Chesapeake Public Libraries charge everyone for use of their space, with the exception of City, State, and Federal departments. The policy was updated to align with the current policies of other City-owned properties.
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Many factors are taken into consideration when determining the need to add additional branches. Door counts and reports from staff about program attendance are all tracked on a regular basis. These reports leads to interim measures that address the needs of the community. For example, door counts at Russel Memorial Library occasionally exceed those at Central Library. That's why CPL is moving forward with expansions at that branch. With branches that do not have the physical space for expansion, CPL works with other City departments to determine how the property can most efficiently be used. Another remedy includes the installation of library kiosks and vending machines which provide 24-hour access to select materials.
Libraries receive funding in 2 ways, primarily funds are provided by the City of Chesapeake. However, funds are also provided by the Library of Virginia through State Aid. These funds are earmarked for the library’s collection. The library also receives donations from the Friends of the Library and the Chesapeake Public Library Foundation to provide fun and engaging activities, like summer reading.
The library is always looking to expand its services. In 2020, the library added 6 addition personnel to its Outreach division. This will allow staff to work more directly in the community, especially with populations that have difficulty going to a traditional branch. In June, the library will unveil services in the southernmost part of Chesapeake in partnership with Fire Station 7, through a book locker and book vending kiosk.
The library also hopes to see the beginning of expanding the Russell Memorial location in the next fiscal year, and in the Greenbrier community after that.