Beach Libraries to Begin Renovations in December; Princess Anne, Kempsville Branches to Close Temporarily

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

​While exact start dates are not yet available, renovations are expected to begin in December at four Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) locations: Bayside & Special Services Library, Kempsville Area Library, Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library and Princess Anne Area Library. Due to the type and scope of renovations at Kempsville and Princess Anne, the buildings will close during construction, while Bayside & Special Services and the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library will remain open.

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. The remaining four libraries, Great Neck, Oceanfront, Pungo-Blackwater and Windsor Woods, are expected to begin renovations in 2019.

During the Kempsville and Princess Anne closures, which could be up to six months, customers are encouraged to visit other VBPL branches for full library service. VBPL staff is exploring options with community partners in order to provide temporary spaces for customers to pick up holds, return materials and attend programs during the building closures. Customers may also visit VBPL's digital library for around the clock access to e-books, music downloads and more at www.VBgov.com/digital-library.

As all four locations prepare for renovations, customers may notice impacts immediately, even at the branches that are remaining open:

  • No programs will be offered at Kempsville as of Dec. 1, 2018 or at Princess Anne as of Dec. 10, 2018; customers may find options at other branches by visiting www.VBgov.com/library-events.
  • Some books and materials may be temporarily unavailable as they may be moved, covered or stored.
  • Meeting rooms at Central, Kempsville and Princess Anne libraries are not available at this time.
  • Kempsville and Princess Anne libraries are not able to accept donations of used books at this time; residents are asked to take their gently used materials to any other VBPL branch.
  • Friends of VBPL Book Nooks at Kempsville and Princess Anne are offering "priced to go" sales on gently used books and materials. 

Additional details will be shared as soon as they are available.

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 www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.

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