- Library Services
Ask a Librarian
This service is designed to provide answers to short, factual questions, or to refer you to appropriate resources for conducting your research.
Borrowing, Returning & Renewing
Patrons are limited to borrowing up to 30 items at a time with some limits.
Access materials and programs specifically for kids and attend Preschool Story Time.
Get a Library Card
All individuals with Virginia Residency are eligible for a Portsmouth Public Library card.
Hold Requests / ILLs
When all the copies of an item are checked out to other patrons or if they are only available at an inconvenient location, you can place a hold request, which puts you on a waiting list for the item.
Inter Library Loans
Review policies on borrowing and lending which includes patron eligibility.
Information about passes for patrons to Children's Museum of Virginia.
Adult and children programs are offered by the Portsmouth Library.
Learn how to reserve library rooms.
Summer Reading Programming