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The City of Newport News’ Department of Libraries and Information Services includes four public libraries and a Public Law Library.

Directions To Grissom

Directions to Grissom Library

From Norfolk/Virginia Beach:

  1. Follow Interstate 64 West to exit 255B (NN/Williamsburg International Airport). 
  2. Exit 255B leads to Jefferson Ave. (Rt. 143 West).  Continue on Jefferson. 
  3. At the 6th light (intersection of Jefferson Ave. and Denbigh Blvd.), turn left onto Denbigh Blvd.
  4. Continue on Denbigh Blvd and turn right at the 5th light (intersection of Denbigh Blvd. and Old Courthouse Way)
  5. Follow Old Courthouse Way and take the first left onto DeShazor Drive
  6. At the end of the first block, the fire station will be on the right.  DeShazor Drive makes a jag here.  Keep the fire station on the right. DeShazor will lead into the library parking lot.

From Chesapeake/Suffolk:

  1. Take Interstate I-664 across the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge/Tunnel to Newport News/Hampton
  2. Follow I-664 until it connects to Interstate 64.  (Stay in the left lane on I664 and take I64 West.) 
  3. Follow I-64 West to exit 255B (NN/Williamsburg International Airport)
  4. Exit 255B leads to Jefferson Ave. (Rt. 143 West).  Continue on Jefferson
  5. At the 6th light (intersection of Jefferson Ave. and Denbigh Blvd.), turn left onto Denbigh Blvd.
  6. Continue on Denbigh Blvd and turn right at the 5th light (intersection of Denbigh Blvd. and Old Courthouse Way)
  7. Follow Old Courthouse Way and take the first left onto DeShazor Drive
  8. At the end of the first block, the fire station will be on the right.  DeShazor Drive makes a jag here.  Keep the fire station on the right. DeShazor will lead into the library parking lot.

From Williamsburg:

  1. Follow I-64 East to exit 255B (NN/Williamsburg International Airport). 
  2. Exit 255B leads to Jefferson Ave. (Rt. 143 West).  Continue on Jefferson. 
  3. At the 6th light (intersection of Jefferson Ave. and Denbigh Blvd.), turn left onto Denbigh Blvd.
  4. Continue on Denbigh Blvd and turn right at the 5th light (intersection of Denbigh Blvd. and Old Courthouse Way)
  5. Follow Old Courthouse Way and take the first left onto DeShazor Drive
  6. At the end of the first block, the fire station will be on the right.  DeShazor Drive makes a jag here.  Keep the fire station on the right. DeShazor will lead into the library parking lot.

From James River Bridge:

  1. Turn right onto Warwick Blvd. (Rt. 60 West)
  2. Stay on Warwick Blvd. for about 10-12 miles
  3. Turn left on Denbigh Blvd
  4. Turn right on Old Courthouse Way
  5. Turn left on DeShazor Drive
  6. At the end of the first block, the fire station will be on the right.  DeShazor Drive makes a jag here.  Keep the fire station on the right. DeShazor will lead into the library parking lot.

From Rt. 17/York County:

  1. Take a right on Denbigh Blvd
  2. Cross Jefferson Avenue and Warwick Blvd.
  3. Turn right on Old Courthouse Way
  4. Turn left on DeShazor Drive
  5. At the end of the first block, the fire station will be on the right.  DeShazor Drive makes a jag here.  Keep the fire station on the right. DeShazor will lead into the library parking lot.

Directions to Main St.

Directions to Main Street Library

From Norfolk/Virginia Beach:

  1. Take I-64 West to Exit 258A (J. Clyde Morris Blvd./Route 17 South)
  2. Stay on J. Clyde Morris Blvd. for about two miles.
  3. Go straight through the intersection with Jefferson Avenue, over an overpass and past Riverside Hospital on the left.  Get in the left lane.
  4. Turn left at the next stoplight onto Warwick Blvd. (Route 60 East)
  5. Follow Warwick Blvd. to Historic Hilton Village–about 2-3 miles.
  6. Turn left at Main Street.
  7. Take the first right onto Municipal Lane.
  8. Take the second left into Main Street Library’s parking lot.  (First left takes you into the Fire Station parking area)

From Williamsburg/Richmond:

  1. Take I-64 East to Exit 258A (J. Clyde Morris Blvd./Route 17 South)
  2. Stay on J. Clyde Morris Blvd. for about two miles.
  3. Go straight through the intersection with Jefferson Avenue, over an overpass and past Riverside Hospital on the left.  Get in the left lane.
  4. Turn left at the next stoplight onto Warwick Blvd. (Route 60 East)
  5. Follow Warwick Blvd. to Historic Hilton Village–about 2-3 miles.
  6. Turn left onto Main Street.
  7. Take the first right onto Municipal Lane.
  8. Take the second left into Main Street Library’s parking lot.  (First left takes you into the Fire Station parking area)

From James River Bridge:

  1. After crossing bridge, stay in right lane.
  2. After the stop light, road goes over an overpass and also bears to the right.  Follow the road  to the right.
  3. Road then branches to the left and right.  Stay to the left.
  4. Turn left at Warwick Blvd.
  5. Follow Warwick Blvd. about 1 mile.
  6. Turn right onto Main Street.
  7. Take the first right onto Municipal Lane.
  8. Take the second left into Main Street Library’s parking lot.  (First left takes you into the Fire Station parking area)

From Chesapeake:

  1. Take I-664 through Monitor Merrimac Tunnel.
  2. Take 35th Street exit.
  3. Follow exit to the right onto Warwick Blvd.
  4. Take Warwick Blvd north and cross Mercury Blvd.
  5. Turn right onto Main Street.
  6. Take the first right onto Municipal Lane.
  7. Take the second left into Main Street Library’s parking lot.  (First left takes you into the Fire Station parking area)

From Rt. 17/York County:

  1. Follow Route 17 (J. Clyde Morris Blvd) to Warwick Blvd.
  2. Turn left onto Warwick Blvd.
  3. Follow Warwick Blvd. to Historic Hilton Village–about 2-3 miles.
  4. Turn left at Main Street.
  5. Take the first right onto Municipal Lane.
  6. Take the second left into Main Street Library’s parking lot.  (First left takes you into the Fire Station parking area)

Directions to Pearl Bailey

Directions to Pearl Bailey Library

From Norfolk/Virginia Beach:

  1. Follow I-64 West to I-664.
  2. Stay on I-664 and go five miles to EXIT 26th/27th Street.
  3. Bear to the left to 27th Street.
  4. Go three blocks, take a right onto Wickham Avenue.
  5. Continue on Wickham Avenue until you reach 25th Street.
  6. Library is on the corner of 25th Street and Wickham Avenue.

From Williamsburg/Richmond:

  1. Follow I-64 East to I-664.
  2. Stay on I-664 and go five miles to EXIT 26th/27th Street.
  3. Bear to the left to 27th Street.
  4. Go three blocks, take a right onto Wickham Avenue.
  5. Continue on Wickham Avenue until you reach 25th Street.
  6. Library is on the corner of 25th Street and Wickham Avenue.

From Chesapeake/Suffolk:  

  1. Take I-664, through the Monitor-Merrimac Tunnel.
  2. Follow I-664 to the 25th Street Exit.
  3. Continue on 25th Street until you reach Wickham Avenue (about 4 lights). 
  4. Pearl Bailey Library is on the corner of 25th and Wickham Avenue.

Directions to West Ave.

Directions to West Ave. Library

From Norfolk/Virginia Beach:

  1. Take I-64 West to I-664.
  2. Continue on I-664 to Exit 6 (26th/27th Streets).  
  3. Take 26th Street off ramp and move to the right lane.  
  4. At the traffic light (Huntington Avenue), keep straight on 26th Street.  
  5. The next light is 26th Street and Washington Avenue.  Continue straight through the light.  
  6. The next intersection is 26th and West Avenue.  Turn right onto West Avenue go four blocks to 30th Street.  
  7. The library will be on your left.

From Williamsburg/Richmond:

  1. Take I-64 East to I-664.
  2. Continue on I-664 to Exit 6 (26th/27th Streets).  
  3. Take 26th Street off ramp and move to the right lane.  
  4. At the traffic light (Huntington Avenue), keep straight on 26th Street.  
  5. The next light is 26th Street and Washington Avenue.  Continue straight through the light.  
  6. The next intersection is 26th and West Avenue.  Turn right onto West Avenue go four blocks to 30th Street.  
  7. The library will be on your left.

Directions to Law Library

Directions to Public Law Library

From I-64 (either east or west):

  1. Take Exit 264 onto I-664 to downtown Newport News.  
  2. Continue on I-664 to Exit 6 (26th/27th Streets).  
  3. The exit splits (one lane going to 27th, one to 26th)–take 26th Street.  Move to the right lane.  
  4. At the traffic light (Huntington Ave.), keep straight onto 26th Street.    
  5. The next light is 26th Street and Washington Avenue.  
  6. The Courthouse is on the left corner.   
  7. Parking is available on the far right corner.  It is a paid lot.

Administration Office

Directions to Library Administration Office

From Williamsburg/Richmond:

  1. Take Exit 258A (Rt. 17 South/J. Clyde Morris Blvd.)
  2. From off-ramp remain in right lane, merge onto Diligence Drive.
  3. Turn right onto Thimble Shoals Blvd.
  4. Proceed to Canon Blvd (the next stoplight).  Turn right onto Canon Blvd.
  5. At the next stoplight, turn left onto Lakefront Commons.  This road leads you into the back of the parking garage.
  6. Park anywhere on the 3rd-5th floors.  Elevator and stairs are located in the right corner. (facing the front of the parking garage)
  7. Use the elevator or stairs to go down to the first floor.
  8. Go across the street to the red brick building – 700 Town Center Drive.
  9. Building is angled so the front entrance faces the fountain.  Take elevator to 3rd floor.
  10. Department of Libraries is directly opposite the elevator – door to the left.

From Norfolk/Virginia Beach:

  1. Take Exit 258A (Rt. 17 South/J. Clyde Morris Blvd.) 
  2. At the stoplight, turn right on Diligence Drive. 
  3. Turn right onto Thimble Shoals Blvd.
  4. Proceed to Canon Blvd (the next stoplight).  Turn right onto Canon Blvd.
  5. At the next stoplight, turn left onto Lakefront Commons.  This road leads you into the back of the parking garage
  6. Park anywhere on the 3rd-5th floors.  Elevator and stairs are located in the right corner. (facing the front of the parking garage)
  7. Use the elevator or stairs to go down to the first floor.
  8. Go across the street to the red brick building – 700 Town Center Drive.
  9. Building is angled so the front entrance faces the fountain.  Take elevator to 3rd floor.
  10. Department of Libraries is directly opposite the elevator – door to the left.

From Rt. 17 from Gloucester, York County: 

  1. Right after the I64 overpass, move into the far right lane. 
  2. At the stoplight, turn right on Diligence Drive. 
  3. Turn right onto Thimble Shoals Blvd.
  4. Proceed to Canon Blvd (the next stoplight).  Turn right onto Canon Blvd.
  5. At the next stoplight, turn left onto Lakefront Commons.  This road leads you into the back of the parking garage
  6. Park anywhere on the 3rd-5th floors.  Elevator and stairs are located in the right corner. (facing the front of the parking garage)
  7. Use the elevator or stairs to go down to the first floor.
  8. Go across the street to the red brick building – 700 Town Center Drive.
  9. Building is angled so the front entrance faces the fountain.  Take elevator to 3rd floor.
  10. Department of Libraries is directly opposite the elevator – door to the left.

From James River Bridge:

  1. Turn left on Jefferson Avenue, Route 143.
  2. Stay on Jefferson for about 5 miles.  You will pass through intersection of Jefferson Ave. and Rt. 17 (J. Clyde Morris Blvd.)
  3. Turn right on Thimble Shoals. (IHOP is across the street)
  4. Turn at the first left at Merchants Walk.
  5. Turn right into the parking garage.
  6. Park anywhere on the 3rd-5th floors.  Elevator and stairs are located in the right corner. (facing the front of the parking garage)
  7. Use the elevator or stairs to go down to the first floor.
  8. Go across the street to the red brick building – 700 Town Center Drive.
  9. Building is angled so the front entrance faces the fountain.  Take elevator to 3rd floor.
  10. Department of Libraries is directly opposite the elevator – door to the left.
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