Library of Virginia Fall 2021 Hours

Lobby and Exhibition Gallery: Monday–Saturday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Reading Room Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

We’re pleased to offer expanded hours effective Monday, September 27, 2021.

The Library of Virginia's first-floor Lobby and Exhibition Gallery are now open Monday–Saturday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM.

The Library of Virginia's second-floor reading rooms are open to all with no advance appointment Tuesday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM, as well as on the Saturdays below.

Special Saturday Reading Room Hours:
October 2 & 23, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
November 6 & 20, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
December 4 & 18, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM

The Archives Research Room closes at 4:30 pm and is closed for lunch from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Our Special Collections Reading Room still requires an appointment (call 804.692.3703 or email

The Virginia Shop at the Library is open Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM. The shop offers books, gifts, souvenirs, décor, and other items for history lovers and the literary-minded. The Virginia Shop at the Capitol is open Wednesday–Friday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM.

The Library of Virginia follows 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 visiting 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.

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 and on-site resources, virtual and in-person events, and other ways to engage with the Library.

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Effective September 27, 2021

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