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The reading room

The Joseph Bryan, John Stewart Bryan, and David Tennant Bryan Reading Room is free and open to all Virginia Historical Society 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 Joseph Bryan, John Stewart Bryan, and David Tennant Bryan 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.

Monday through Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm*
*Last call for materials and photocopies must be made by 4:40 pm.

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

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