Great Neck, Oceanfront and Windsor Woods Libraries to Open for Limited Services on Sept. 17; Pungo-Blackwater Branch to Close for Renovations

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

​Beginning Thursday, Sept. 17, Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) will reopen an additional three of its 10 branches that have been closed to the public since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents will be able to visit the Great Neck, Oceanfront and Windsor Woods libraries for limited services including browsing and checking out materials, computer, printer and internet access, applying for library cards and registering to vote.

VBPL is implementing the same safety precautions in the three branches as are in practice now at Central, Kempsville, Princess Anne and Wahab Public Law Library branches, which reopened on July 20:

  • A limited number of customers may be admitted at a time, based on building size.
  • Customers are asked to keep visits to one hour to maximize access for all residents.
  • Staff and customers must wear masks inside libraries.
  • Signs and decals will reiterate social distancing, hand washing and one-way travel.
  • Some spaces and furnishings may be unavailable, including the children's room at Windsor Woods Area Library. (Children's rooms also remain closed at Kempsville and Princess Anne.)
  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing.

The TCC/City Joint-Use Library will remain closed until further notice, with holds pickup service available on site.

Pungo-Blackwater Branch Closing for Renovations
VBPL's Pungo-Blackwater branch will close temporarily for renovations on Sept. 17. Upgrades include new furniture, a more customer-friendly front desk and more. Customers who have holds to pick up on or after Sept. 17 will find their items at Princess Anne Area Library. The $104,000 renovation project is part of a $5.8 million Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to renovate eight of 10 VBPL locations. For more information, visit www.VBgov.com/libraries.

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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