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City & Health Department Officials to Hold Facebook Live Event March 26 at 6 pm

Newport News, Va., – In light of Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53 and in an effort to help “flatten the curve,” Newport News city facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. Citizens are encouraged to visit to read specifics about the closure along with a list of online resources for conducting business with the city during this time.

“In these unprecedented times, we must all do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus by practicing social distancing, and staying home when possible,” said City Manager Cindy Rohlf. “And while our buildings are closed to the public, we are continuing to monitor and respond to the coronavirus outbreak and provide the essential services our citizens need.”

City and Health Department officials are holding a Facebook Live event on Thursday, March 26 from 6 pm to 7 pm, and will take questions from viewers. Citizens can go to to hear directly from Mayor McKinley Price, City Manager Cindy Rohlf, Fire Chief Jeff Johnson and Acting Director of the Peninsula Health District Dr. Steve Julian about the impact of COVID-19 and related activities. Following brief comments from the panelists, viewers can submit questions that will be addressed live.

The closure will be re-evaluated based on the status of the outbreak and guidance from the Virginia Department of Health before reopening facilities to the public.

For details on Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53 ordering statewide closure of K-12 schools and non-essential businesses, visit the Governor’s website.

For information on COVID-19, including status updates, symptoms and prevention guidelines, citizens can visit the Virginia Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A Note from the Library Director

Dear Library Patrons,

We know that you may have questions about the possible impact of the Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, on library operations and Newport News Public Library’s response to potential spread of Coronavirus in our community. NNPL is committed to the health, well-being, and safety of both the public and the Library’s staff.

As of Sunday, March 15th, all branches of the Newport News Public Library are closed until further notice.   All programs that are scheduled during this time have also been cancelled.  

You may continue to use all of the great online resources that NNPL has to offer.  This includes access to our virtual collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, online training, and streaming movies, TV, and music.  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 until Friday April 3rd at 5PM.  After that the book drops will be closed until further notice. But if can’t make it to the Library, fines will be waived through June 10th, 2020.

We will use our website to communicate any changes in service because of the COVID-19, so check back often or give us a call.

Thank you,

Sonia Antoine-Alcantara

FAQs Related to the Library Closure 

  • May I still return Library items through the book drop at my branch?
    • The book drops at Main Street, Grissom, and Pearl Bailey will be open until Friday, April 3rd at 5PM.  After that, the book drops will be closed until further notice.
  • Will I incur late fees for items not returned in time during the closure?
    • No, we are not charging late fines during the closure.  All overdue fines on items currently checked out are forgiven and fine amnesty will continue through June 10th, 2020.
  • Will I be charged a fee for not picking up a hold item during the closure?
    • No, the $1 hold expiration fee will be removed during this time.
  • Will my holds be available when you reopen?
    • We will work with you to make your holds available to you when we reopen.
  • What if my library card expires during the closure period?
    • Please contact us by phone, email, or through our website and we will work with you to update your membership.
  • Can I drop off donated materials during the closure?
    • No, libraries are unable to accept donated materials at this time.
  • Is the Friends of NNPL Bookstore open?
    • No, the bookstore at Main Street and Grissom are closed.
  • Are you offering programming?
    • As of Monday March 16th programming for all ages has been canceled at all locations until further notice. This also includes all early literacy and outreach services. However, there are several online resources available throughout our website!
  • Is the digital library available during this time?
    • Yes!  NNPL’s Digital content is available 24/7.  Click the Stream & Download heading at the top of this page to explore our collection of eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eBooks, Streaming TV, Movies, and Music.  We also offer a link to "Storyline Online" for videos of children’s stories read by celebrities!
  •   How can I reach the Library if I have questions?
    • Library staff are available for questions and assistance through phone and email from 10AM - 5PM Monday-Friday.
      • Email:
      • Main Street Library:  757-591-4858
      • Grissom Library:  757-369-3190
      • Pearl Bailey Library:  757-247-8677
      • You may also reach us through the Contact Us link on this website.

Information About the New Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Check out the links below to learn more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and tips for keeping you and your family safe.

Symptoms & Prevention

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath – have ranged from mild to severe, and like other respiratory illnesses, it is spread through coughing and sneezing. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease, and the CDC recommends that we take the following steps to help prevent the spread of not only this virus, but the flu and other respiratory diseases as well. 

For more details on COVID-19, including preparation and prevention guidelines, visit the Virginia Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe