Our Library Provides:

  • Books, magazines, audio books, and videos (VHS tapes and DVDs) and the resources of the Eastern Shore Public Library System
  • Six public-use computers with Internet access and 24/7 wireless Internet (WiFi) access
  • Free books and magazines for those who do not have a library card
  • Children's reading programs
  • Adult education (in partnership with the Academy for Lifetime Learning) and literacy classes
  • Many other informational services for the general public
  • The Library Benefit Shop - music, note books, used books, and more.

Join The Island Library Book Clubs!

The Island Readers' Book Club meets at the library on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. We discuss a variety of books and would love to have you join us!

Nancy's Book Club Club (named in memory of one of its founding members, Nancy Roberts) meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. at the library to discuss books on a variety of topics.


Then & Now

In the video: Linda Ryan and Harriet Lonergan talk about the Chincoteague Island Library. Grants from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and the Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation helped renovate the library. (Copyright 2011, Hampton Roads Community Foundation)


Our Chincoteague Island Library is a small public library serving the residents of Chincoteague, our Eastern Shore neighbors and many seasonal visitors. Although free and open to the public, the library is independent and supported by private donations and grants and staffed by over 30 volunteers. We are affiliated with the Eastern Shore Public Library in Accomac, Virginia and share collections. The library contains current and popular books, audio books, CDs, a basic reference collection, magazines, DVDs, videos, and newspapers. There are computers for e-mail, word processing and surfing the net. The Island Library also offers 24-hour wireless internet connection.

The Island Library offers programs for children and adults throughout the year. The children’s programs include a summer story time/craft hour held on Thursdays during July and August as well as several special programs throughout the year. Several book clubs also hold monthly discussions during the year.

The library opened its doors on July 4, 1995. Less than 15 years later on Saturday, April 17, 2010, the library dedicated its brand new wing which tripled the size of the original building. Local architectural designer, Richard Vesely, donated his time and talent to create a design for an addition that preserved the original barbershop building and created a handsome new landmark that blends naturally into its historic waterside location. The Town of Chincoteague donated the land on which to build the addition, the Norfolk Foundation awarded the library a generous grant, and full-time, part-time residents and visitors of the community generously donated their time, talent and funds to help us reach our goal.


The Island Library Through the Years

Eastern Shore Public Library