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Library of Virginia Closed through March 29;

Events and Programs Suspended through April

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and community are top priorities at the Library of Virginia. To help limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Library will be closed to the public through March 29, 2020. We tentatively plan to reopen our first and second floors on Monday, March 30, but please check our website regularly for updates. We are monitoring the developing situation closely and following guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health, the Office of the Governor, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Visit Us Online! Discover the Library’s Amazing Digital Resources

We will miss our visitors while the building is closed, but the Library of Virginia has a wealth of online resources to discover from your home. In addition to research materials such as databases, guides, and indexes, the Library offers extensive digital collections through VirginiaMemory.com (records, newspapers, maps, photographs, ephemera, and artwork), resources for educators, volunteer opportunities for transcribers to work from their own computers, online exhibitions, and much more. Our social media platforms extend beyond Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We have beautiful and fascinating collection items on display on Pinterest and two Tumblr pages. You can shop online at the Virginia Shop for books, gifts, and items from Virginia artisans. 

You might be amazed by the breadth and variety of things you can access.


Become a Member of the Library of Virginia!

During these unprecedented times, the Library continues to serve millions of people through its website and digital resources. We appreciate your support in helping the Library serve Virginians wherever they may be.

Donations starting at $50 provide all the benefits that come with Semper Virginia Society 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. Whether it’s time for you to renew or you want to join us for the first time, it’s easy to donate.


From the UncommonWealth Blog

Stuck at Home? Virginia’s Public Libraries Offer Online Resources

Two informative blog posts offer news about how Virginia’s public libraries are responding to COVID-19. The UncommonWealth blog will be an ongoing source of information during this time of social distancing. Be sure to check it often!

Libraries in the Time of COVID-19

Have you chosen or been required to stay home because of COVID-19? Are your children looking for something to do while home from school? Virginia’s public libraries still have you covered!

Status of Virginia Public Libraries During COVID-19

We will endeavor to keep this list as up-to-date as possible, but please check with your library directly with any specific questions. By clicking on a library, you will be redirected to their website.