Public libraries getting renovations; part of $5.9 million city program

November 21, 2018

Renovations are expected to begin in December at four Virginia Beach public libraries: Bayside and 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 and the Central Library will remain open. 

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

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While exact start dates are not yet available, the renovations are funded by a $5.8 million Virginia Beach Capital Improvement Program, awarded in 2016 to renovate eight of 10 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.

 

Due to the type and scope of renovations at Kempsville and Princess Anne, the buildings will close during construction, while Bayside and the Central Library will remain open. 

 

 

During the Kempsville and Princess Anne closures, which could be up to six months, customers are encouraged to visit other branches for full library service.

 

Staff is exploring options, along with community partners, to provide temporary spaces for customers to pick up holds, return materials and attend programs during the building closures.

 

Customers may also visit the city'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 branch.

 

Friends of Book Nooks at Kempsville and Princess Anne are offering “priced to go” sales on gently used books and materials. 

 

 

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