The Library's Reading Rooms are open to researchers Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Please check our News & Events or contact us for any changes to our regular hours due to holiday closings, special events, or inclement weather.
When planning a trip to the Richmond area, we recommend you check out the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. Please also check our calendar to ensure the Library will be open and available to the public during your planned visit.
The Library of Virginia offers limited free parking to patrons using the building during operating hours. If parking is not available, a map to other area parking decks is available at Ride Finders' downtown commuter guide. The parking garage entrances at the Library of Virginia are located on 8th and 9th Streets and have a height restrictions of 7 feet. Both 8th and 9th Streets are one way streets. Elevators will take patrons from the parking garage to the lobby of the library. Parking validations are given in the lobby when leaving the library.
From Interstate 95 (from the North or from the South)
Take Exit 74C. A highway sign will say Library of Virginia. Proceed west on Broad Street until you reach 9th Street. Turn right and immediately get into the far left lane. Proceed down the block and prepare to turn left into the parking deck.
From Interstate 64 West (e.g. coming from Williamsburg)
Take the exit for Fifth Street and the Coliseum. Turn left on Marshall Street a few blocks (past the Coliseum on your left) after you exit Interstate 64. Proceed to Eighth Street, and turn right. The parking lot entrance will be immediately on your left.
From Interstate 64 East (e.g. coming from Charlottesville)
Take Interstate 95 South to Exit 74C. See instructions above for I-95.
Using the Collections and Policies
While the Library's reading rooms are open to the public, many of our collections are located in our closed stacks, meaning items must be requested through our catalog or via staff in order for you to use them. Therefore, access to these collections requires a valid I.D. In order to avoid delays and unexpected problems, please review the policies governing access to and use of our collections prior to your arrival at the Library. The Public Services staff, located on the second floor of the Library, will assist you. You can familiarize yourself with the layout of our public spaces with this floorplan.
Archives Research Room
The Archives Research Room is open Tuesday–Friday, 9:00 AM–4:30 PM. You must present a valid Library of Virginia library card (registered or renewed within the year) in order to access materials. Items are not pulled from the stacks between 1:00 and 2:00 PM. However, during that hour, you may access materials that have already been retrieved for you. The collection materials served here include original state agency records, local (city and county) records, and private papers such as bible records, organization records, and personal papers. The last request for records must be made by 4:00 PM.
Archives Annex Reading Room at the State Records Center
The Archives Annex Reading Room is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM. The building is closed during the lunch hour. Researchers should consult with the Archives Reference Services staff about materials housed there and call 804-692-3888 in advance to schedule an appointment. The Archives Annex Reading Room will be open by advance appointment only. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Please call no later than 4:30 PM the day before you plan to visit (only open on Wednesdays and Thursdays) to make an appointment. Researchers must register to use the room and follow the same policies as govern the use of materials in the Archives and Map Research Rooms at the Library of Virginia.
Manuscripts & Special Collections
Our Reading Room is open Tuesdays - Fridays, 1-4:30pm. The collection materials served here include: Broadsides, Ephemera, Prints & Photographs Collection, Rare Books, Sheet Music, and the State Art Collection. We also now serve original Architectural drawings and plans in our Reading Room. We do not serve original manuscript materials in our reading room. Researchers may want to consult with the Special Collections staff about available materials by calling 804-692-3703 or emailing email@example.com. Researchers must have a current library card and follow the same policies as govern the use of materials in the Archives and Map Research Rooms at the Library of Virginia. Our staff also now serves the map collection by appointment only. If you are interested in a viewing a map, please call our Sr. Map Archivist to set up an appointment at 804-692-3617.
Microfilm scanners are available for use Tuesday–Friday, 9:00 AM–4:45 PM. There is a two-hour time limit if all the scanners are in use and others are waiting. You may print from microfilm for a fee or scan to your own flash drive free of charge. Microfilm readily available in the cabinets includes city and county records, personal and land taxes, Virginia census records, and some newspapers—plus our collection of miscellaneous reels. Additional microfilm from our closed stacks is also available but must be requested prior to 4:30 PM. The copy center includes a photocopier, a book scanner, and a machine to add funds to your library card. You may copy for a fee or save to your own flash drive free of charge. The machine accepts cash ($1 minimum, bills only) or credit/debit ($5 minimum). To make photocopies or prints or to access materials from our closed stack, you must have a library card (registered or renewed within the year).
E-mail terminals are available for use Tuesday–Friday, 9:00 AM–4:50 PM. You must have a valid Library of Virginia library card (registered or renewed within the year) to access your e-mail or to print. Two computers are available, each for a maximum of two 15-minute sessions per day (sessions are timed). A print station and a machine to add funds to your library card are located nearby. The machine accepts cash ($1 minimum, bills only) or credit/debit ($5 minimum).
Wireless Internet Access
Wireless Internet access is provided on the first and second floors of the Library of Virginia. Electrical outlets for plugging in laptops are available at the study tables in the second floor Reading Rooms. Printing is available when using the Library's public computer workstations and wireless printing is available on personal laptops. More Information
The Virginia Shop
The Virginia Shop is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Extended hours are often held during evening and weekend public events at the Library of Virginia. The Virginia Shop offers programs such as artist demonstrations, First Friday events, and an evening book club, Books on Broad. We regularly feature the work of Virginia artists and artisans and focus on products made in, and inspired by, the commonwealth. If you have questions or would like to place an order please contact the Virginia Shop staff at 804-692-3524 or visit our online shop at www.thevirginiashop.org.