About Us

Chesterfield County Public Library's Mission and Vision

To enhance the lives of our citizens by providing tools for a lifetime of learning.
To deliver world-class library service that informs and inspires our patrons and fosters a vibrant and thriving community.

Library Locations

Midlothian Library is closed for construction.

Contact Us

Call Us: 804-751-2275

Please call us to ask about library programs, your library account (expired card, forgot PIN, material renewals, other account questions), or general help.

Phone Line Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday: closed

Get a Library Card

CCPL Library Cards are free to residents of Chesterfield County and the surrounding counties/cities of:

  • Amelia
  • Charles City
  • Colonial Heights
  • Dinwiddie
  • Goochland
  • Hanover
  • Henrico
  • Hopewell
  • King and Queen
  • King William
  • New Kent
  • Petersburg
  • Powhatan
  • Prince George
  • Richmond (City)

Library Statistics

Brief stats:

  • 300 public computer workstations used 325,000 times annually
  • Americans typically go to the library three times more often than they go to the movies
  • Nationally, librarians answer 6.6 million questions weekly
  • Last year, CCPL customers borrowed more than 4 million times from our physical collection and 1.4 million times from the eBook collection.

Every day the library helps people transform information into usable knowledge. From small business and job search assistance to student support and preschool learning opportunities, we provide learning experiences through community engagement and a hands-on maker approach. Through our whiteboards, online surveys and day-to-day interactions with our 225,000 customers, we are continually requesting feedback on numerous programs and services.

More Than Books

We’ve found that today’s libraries are no longer just about books. Results from a recent survey show that 70% of customers use the library and its dozens of services and resources, specifically its diverse material collections, for personal learning. This includes getting help from librarians, attending educational or informational programs, using study spaces, or accessing specialty services such as local history or small business development centers.

Today’s library is about learning; we support learning through materials and access, but our future lies in creating and developing learning experiences.

Need for Resources

Often, people don’t realize that e-books are not free, and that much of the information needed for true learning is not freely available on the Internet. When you add Internet retrievals and subscription database prints and downloads, the total number of times that customers borrowed from our collections was 5.9 million last year.

CCPL in an Emergency

The library serves as a community gathering place during times of crisis. CCPL is a partner in the county’s emergency preparedness planning process and after-event response. The library has served as a place for recharging electronics, up-to-the-minute information collection and dissemination, Red Cross assistance point of contact, and food distribution. During power outages, temperature extremes, and other situations, CCPL welcomes you to visit the library. Please join us to:

  • Charge your phone
  • Cool off in high temperatures
  • Entertain your kids for a few hours
  • Check your email and get online

During a weather event, please call your local library before visiting to confirm that they are open and have power.

Guiding Principles & Commitments

Woven through the tapestry of our service is a commitment to provide the best experience possible. This commitment is integral to the curation of our collection, program planning, outreach efforts, and every customer interaction. We constantly strive to improve and do our absolute best when serving our community.

Join Our Staff

Want to be a part of our team? Visit our Careers page to find out more.


Public libraries first appeared in Chesterfield County during the early part of the 19th century. The early libraries began as a citizens’ movement. Some of the significant dates of CCPL’s development are:

  • 1903 - Hazen Library opens in Bon Air.
  • 1935 - Public Library of Chester opens.
  • 1964 - Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors votes to establish a library system.
  • 1967 - Chester and the Hazen Library open as libraries of the Chesterfield County Library System.
  • 1968 - State funding is received to begin a bookmobile. Two bookmobiles make 21 stops weekly, combined.


NACo - National Association of Counties

NACo 2023 Achievement Award Winner

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has awarded Chesterfield County Public Library with five 2023 Achievement Awards for innovative programs. The awards represent the library’s priority in working with residents to develop innovative, transformative programs. The programs are

Urban Libraries Council

The Urban Libraries Council announced Chesterfield County Public Library (CCPL) as one of eight Honorable Mentions during the 2023 Innovations Celebration held virtually on April 27. ULC’s annual Innovations awards recognize transformative programs from ULC’s member library systems across the U.S. and Canada that enhance the library field to further advocacy, anti-racism and digital equity, democracy, education, health and wellness, and workforce development.

CCPL’s “Visual Storytelling Through GIS- Who Do We Serve?” was selected by expert judges from nearly 150 submissions in eight categories that showcase creative thinking and out-of-the-box application of library resources. CCPL was honored in the category of Data and Performance Management with honorees being recognized for their level of inventiveness, the outcomes achieved and the ability for other libraries to adapt and implement their work.

Urban Libraries Council Honorable Mention Chesterfield County Public Library 2023