Library of Virginia 2022 Hours

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

The Library of Virginia's first-floor Lobby and Exhibition Gallery are 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:

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, plus Reading Room Saturdays, 10:00 AM–2:00 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 Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC currently considers the Richmond area to be at low risk for community transmission of COVID. Accordingly, the Library no longer requires masks indoors for visitors and staff. Unvaccinated guests and staff are still strongly encouraged to wear a mask. Visitors and staff who would like to continue to wear a mask while inside the building are welcome to do so.

Staff members are 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.

Using the Collections

Events Calendar

Effective March 15, 2022

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