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July 22, 2009

Contact: Dana Woodson - 757.393.8641


-- New Library Hours and New City Treasurerís Branch Office--

Portsmouth, VA -- The Portsmouth Public Library, Churchland Branch, located at 3215 Academy Avenue, will close on Monday, August 3rd in preparation for the opening of the new building at 4934 High Street West. The scheduled opening date for the new Churchland Branch is Monday, August 17th at 10 a.m.

During the two-week transition to the new library, staff will be moving supplies and materials, stocking shelves, setting up offices, and training on the new radio frequency identification equipment (RFID), a self checkout and security system. Additional features of the 20,942 square ft. state-of-the-art facility include a technology room with computers, a childrenís area with a storytelling room, group study rooms, a community meeting room, a conference room with SmartBoard technology, and energy-efficient natural lighting.

The Portsmouth Public Library System announces new hours.

Churchland Branch
Effective August 17th, the hours for the new Churchland Branch will be:
Monday through Wednesday -- 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday --10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday -- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Beginning August 3rd, the new hours for the other Portsmouth Public Library locations will be as follows:

Main Library, 601 Court Street:
Monday through Thursday -- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday -- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Law Library and Childrenís Department will be closed on Friday.

Cradock Branch, 28 Prospect Parkway:
Monday through Thursday -- 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Closed Friday
Saturday Ė10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Manor Branch, 1401 Elmhurst Lane:
Monday through Thursday -- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed Friday
Saturday -- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City Treasurerís Branch Office

A City Treasurerís Branch Office will open at the new Churchland Library on August 17th and will accept payments to the City Treasurer and to Public Utilities. The hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. The Branch Office has a separate entrance which is located on the side of building that faces Cedar Lane. Designated handicap parking spaces and a 24-hour drop box will be available.

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For more information on Portsmouth Public Libraries, call (757) 393-8365. For more information on the City Treasurerís Branch Office, call (757) 393-8651.

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