Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation

Who are We?

The Eastern Shore Public Library (ESPL) is the regional library for a system comprising

a library in Accomac, a branch library in Nassawadox and two affiliated libraries in Chincoteague and Cape Charles.

Are Libraries Relevant?

Yes! Libraries provide everyone equal access to the information we all need: books, periodicals, study and meeting rooms, archives and the Internet.

Why do We Need a Regional Library?

The ESPL's goal is to transform itself into a center for learning, history and community activities. The Regional Library orders, receives and processes books and materials, and distributes them to all four library locations. The Regional Library also maintains all ESPL computers, furnishes office and computer supplies, and pays for a staff person at the Island Library. The Regional Library provides Nassawadox,  Chincoteague, and Cape Charles libraries services their budgets cannot afford.

Why Build the Regional Library in Parksley?

The Town of Parksley proposed transforming its empty, downtown Fresh Pride grocery store into the Regional Library. Parksley is transforming itself through technology, heritage tourism, and economic development. Parksley also offers public water and sewage systems and ample high broadband connectivity. Route 13 passes near Parksley, connecting it to the entire Shore from New Church to Kiptopeke.

What will the Regional Library Offer?

The footprint will increase to 21,000 square feet, with a children’s room, spaces for teens to study, climate control, storage space for our important archives, and mobile technology labs. Internet technology will provide better service to actual and virtual visitors.

How will we pay for the Regional Library?

The capital campaign chaired by Colette Nelson and John Willis Edmonds, IV, will raise the needed $5.3 million through grants, government funding, corporate sponsorship and individual donations. We have already raised over 90% of the estimated costs with a committed $2 million from Accomack County, $1.5 million from the Commonwealth of Virginia, and over $1 million from other sources including more than $750,000 in private donations.

How can I help?

Donations can be mailed to:

Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation

PO Box 554, Accomac, VA 23301


esplibraryfundraiser16@gmail.com or

visit our site at www.shorelibrary.com


Volunteers contact:

Brenda Holden, 757-787-8590 beholden1972@hotmail.com or

Carol Callander, 757-665-4685 carolcallander@aol.com

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