Scott Dodson to Lead Library of Virginia Foundation

We are pleased to announce that Scott Dodson, CFRE, will join the Library of Virginia Foundation on September 3, 2019, as executive director.

Dodson is a results-driven fundraising professional with more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit cultural organizations.


22nd Annual Literary Awards Finalists Announced

The Library of Virginia has announced the finalists and speaker for the 22nd Annual Literary Awards Celebration to take place on Saturday, October 19, 2019.


Virginia Family History Day Conference, Sept. 14

The third annual Virginia Family History Day Conference, held Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the Library of Virginia, addresses the topic “Searching for Your Ancestors: The Genealogical Impact of Forced & Voluntary Virginia Migrations.”


NEW “Finding Your Virginia Roots”

Facebook Group

Let’s talk! The Library has launched a new Facebook genealogy group, "Finding Your Virginia Roots," to facilitate conversations on genealogy and share information and resources. The page encourages family historians and professional genealogists to interact with each other and with Library staff members.


1,000 Things Before Kindergarten

Learning 1,000 things before kindergarten may sound like a lot, but research demonstrates the value of children participating in school readiness activities before entering formal schooling. To accomplish that, the Library of Virginia has collaborated with the Soho Center and 17 public libraries across the commonwealth to promote school readiness.


Become a Member or Renew Your Support

Millions of people from across the country and around the world use the Library’s collections for research. Did you know that the Library has a membership program that helps support its programs, events, and exhibitions?

Donations starting at $50 provide all the benefits that come with membership, including an annual print subscription to Broadside, our quarterly magazine; 10 percent off all purchases at the Virginia Shops; and invitations to special members-only events and programs.


Summer Reading Special at the Virginia Shop

Through August, books that were finalists in past years for the Library of Virginia Literary Awards are 30 percent off when ordered online and 20 percent off for in-store purchases.


From Our Google Arts & Culture Exhibitions:

Pictorial Maps

Since the earliest days of cartography, pictorial elements have helped depict a place, region, and culture. Explore the Library's interactive online exhibition discussing pictorial maps that span from colonial Virginia to recent history.


Ongoing through December 7, 2019

EXHIBITION New Virginians: 1619-2019 & Beyond

Wednesday, August 7


Friday, August 9


Historic Census Records at the Library of Virginia

Wednesday, August 14

Literary Virginia Book Group

Friday, August 16


To Common Defense: Military Records for Genealogical Research

Wednesday, August 21

Sharing the Table with 88 Garden

Saturday, August 24

Help Us Celebrate Our Transcribe-aversary!

Closed for Labor Day Holiday

Saturday, August 31, 2019–Monday, September 2, 2019