Library of Virginia Open to Researchers by Appointment, Tues–Fri, 10 AM–4 PM

The Exhibition Gallery and the Virginia Shop have also reopened with limited hours

The Library of Virginia’s reading rooms are open to researchers by advance appointment. During this current reopening phase, researchers will be able to use the collections by appointment Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 AM– 4:00 PM.

Our Exhibition Gallery has reopened to visitors. Come see We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia any time during the Library’s current hours, Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM. No ticket or reservation needed. This free exhibition reveals how women created two statewide organizations to win the right to vote. Face coverings are required for entry into the building and visitors to the Gallery are limited to 10 people at a time.

The Virginia Shop at the Library is now open during the Library’s current hours, Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM. The shop offers books, gifts, souvenirs, décor, and other items for history lovers and the literaryminded. Customers must wear face coverings and go through the Library’s current entry screening process.

How to schedule a research appointment:

If you cannot keep your appointment or need to change it, please call the Library. We reserve the right to cancel your appointment if you do not arrive within 30 minutes of your appointment time.

COVID-19, which prompted the Library’s closing to the public in mid-March, continues to pose a serious public health risk. The Library’s reopening process includes new health and safety protocols based on the latest guidance from the Governor’s Office, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What to expect when returning to the Library:

For additional information about what to expect on your visit, please see our COVID-19 Update: Guidelines for Researchers, which will be updated regularly. And watch our new "Reopening Guidelines for Visitors" video at

Staff members are still available to respond to your questions and research inquiries by email or phone. For Library Reference assistance, call 804.692.3777 or email For Archives Reference assistance, call 804.692.3888 or email

Please visit our website at and follow us on social media to find online resources, virtual events, and other ways to engage with the Library

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Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation together.

November 2, 2020

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