Blackwater Regional Library


Some of our libraries carry active subscriptions to the local newspapers, but we also keep a print archive as space allows.

Access World News Research Collection:
Explore and stay informed on local (Smithfield Times, Tidewater News, Virginian Pilot, and Richmond Times Dispatch), national and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from around the world to around the corner, including [insert local title if applicable]. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device. (library card required for remote access)

Smithfield Times (1928-2013)
The same issues are available on microfilm, ask a librarian today!

Sussex Surry Dispatch  (1913-2011) are available on microfilm, ask a librarian today!

Tidewater News (2014-present) (library card required for remote access)
Issues as far back as 1917 are available on microfilm, ask a librarian today!

  • Mission

    Our purpose is to
    provide online and print resources,
    access to innovative technologies 
    and a skilled staff to patrons
    in our service area.

  • Contact Us

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  • Who We Serve

    Blackwater Regional Library
    serves the communities of:
    Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry
    and Sussex Counties 
    and the City of Franklin

This site is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is managed by the The Library of Virginia Library Development and Networking Division.