Library of Virginia Services and Resources Are Still Available

With Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s announcement last week asking residents to remain in their homes except for essential purposes until June 10, the Library of Virginia is closed to the public until further notice. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and community are top priorities at the Library of Virginia. We continue to monitor the developing situation closely and follow guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please check our website regularly for the most up-to-date information on our operating status.

Know that we are still available. The articles below offer news about ways that Library staff members can assist you by phone or email and through online resources, such as a new Genealogy Webinar Series. Please check our News and Events page and follow us on social media for current information.


New Genealogy Webinar Series: Find Your Family History Launches April 10

The Library’s genealogy workshop series has taken a hit with the suspension of our on-site events, so we’ve decided to go online and offer a free three-part webinar series, Find Your Family History, to help you trace your roots. Each recorded webinar will be followed by a “live” Q&A session on the Library’s Facebook Group page, “Finding Your Virginia Roots.”

Register via Eventbrite for one or all three of these webinars.


Got Questions?

Reference and Research Help Is Available by Email and Telephone

We’re still here! The Library of Virginia’s Public Services staff members are able to assist you with limited reference and research questions via email or telephone. While we can’t do extended research for you, such as pulling together materials for your term paper or working on your family history, we can answer basic questions about Virginia history, culture, and biography. We’ll suggest search strategies for both our in-house collections and online resources. Copies of materials in the collection are available for a fee and we can explain the fee structure for your material when you contact us.


Explore Online Resources for We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia

You don’t have to visit the Library of Virginia in person to enjoy portions of We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia, the exhibition currently showing in our gallery. Instead, pop online and browse the suffrage history from there! Read the biographies of our suffragists, scroll through the time line of their hard work and adventures, print out coloring pages if inspired...


Discover Digital Content through the Library’s Social Media

A great source for news and events, social media is also a gateway to amazing digital resources. If you only follow us on Facebook, this is a great time to explore all of the Library of Virginia’s social platforms and online content. “Curated for the Curious,” one of our tag lines, describes well the fascinating images, collection items, and information we share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as Pinterest, Flickr, and two Tumblr pages.


From the UncommonWealth blog:

Make Some History From the

Comfort of Your Couch! 

Stuck at home? Need a project? We’ve got three!

These three projects use crowdsourcing to help make historical materials at the Library of Virginia more discoverable and accessible. Enhance access to collections documenting over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture by transforming historical documents into searchable text. This is the perfect opportunity for participants to dig deep into our collections and transcribe historic materials.