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The Reading Room

The Reading Room is free and open to all VMHC patrons, from the curious visitor to the professional researcher. If you have ever been to the society’s reading room to look at any of the more than eight million processed manuscripts in the collection, then you know how it feels to hold a piece of history in your hands. Scholars, students, amateur historians, and genealogists all experience that feeling on a daily basis here at the society.


Our reading room has a non-circulating collection. Library materials may be examined in the Reading Room. Learn more about our rules and policies. Library staff will deliver requested materials to patrons in the reading room. Photographs are served by appointment only. Please use our online form to make an appointment.

Admission to the research library is included with museum suggested admission.

The library is open by appointment only. 

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Library, Virginia Museum of History & Culture, P.O. Box 7311, Richmond, Virginia 23221

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