"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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The Story of Virginia

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 suggested admission to the museum. 

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
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?
Richmond Public Library 2002.301.42
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
What to bring
Due to the inclement weather, our galleries, museum shop, and research library will be opening at 11:30 am on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

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