Portsmouth Public Library Board

Regular Meetings

  • 4pm, 2nd Thursday of each month
  • Conference Room of the Churchland Branch Library
    4934 High Street West
    Portsmouth, VA 23703

For information call Director Todd Elliott at 757-393-8365


  • Chair, Ashley McBride 
  • Kimberly Bright
  • Stephanie Bristow
  • Vice Chair Amy O’Donnell 
  • Jelly Riedel
  • Dr. Felisa Smith
  • Dr. Victoria Ward
  • Library Director, Todd Elliott

Mission Statement

To ensure that the Library provides the best material, information, and services to meet the educational, recreational, cultural, and social needs of our diverse city; to support lifelong learning; and to provide an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful and professional.


The Board is composed of nine members who shall be citizens of the City and are appointed by City Council for three year terms. The City Librarian serves as the ex-officio Secretary of the Board to ensure that Board policy and library administration are coordinated.