Heritage Public Library

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Passport Acceptance Center

HPL is a Passport Acceptance Center. With this service, passport seekers can apply for Passport books, Passport cards, and get forms and assistance with renewals. Passport services are by appointment only.

For your appointment:

  • Get a passport photo. Information about passport photo requirements can be found at the U.S. Department of State. At this time we do not offer photo services. Call us for information on nearby photo services.
  • Bring necessary identification and copies of identification. The library has a copy machine available. ID requirements are listed at the U.S. Department of State. Most applicants need one form of picture id such as a driver’s license and either an expired passport or a birth certificate (an original, not a photocopy). For children or individuals with special circumstances there are other document requirements. Please review these requirements at the State Department website or call us if you are unsure of what documents you need.
  • Bring checks, cashier’s checks or money orders for your passport fees. The library can accept cash for the processing fee, but the Department of State cannot. Fees to the Department of State and the processing fee are two separate payments.
  • Forms can be downloaded at U.S. Department of State. Forms are also available at HPL. You may fill out forms in advance of your appointment to save time, but please wait to sign them until your are asked to do so by your passport agent, and remember to use black ink.
  • Coming with your family? Groups must make one appointment for each person seeking a passport.

Questions? Give us a call at 804-966-2480.

Career Tools

HPL provides job search and training resources through our partnership with Resource Workforce Center. Call or visit the library to create your account and get started. Tools include ResumePro, Career Pathways Explorer (online interest and skills analysis), online job search, and online education. For ages 17-24, there are additional programs with even more tools. Go to Job Seeker Services for more information.


The Heritage Public Library System offers exam proctoring services for the public at the New Kent and Charles City locations. Proctoring is by appointment only. The Heritage Public Library System offers exam proctoring services for the public at the New Kent and Charles City locations. We charge $25.00 for up to 3 hours or $40.00 for over 3 hours per exam for residents of Charles City and New Kent counties and $50.00 for up to 3 hours or $80.00 for over 3 hours for non-residents. Exams are proctored by appointment only.Driving school exams are exempt from proctoring fees and need no appointment. Fees for proctoring services are payable by cash or check only.  Checks should be made payable to the Heritage Public Library.

Meeting Room Reservations

The New Kent location of HPL has a meeting room and a study room that can be reserved.

  • Please read our Meeting Room Policy first.
  • Contact HPL to check on room availability. If the main meeting room is not available or if you need a smaller space, ask about our study room or other quiet areas.
  • Fill out and submit a reservation application, available at either branch or online: Meeting Room Reservation Application.
  • Tables, chairs, projector, and screen are available for use.

Meeting Room Policy

a. The following groups are eligible to use HPL’s meeting room for meetings and educational purposes;

1) Groups under the sponsorship or direction of HPL or its Friends group.

2) Non-profit, civic or charitable, tax exempt organizations serving Charles City or New Kent counties.

3) Responsible individuals or organizations within the counties not charging an admission fee.

4) For-profit enterprises that will use the facilities no more than four times per year and will pay $100.00 for each use. If library staff time is required, additional fees may apply.

b. Any organization, group, individual, or enterprise desiring to use the meeting room must complete the appropriate application forms. Applications will be approved, modified, or disapproved by the Library Director.

c. Application for use of the meeting room must be submitted at least fourteen (14) days prior to the planned activity. The Library Director will grant use of the meeting room in the order in which the applications are received, so long as it does not interfere with already scheduled programs or meetings. Meeting room use is restricted to regular library hours, unless it is for a library-sponsored or Friends-sponsored event. For groups listed under (a.1) there shall be no written application nor limit on the frequency of reservations.

d. Every applicant who receives permission to use the building shall, during the time of such use, be responsible for the preservation of law and order on the property and be responsible for damage to the building and its contents while using same.  Any individual or organization who abuses the property or fails to comply with all rules and regulations will not only be financially responsible for any damage, but also may be denied further use of the facility. Children must be under the supervision of a responsible adult at all times.

e. Smoking, the burning of candles, having an open flame, or the consumption of alcoholic beverages are all forbidden.

f. The use of decorations is not permitted unless approved by the Library Director.

g. Animals or pets are not permitted in the building unless approved by the Library Director.

h. All events (including clean-up) must end fifteen minutes before the library closes.

i. Room set-up, take-down, and clean up are the responsibility of the organization using the room.

j. The Community Bulletin Board, located in the entrance way, may be used by patrons to publicize coming events available in our area that may be of interest to our patrons. Anyone wishing to post a notice must first get permission from the staff person at the front desk. Notices must be dated and any item that has been posted for more than two weeks may be removed at the Director’s discretion. If an item advertises an event, it may not be posted any earlier than two weeks prior to the event.

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  • New Kent

    7791 Invicta Lane
    New Kent, VA 23124
    804-966-2480 phone
    804-966-5982 FAX

    Mon. 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Tue. 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Wed. 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Fri. 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Sat. 10:00am - 2:00pm

  • Charles City

    10780 Courthouse Road
    Charles City, VA 23030
    804-652-2450 phone
    804-829-2408 FAX

    Mon. 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Thu. 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sat. 10:00am - 2:00pm

  • Mailing Address

    Heritage Public Library
    7791 Invicta Lane
    New Kent, VA 23124

    HPL is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Gifts to the library may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor.

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