Support the Library

The Portsmouth Public Library has been a cornerstone of the Portsmouth community for over 90 years providing free access to information and resources. In order to continue to provide ever growing needs in the Information Age, the library needs your help. Learn how you can help to support your library by donating to one of the organizations below:

Friends of the Portsmouth Public Library – FOPPL is a non-profit organization established in 1974. FOPPL supports the Portsmouth library system by working with the Library Director to supply funds for programs, furniture, books, and library enhancements beyond the limits of city funding. Monthly book sales, sustaining memberships, and gifts provide the monies for our gifts to the library.

Portsmouth Public Library Foundation – Created in 1963 as a tax exempt public 501(c)(3) foundation to raise private dollars to enhance the library system’s acquisitions, innovations and special projects beyond the capacity of the normal operating budget provided by tax dollars from the City of Portsmouth and State of Virginia, the Foundation intends to develop an endowment fund to help ensure a perpetual source of funds for enriching the programs of the library system.

601 Court Street
Portsmouth VA 23704
757-393-8365

Another way to give is through your Virginia State Tax Refund:
On Line 23 of Virginia Tax Form 760, enter Portsmouth Public Library Foundation, Inc contribution code 213301 and the amount you wish to give. It can be part, or all, of your refund. You can also make a donation even if you are not receiving a refund. For assistance with making your voluntary donation, go to www.tax.virginia.gov or by calling the Library Foundation at 393-8365.

Teen Book Clubs are sponsored by the cartridge donation program with Rapid Refill. Please bring your used ink and/or toner cartridges and deposit them into our bins.


Library Wish List
– Purchase items for the Library.  Donations will be added to the Library System collection to be enjoyed by our citizens.