Joint-Use Library Now Open to Public for Limited Services

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

​The TCC/City of Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library (JUL), jointly operated by Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) and Tidewater Community College (TCC), reopened this week for members of the public. While some in-person services for TCC faculty and students and holds pickups for VBPL customers have recently been offered, the building has been closed to the public since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The building is now open Monday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m.  to 5 p.m. for limited services including browsing and checking out materials, computer, printer and internet access and library card registration. In addition, holds pickup service is available when the building is closed from Tuesday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

With the reopening of the JUL, all VBPL branches are open to the public for limited in-person services except for the Pungo-Blackwater branch, which closed for renovations on Sept. 17. Safety precautions at the JUL will follow those already in practice at VBPL locations:  

  • A limited number of customers may be admitted at a time.
  • VBPL customers are asked to keep visits to one hour to maximize access for all residents. There is no time limit for TCC students and faculty.
  • Staff and customers are required to wear face coverings at all times.
  • Signs and decals reiterate social distancing and one-way travel.
  • Some spaces and furnishings may be unavailable, including meeting rooms, study rooms, the children's room and second floor. Staff will retrieve materials for customers as needed from the children's room and second floor.
  • Sneeze guards are installed at customer service stations.
  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing practices.

For more about VBPL's current services, including digital programs for all ages and a digital library featuring e-books, audiobooks, movies and more, 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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