Located at 30th Street and West Avenue in downtown Newport News, the West Avenue Library was the first building constructed as a Library in Newport News, and it operated as a Library since opening on Oct. 14, 1929, until its closing on June 28, 2013.
In 2007, it was designated as a historical landmark because of its Georgian Revival architecture and its role in the desegregation of Newport News, and it was featured in the first coffee table book on Libraries, “Heart of the Community: The Libraries We Love,” as the only Library in Virginia to be featured.
This building now serves as the home of the Library's Collection Services Department.
Little Free Library
Stop by and use the Little Free Library in front of the Collection Services building!
This is a free book exchange that belongs to everyone, and everyone can use it! If you see something you would like to read, take it, and when you are finished, share it with a friend, bring it back here, or leave it in another Little Free Library.
It's up to everyone to keep this Little Library full of good reads! Bring books to share when you can, and continue being a friend of Little Free Libraries everywhere!
Christopher Newport Landing Mural
Located inside the West Avenue location is the mural of Captain Christopher Newport arriving at Newport News Point on May 2, 1607. The mural was unveiled in 1957 for the 350th anniversary of the Jamestown Landing and restored in 2007 for the 400th anniversary celebration.
The Christopher Newport Landing mural may be viewed by appointment only Monday-Friday 8AM to 5PM.
Please contact library staff at (757) 247-8466 if you would like to schedule a visit.