The 2015 UCI Road World Championships are coming to Richmond, September 19-27. The courses will pass in front of the Library and will affect Library access. The Library’s lobby, exhibition, and the Virginia Shop will be open; the reading rooms and parking deck will be closed from September 21 through 25 and the entire Library will be closed on September 26. Please check our online calendar and for more details.

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Adopt Virginia's History

The story of Virginia—from the time of its beginnings as a colony to the present day—is recorded here at the Library of Virginia. Our collections are filled with the stories we protect for future generations to study and enjoy. Rare books and documents, fine art, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, ephemera, photographs, prints, journals, wills, deeds, acts, sculpture, architectural plans, correspondence, bibles, and serials are among the precious items housed at the Library.

Many of our items require conservation treatment before they can be made available to researchers and visitors for years to come. Only through professional conservation can we extend the life span of many fragile works.

You can assist us!

The Adopt Virginia's History program supports our conservation efforts, helping the Library preserve our state’s collective memory. Conservation can involve a simple repair and cleaning to make an item more accessible to the general public, which can cost as little as $100. A larger, more complex work can cost as much as $5,000 for a complete restoration. Please see the highlighted items below that are in need of adoption to guarantee their preservation.

We will acknowledge your generous adoption or contribution of $100 or more with a certificate and will note your gift in our online catalog according to your wishes—in celebration of a birthday, in memory of a loved one, or for another reason. You will be invited for a personal visit to Special Collections to see your adopted item after conservation.

We welcome donations to our general conservation fund in any amount. You can be proud of your contribution to this important cause, which is tax deductible.

Please check back often to see which works have been adopted and to view additional items in need of adoption below!

The Adopt Virginia's History program relies on the support of local businesses to support its mission and programming. For more information about the Adopt Virginia's History program, please contact Amy Bridge, Executive Director of the Library of Virginia Foundation, at 804-692-3590 or