|Norfolk Public Library Mission Statement|
|The Norfolk Public Library provides equal opportunity access to information, high quality book and multimedia materials, programs, exhibits, and on-line resources to meet the needs of our diverse community for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and intellectual stimulation. To fulfill its mission, the Library employs a knowledgeable, well-trained staff committed to excellent service.
Adopted May 14, 1997 Norfolk Public Library Board of Trustees
The Norfolk Public Library became the first public library in Virginia in 1904, and its collection includes classic and popular items from the late 19th century to today. NPL offers access to information, books, programs, and online resources to meet the needs of our diverse community for life-long learning. The library system consists of one main library (currently under construction), ten branch libraries, one anchor branch library, and the Bookmobile. All NPL library programs are free and open to the public.
We also offer these special services:
- NPL is a Family Place library that offers free programs that focus on developing skills essential to literacy.
These programs are recommended for parents, other caregivers, and children of all ages.
- A local history and genealogy collection, is located at the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch and can be accessed
online at the Sargeant Memorial Collection page.
- NPL is a selective depository library for government documents.
To learn more about future plans for NPL, read the NPL Strategic Directions.
Library Guides & Information
NPL Hours & Locations
Hours of operation, branch locations, holiday closings.
Cards and Borrowing
Resident and non-resident library cards, PINs, renewals, holds, fines and overdue items.
NPL Public Computer & Wireless Network Information
NPL equipment and software, wireless access, and technology limitations.
Reference and Research Help
Finding books, online databases, reference assistance, genealogy and local history.
Computers, computer classes, disability services, tax forms, book reviews and online book clubs.