Welcome Back!

The Library Reopens to Researchers by Appointment

The Library of Virginia happily welcomed researchers back to its reading rooms on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. During our initial reopening phase, researchers will be able to use the collections by advance appointment Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM. To make an appointment, please call 804.692.3800.


Voting Opens July 15 for the 17th Annual People’s Choice Awards

Cast your vote for the Library of Virginia's 17th Annual People's Choice Awards, part of our annual Literary Awards Celebration. Selected by input from Virginia librarians and independent booksellers, the finalists represent the most-requested titles by Virginia authors in fiction and nonfiction published in the past year. For nonfiction, books on a Virginia subject are also eligible.


Weinstein Author Series Virtual Event SARAH MILOV

The Cigarette: A Political History

The Library is excited to continue the Carole Weinstein Author Series with a free virtual book talk on Monday, July 20, 2020, at noon. Author and historian Sarah Milov will discuss her book The Cigarette: A Political History, which reveals the surprisingly vital role tobacco played in the political economy of the United States over the course of the 20th century. 


Featured speaker Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries 

Attention Teachers!

Ann & Ryland Brown Teacher Institute Coming August 3 & 4!

The eleventh annual Brown Teacher Institute will focus on the legacies of slavery and racism in the commonwealth, offering tools, resources, and content to aid educators in teaching these topics in the classroom. This free online-only program will feature live presentations and Q&A sessions. Teachers will discover new digital resources and explore how to use primary sources to enhance student learning.


New Virginia-themed Items at the Virginia Shop!

Check out our new Virginia-themed Items, including unique mugs, cutting boards, kitchen towels, and even a Virginia map face mask.


From the UncommonWealth blog:

A Book List on Racism and Resistance in Virginia History 

Evidence of the past appears in many forms. We find history in manuscript records, old newspapers, artifacts in a plowed field. But history is also alive in our daily lives—the family recipe that’s never been committed to paper, the church homecoming that’s older than the church building itself, the children’s rhyme chanted with each swing of a jump rope.

As Virginians reckon with the impact of racism on our society, we’re also reckoning with history—some of it buried, some of it in plain sight. Where do our ideas about race come from? How has the past shaped our public institutions? What are the stories we’ve told ourselves about the history of race and racism, and whose stories have been left untold in the process?

In this post, we’ve highlighted nonfiction books from the Library of Virginia’s collection that attempt to tackle these questions.