Public Library Resources During COVID-19 in Hampton Roads (Updated)

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Online Library Resources for Families in Hampton Roads Virginia

Hampton Roads is full of public library locations which are fantastic resources for families. You may be used to going to storytime classes, coding workshops or other programs with your kids, but most of these events are on hold as the entire community focuses on increasing social distancing and decreasing the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Here is a roundup of the local libraries, their current policies/response to COVID-19 and links to their online content. 

There are some GREAT learning tools and entertainment resources that can be accessed at home on your devices for FREE with just your library card! Enjoy!


Chesapeake Public Library

Chesapeake Public Library: operating normally as of 1/14/21

If you have a library card in Chesapeake you can access online books, magazines, videos and more by using this link:



Hampton Public Library

From Hampton Public Library: Hampton Public Library buildings are reopening to the public Monday, April 19 at 10:00 am!

All four locations will be open and curbside pickup will be available the following hours:
  • Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Main Library: 4207 Victoria Blvd. (757) 727-1154
Northampton Branch: 936 Big Bethel Rd. (757) 825-4558
Phoebus Branch: 1 South Mallory St. (757) 727-1149
Willow Oaks Branch: 227 Fox Hill Rd. (757) 850-5114

If you have a Hampton Library Card you can access online books and magazines here: and be sure to check out the full list of online resources available (including movie streaming) here:


Newport News Public Library

From Newport News LibraryNNPL branches will reopen Monday, April 12th. We're excited to welcome our community back and to share the new services we've been working on.

If you have a Newport News Library Card you can access ebooks, e-magazines, audiobooks and streaming movies/music here:  If you don’t have a Library card you can apply for an E-Membership online to get instant access to our virtual collection.  Just click on the Get an E-Card link. If you have materials that are due back, you may continue to drop them off using the outside book drops. 


Norfolk Public Library

From Norfolk Public Library

The Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch, Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch, and Slover Library are open for limited Grab-n-Go service. The Barron F. Black Branch, Park Place Branch, and Van Wyck Branch are open two days a week for Grab-n-Go service. For library questions, visit​
With Grab-n-Go service, patrons may enter the lobby area to pick up holds, check out materials, apply for or renew a library card, and get help with questions. Staff will retrieve books and materials on the shelves at open locations for patrons while they wait. To ensure wait times are reasonable, staff will retrieve up to five items while you wait. If you wish to request more items you may leave a list of those items with staff and return to pick them up at another time. You can search the collection and place holds using the online catalog

If you have a Norfolk Library Card you can access online books, magazines, videos, audiobooks, music and learning tools online here: 

The Norfolk Public Library is also Live Streaming some storytime events on their Facebook Page!


Poquoson Public Library

From Poquoson Public Library: The library building is now open to the public, with some limitations. Wearing a facial covering is strongly encouraged while visiting any municipal building in the City. To assist those who may not have or may have forgotten their own, disposable masks and hand sanitizer are provided. Curbside pickup is available from 10:30am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday. The library offers computer access (with a one hour limit), notary services by appointment. Please call 757-868-3060 to make an appointment. Meeting and study rooms are not available at this time.

Check out their Take and Make Kits for kids!

Portsmouth Public Library

From Portsmouth Public Library: We have certainly missed all our patrons, and have been working diligently to bring you curbside service! Our first priority is the safety of our patrons and staff, so all pickups are designed to be contactless. Should you wish to place a hold on an item please click here. Once your hold is ready, you'll be notified and you can call to schedule your appointment.  Should you have reference questions, please feel free to give us a call during our open hours. Churchland & Main will have appointment times available Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm Manor & Cradock will have appointment times available Tuesday - Thursday from 10 am - 4 pm.

If you have a Portsmouth Library Card you can access movies, TV shows, full music albums, e-books, e-audiobooks and comic books here:

Portsmouth Public Library is also hosting some storytime events on their Facebook Page!


Suffolk Public Library

Suffolk Public Library: 

(update 4/5/21) Suffolk Public Library will have expanded service hours at Morgan Memorial Library and North Suffolk Library: 
Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Face coverings will be required to enter any facility. 
In order to ensure the safety of the community and staff, capacity limits will remain in place for Morgan Memorial Library and North Suffolk Library Locations. Small groups will be permitted on a limited basis and socially distanced throughout both buildings. Browsing of library materials will be permitted. Curbside Pickup and Self-Service technology use will continue to be available. Due to social distancing guidelines, no in-person technology assistance will be provided.
CURBSIDE PICKUP SERVICE will continue to be available at Morgan Memorial Library and North Suffolk Library: 
Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Curbside pickup service at Chuckatuck Library: 
Thursday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Subject to change due to weather.

If you have a Suffolk Library Card you can access ebooks, audiobooks, e-magazines, stream music, movies and TV shows here: if you don't have a library card you can call and sign up for a library card over the phone to get instant access to digital materials (757-514-7323 M-F, 9am-5pm)

YouTube playlist:

The Library is also offering assistance to citizens by phone at 757-514-7323, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and online through an Ask Us form. Information is available at



Virginia Beach Public Library

From Virginia Beach Public Library: ​​​​​​​​​​(Updated 3/20/2021)

VBPL branches are open for limited in-person visits, except for Windsor Woods area library, which is closed for renovation. Limited services include browsing and checking out items, accessing computers and printers, and applying for library cards. See our Locations and Hours page for more details.  All dates and services are subject to change.


York County Public Library 


From York County Public Library:  (Updated 11/2/2020)

York County Public Libraries are open to the general public with modified hours of operation:
Sunday - Closed
Monday - 10 am to 7 pm
Tuesday - 10 am to 7 pm
Wednesday - 10 am to 7 pm
Thursday - 10 am to 7 pm
Friday - 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday - 10 am to 5 pm

If you have a York County Public Library you can access online resources including ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies and more here:


Williamsburg Regional Library

From Williamsburg Regional Library

Because of staffing limitations and the need for enhanced sanitation measures, we are reopening with reduced hours. Our current schedule is Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Library facilities will be closed on Sunday.

Update beginning May 2 Hours will be: Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm. Friday 9am-6pm. Saturday 10am-5pm. Sunday 1-5pm. 

If you have a Williamsburg Library Card you can access online resources here including ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies and more here: 


Military Families

If you are a Navy, Marine Corps, or US Coast Guard Family be sure to check out their online library system here: This service is open to Active Duty, retired, and Reservist members (and dependents), Civilians and Non-Appropriated Fund Employees, and Contractors if eligible for MWR privileges.

Other services have online library services available as well, more information can be found on these links:

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