Library of Virginia Open Tuesday–Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Appointments are no longer required for researchers

The Library of Virginia's second-floor reading rooms are open to all with no advance appointment necessary during our current hours, which as of July 6, 2021, expand to Tuesday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM.

The Archives Research Room 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. Our Exhibition Gallery will be closed May 29–August 29, 2021, while we prepare for our next exhibition.

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 resources, virtual events (and some in-person events), and other ways to engage with the Library.

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Effective July 6, 2021

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