hotspots will be available throughout the library system. This service will be especially useful for those who have no internet access at home, and for families and professionals who are on the go and have a need to access the internet for work, school or connecting with friends and family. The hotspots are the latest item offered as part of VBPL's Take Home Tech collection.  

About Virginia Beach Public Library
Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music, magazines and movies in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, and a variety of specialty collections. Visit for more information.


Photo:  A young library-goer uses an Early Literacy iPad at Windsor Woods Area Library.

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