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Research in Our Collections

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Research Guides | Bibliographies - detailed guides to parts of our collections


The Library's collections of books, periodicals, government publications, and microforms totals 1,909,751 items, including 53,101 reels of newspaper microfilm and 687,644 federal government publications. There are currently 7,279 digital state publications available online via the Library of Virginia website.

The Library's Archival Collections now total 80,045 cubic feet, or approximately 120 million items. The Archival Collection also includes 49,543 reels of microfilm, an estimated 68,100 maps, and 16,000 architectural plans and drawings. 

The Library's Special Collections includes 52,750 rare book titles, dating as far back as the 15th century and collected over the past 175 years; Fine Art including paintings and sculptures located largely in buildings in the Capitol Square area, such as the Library, State Capitol, Executive Mansion and Supreme Court; and more than 310,000 prints, photographs, postcards, posters, and ephemera in the Prints and Photographs Collection.