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Visiting to do Research

In our library

Our research library, which provides access to an unrivaled collection of primary and secondary sources, is open to the public for historical and genealogical researchYou can access the vast collections of the Virginia Historical Society in person or online.

How can we help with your research?

Admission

Admission to the research library is included with admission to the museum. During COVID-19 re-opening phases, we ask that you call the library in advance at 804.342.9677 or email Library staff at reference@virginiahistory.org to schedule an appointment.  

LIbrary Hours

Open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please note: the Research Library will be closed from August 23-September 6.

All facilities are closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. The Research Library is also closed on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Location Information

The Museum and Library are located at 428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220. View an interactive map.

Facility Information

Parking is available in our lot locate at the rear of the museum. The entrance is at the corner of Kensington Avenue and Shepard Street. Our building is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. View a complete list of Guest Rules & Regulations.

The extensive collection of our library is open to all Virginia Historical Society patrons, from the curious visitor to the professional researcher.
Find out more about The reading room
The library of the Virginia Historical Society maintains an extensive collection of items related to the history and culture of Virginia.
Find out more about What does the library contain?
Our library offers many services to help you with your research.
Find out more about The services we offer
Our library is open to the public. To protect our collection, here are some procedures and rules to follow in the reading room.
Find out more about Getting access and what to bring