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

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: fully open as of April 5, 2021.

  • Online services are still the safest option.
  • Curbside Pickup is available at all locations.
  • Business services are available at all locations.

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



Hampton Public Library

From Hampton Public Library: Hampton Public Library buildings open to the public as of 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: https://hampton.gov/2040/E-Books and be sure to check out the full list of online resources available (including movie streaming) here: https://hampton.gov/2017/Online-Resources


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: https://library.nnva.gov/101/Stream-Download  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

Beginning May 17, we’re expanding library services and opening more neighborhood branches for Grab-n-Go to meet the needs of our community. Continue to monitor the website for the latest information at www.norfolkpubliclibrary.org.

Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch and Pretlow Anchor Branch will open Tuesday through Saturday and allow patrons to browse the stacks or reserve a public computer. Visitation is limited to one hour total.

The following neighborhood branches will re-open for Grab-n-Go service:

  • Barron F. Black | 6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive | Tuesday & Wednesday
  • Blyden | 879 E. Princess Anne Road | Monday & Tuesday
  • Janaf | 124 Janaf Shopping Center | Wednesday & Thursday
  • Lafayette | 1610 Cromwell Drive | Tuesday & Wednesday
  • Larchmont | 6525 Hampton Boulevard | Monday & Friday
  • Little Creek | 7853 Tarpon Place | Wednesday & Thursday
  • Park Place | 620 W. 29th Street | Thursday & Friday
  • Van Wyck | 1368 De Bree Avenue | Monday & Friday
  • *Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch | 1425 Norchester Avenue | Tuesday through Saturday
  • *Pretlow Anchor Branch | 111 W. Ocean View Avenue | Tuesday through Saturday
  • *Denotes branch with browsing and computer usage – limited to one-hour visitation total

If you have a Norfolk Library Card you can access online books, magazines, videos, audiobooks, music and learning tools online here: https://www.norfolkpubliclibrary.org/books-more 

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: https://www.portsmouthpubliclibrary.org/172/E-Books-and-Magazines

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: https://www.suffolkpubliclibrary.com/178/eBooks-More 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: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpkh_vhPHfCzYyztYx0psTJ8j0UD8bS-8

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 https://suffolk.formstack.com/forms/ask_us



Virginia Beach Public Library

From Virginia Beach Public Library: ​​​​​​​​​​(Updated 5/5/2021)

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 accounts. See our Locations and Hours page for more details.  All dates and services are subject to change.

Don’t have a library card? Visit www.VBgov.com/library-account to apply for a new VBPL account. The online application applies only to new library customers. If you need to renew an existing account, please call (757) 385-0150.


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: https://www.yorkcounty.gov/698/Digital-Collections


Williamsburg Regional Library

From Williamsburg Regional Library

Update beginning May 2 Hours  are: 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: https://www.wrl.org/downloads/ 


Military Families

If you are a Navy, Marine Corps, or US Coast Guard Family be sure to check out their online library system here: https://www.navymwrdigitallibrary.org/. 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: