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2021 - How is funding for the libraries determined?
Libraries receive funding in 2 ways, primarily funds are provided by the City of Chesapeake. However, funds are also provide 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.
2021 - Are there any plans to expand library services in the future?
The library is always looking to expand 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.