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Using the Collections

As the commonwealth's library at the seat of government and the state archives, the Library of Virginia's collections of books, periodicals, government publications, newspapers, architectural drawings and plans, manuscripts, archival records, maps, rare books, prints and photographs, and fine art are unsurpassed in depth and scope. These collections document the history, culture, and people of the commonwealth and are available on paper and microfilm, as well as digitally.

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Additional Resources

What's New in the Collections highlights newly accessioned, recently processed, and notable materials added to the Library's collections.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Find It Virginia offers full text access to a variety of magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and other reference works. Requires use of a valid library card from a Virginia public library.

TumbleBookLibrary - The Library of Virginia has purchased the TumbleBookLibrary for use by Virginia’s public libraries. The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of TumbleBooks, animated, talking picture books, suited for elementary school children. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books, adding sound, animation, music and narration to create an electronic picture book... more information »

Virginia Public Library Directory

Historical and Genealogical Societies in Virginia

Virginia Heritage Project database of finding aids to manuscript and archival collections housed at a variety of Virginia institutions.

Professional researchers specializing in Virginia history and use of the Library's collections.

Government Information Online Ask a Librarian Government Information Online (GIO) - is a free national online information service supported by nearly thirty public, academic, and state libraries throughout the United States. Participating librarians specialize in finding government information sources of all kinds, and will try to answer your questions through chat or email.

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