May 14, 2021

Library of Congress Honors Virginia Beach Public Library for Outstanding Service to Readers with Visual, Physical and Print Disabilities

​Virginia Beach Public Library's (VBPL) Bayside and Special Services Library has been named "Sub-regional Library of the Year" for 2020 by the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress. In addition to providing the services of a typical VBPL branch, Bayside and Special Services staff administer NLS' braille and talking book program for Virginia Beach residents, providing books and magazines in audio and braille formats and playback equipment at no cost. In 2020, the library served nearly 700 registered NLS customers and circulated about 30,000 items.

NLS recognized Bayside and Special Services Library for the continuity of services provided during the pandemic, community outreach activities, efforts to promote diversity and inclusion and advocacy for people with disabilities.

"We are honored to have been named the NLS Sub-regional Library of the Year," said Susan Paddock, manager of VBPL's Bayside and Special Services Library. "Despite challenges presented by the pandemic, our staff members demonstrated their passion to serve by quickly and successfully adjusting to meet the needs of our customers without compromising our programs or services."

With the honor of being named NLS Sub-regional Library of the Year, VBPL's Bayside and Special Services Library received kudos from Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, a $1,000 award, which will be used to further serve the Virginia Beach community, and a commemorative plaque.

For more information about library services for Virginia Beach residents who have visual, physical or print disabilities, visit or call (757) 385-2684.

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 for more information.

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