January 3, 2023

Virginia Beach Public Library Increases Operating Hours at Most Branches and Drive-up Windows

Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) is expanding hours at six branches and three drive-up windows to increase library access for Virginia Beach residents.

Beginning today, VBPL's Bayside, Kempsville, Oceanfront, Princess Anne and Windsor Woods branches will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, instead of closing at 6 p.m. The Great Neck Area Library, currently closed for renovations, will follow this schedule when it reopens later this year. The change marks a return to pre-pandemic hours at these locations and provides customers with more time to access library meeting spaces, public computers, collections, programs and more.

Drive-up windows at VBPL's Bayside, Oceanfront and Princess Anne libraries will open a half hour earlier, at 9 a.m. instead of 9:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday.

"We are happy to continue increasing library access for our customers and moving closer to the hours we offered prior to the pandemic," said Director of Libraries Kimberly B. Knight.

Following a 2020 reduction in library positions and operating hours resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, VBPL began expanding hours again in August of 2021. For more details about VBPL and its locations and hours, visit www.VBgov.com/libraries.

About Virginia Beach Public Library

A community anchor for more than 60 years, Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries, a public law library, and community outreach vehicles including a Bookmobile. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, local history archives, services for those with visual, physical or reading disabilities, and free programs for all ages. In addition to books, music, magazines and video in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, and a variety of specialty collections, including take-home technology. Visit www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.

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