Kotz Award Winner Announced

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are pleased to announce the winner of the annual Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award. The judges selected Philip J. Deloria's book Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Abstract as this year’s winner.


2020 Voorhees Virtual Lecture Series Continues on September 23

This year's Voorhees Lecture Series, hosted by the Fry-Jefferson Map Society, has the theme English Impressions of “Virginia” & Its Inhabitants before Jamestown: English Mapping & Iconography of the New World. Two free virtual events remain in the series, each requiring its own registration. Events begin at 7:00 PM.


In-Store Shopping Has Returned!

The Virginia Shop at the Library is now open to the public two days a week—Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We offer books, gifts, souvenirs, décor, and other items for history lovers and the literary-minded. We’d love to see you here! For staff and visitor safety, customers must wear face coverings and go through the Library’s current entry screening process. For more information, call 804.692.3524.


Exhibition Gallery Now Open!

Plan your visit to see We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia in the Library of Virginia’s Exhibition Gallery, which reopened to the public on August 26, Women’s Equality Day and the 100th anniversary of the day the 19th Amendment was certified and added to the Constitution. We Demand reveals how women created two statewide organizations to win the right to vote.


September Is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Did you know Virginia residents can register for a Library of Virginia account or renew a current card online? Your Library of Virginia card is a separate account from your local library card, so be sure you have both!


From the UncommonWealth blog:

“Research Sprints” Help Show What Virginia Papers Covered During the Holocaust

What did Virginia newspapers report about Nazi persecution during the 1930s and 1940s? There is a misconception that Americans did not know about the Holocaust as it was happening, but many facts were reported through daily newspapers.

Early in 2020, the Library of Virginia began planning a series of “research sprints” with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for their History Unfolded project. This project is organized around specific events that were likely to be covered in American newspapers. Members of the public, sometimes called citizen archivists or historians, search newspapers for articles related to these events and upload them to the site. Read more to learn about the process and how to join in on two upcoming research sprints.