Library Postpones Reopening Four Branches; Five Branches Remain Open for Limited Services

Friday, August 07, 2020

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Aug. 7, 2020) — After reopening five of its 10 branches on Monday, July 20, Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) will postpone the reopening of an additional four branches that had been planned for Monday, Aug. 10, in order to monitor operations and ensure that sufficient cleaning supplies may be procured to sustain having nine buildings open simultaneously. The Great Neck, Oceanfront, Pungo-Blackwater and Windsor Woods libraries will remain closed, offering only lobby-based holds pickup service, until further notice. The Bayside, Central, Kempsville, Princess Anne and Wahab Public Law libraries will remain open to the public for limited services.

While reopening the first five locations has gone smoothly, and VBPL has access to supplies needed to maintain current service levels at these branches, some cleaning supplies are difficult to obtain in bulk in a timely manner. Libraries have many high touch surfaces and electronic devices that require specific cleaning supplies that are in high demand and difficult to obtain. 

VBPL's 10th location, the Tidewater Community College (TCC)/City of Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library, located on the TCC campus, remains closed to the public but is offering holds pickup service. It will open on a future date to be determined by TCC.

For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

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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