Book Donations

Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office seeks donations for Inmate Library

The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office is seeking book donations for its Inmate Library.

The library, which serves 1,400 inmates, consists entirely of donations, which have to be replenished as books become damaged or worn out. It typically houses about 3,500 volumes, ranging from self-help books to mysteries.

Donations may be brought to the Correctional Center at 2501 James Madison Blvd. and dropped off at Visitation (on the Nimmo Parkway side of the building) between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. or the Administration Lobby (on the James Madison Boulevard side) between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The VBSO cannot accept hardcover books or books that contain sexually explicit material, advocate violence or provide technical information – such as electrical or plumbing manuals – that could compromise facility security.

Sheriff Ken Stolle also would like to thank The Chrysler Museum for its generous donation of approximately 200 art books to the Inmate Library on Aug. 9.

“Reading can be an important part of helping inmates learn, change their way of thinking and use their jail time wisely,” said Sheriff Stolle. “I am so grateful to everyone in the community that has contributed to our library, including The Chrysler Museum.”

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact: Kathy Hieatt, Public Information Officer: 757.385.8446 or