We’re Now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library

The Library of Virginia has become an affiliate library of FamilySearch, which offers the largest collection of digitized genealogical records in the world. While visiting the Library, users can access the FamilySearch database from one of our eight public computers or from their own devices using our Wi-Fi.


2020 Voorhees Virtual Lecture Series Begins August 19

Join us for the 17th Annual Voorhees Lecture Series, presented in three free virtual events beginning on August 19, 2020. Hosted by the Fry-Jefferson Map Society, this year’s theme is English Impressions of “Virginia” & Its Inhabitants before Jamestown: English Mapping & Iconography of the New World. 


“No Place Like Home” Items on Sale at the Virginia Shop

Save 25% on “No Place Like Home” glassware and kitchen items at the Virginia Shop in August. Use promo code VirginiaHome.


Rosa Dixon Bowser

Sophie Meredith

Celebrate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment!

August 18, 2020, is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia, the Library’s main exhibition, celebrates this important centennial. We are happy to announce that our Exhibition Gallery will reopen to visitors beginning Tuesday, September 1, 2020.


Voting Runs Through

August 31 for the

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. Winners will be announced at the Literary Awards Virtual Celebration on Saturday, October 17, 2020.


Member Spotlight:

Anna Moser & Peter Schwartz

Inspired by the Library of Virginia’s mission and values, Anna Moser and Peter Schwartz of Fauquier County, Virginia, joined the William Waller Hening Society—the planned giving society of the Library of Virginia Foundation—over a decade ago by including the organization in their estate planning. 

“We have always seen the Library of Virginia as a primary institution of cultural and historical literacy for all Virginians,” said Schwartz. Added Moser, “The Library truly promotes the literary values we want our community and our children to embrace, and it cannot fulfill this role without help from all of us.”


From the UncommonWealth blog:

Hunger Amidst Plenty: Congress, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Transformation of the Food Stamp Program

The Library of Virginia, in partnership with Virginia Humanities, sponsors research fellows during the academic year to conduct in-depth research in the Library’s collections. Tracy Roof, associate professor of political science at the University of Richmond, spent the spring researching and writing for a book project entitled Nutrition, Welfare, or Work Support? A Political History of the Food Stamp Program.

“Transcripts of the congressional hearings that built momentum behind these changes are available at the Library of Virginia. I read through them while under Virginia’s stay-at-home order to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the spring. Unfortunately, my research on the history of the food stamp program gained contemporary significance as millions of people lost their jobs and applied for SNAP, many for the first time.”