Pungo-Blackwater Library to Reopen Jan. 4 for Lobby Service; Adds Smart Pole to Increase Wireless Connectivity

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

​The Pungo-Blackwater branch of Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) will reopen Monday, Jan. 4, following four months of renovations. Hours will be Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Fridays and Sundays. At this time, due to current COVID-19 conditions, the branch will provide lobby service only, in line with other VBPL locations.

The renovations cost approximately $104,000 and include a new front desk, new furniture and more.

In addition to the building renovations, a smart pole is being installed at the branch, thanks to funding the City of Virginia Beach received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The smart pole will provide much-needed wireless broadband connectivity at the branch and in the parking lot, at the adjacent Senior Resource Center and ballfield, and at area residences within an approximate 700 ft. radius. The broadband connectivity is especially helpful during the ongoing pandemic as more residents need reliable, fast internet access for teleworking and distance learning. The smart pole project costs about $25,000 and is expected to be completed in January.

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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