Library of Virginia

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Library of Virginia
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1] Contact Us Form


The Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Telephone:[1] 804-692-3500
Fax:[1] 804-692-3556
Hours and holidays:

Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Please check our News & Events Calendar or contact us for any changes to our regular hours due to holiday closings, special events, or inclement weather. The Library is closed often during a given month for various reasons.[2]

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

  • Library of Virginia Home. Contact Us, Forms, News & Events, Support the Library, About us, For The Public Section, For Localities and State Agencies Section, For Libraries & Educators Section.
  • Online catalog. The LVA Catalog combines the "Books & Journals" catalog, the "Archives & Manuscripts" catalog, and the "Images & Indexes" databases. You can search these catalogs simultaneously by using the "Full Catalog" page. You may also search each catalog separately by clicking on the
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    catalog name or by using the navigation tabs above. Also available on WorldCat.
  • Digital collections include: *Land Records; Vital Records; Virginia Death Indexing; Henley Marriage/Obituary Index to Virginia Newspapers; Marriage and Obituary Index for Richmond Enquirer/Richmond Visitor; Petersburg Public Library Newspaper Index; Probate Records; Index to Wills and Administrations; Church Records; Bristol Church and Family Cemeteries Index; Military Records; Virginia Colonial Records Project; Coats of Arms; Index to Sources on Family Coats of Arms; Biographies; WPA Life Histories Collection.
  • Circuit Court Records Preservation Program Page dedicated to the Program and access to various links. For example: County and City Records - online guides and databases to county and city records available at the Library of Virginia, including court, land, vital, and probate records.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Has a historical map collection, Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants, Dunmore's War Collection, and Blandford Cemetery Survey Records Collection. Also, books, periodicals, government publications, state newspapers from 1736 to present, Virginia state records from the colony's founding through the present, architectural drawings and plans, manuscripts, archival records, rare books, prints and photographs, and fine art.  [3]

Tips[edit | edit source]

Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Guide to Census Records
  • List of Guides. These items are available for example: Research guides; Newspaper guides; Census Records Guides; Civil War guides.
  • The Library of Virginia Using the Collections Guide.
  • John S. Salmon, comp.. A Guide to State Records in the Archives Branch. (Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library, 1985). FHL book 975.5 A3sj
  • Suzanne Smith Ray, A Preliminary Guide to Pre- 1904 County Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library and Archives. (Richmond, Virginia: Library and Archives, [1988?]). FHL book 975.5 A3r
  • Lyndon H. Hart, A Preliminary Guide to Pre-1904 Municipal Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library and Archives. (Richmond, Virginia Library and Archives, [1988?]). FHL book 975.5 A3h)
  • Virginia State Library. Archives and Records Division. Annual Reports of Archival Accessions. (Richmond, Virginia: Library and Archives, 1971–). FHL book 975.5 A35v

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a record at the Library of Virginia, a similar record may be available at one of the following.

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Neighboring Collections

  • Virginia Historical Society, .
  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Library, Washington DC, Revolutionary War and colonial period, including family and local histories, cemetery transcriptions, Bible records, 15,000 genealogical membership applications.
  • Maryland State Archives, census, court, church, vital, military, probate, land, tax, immigration, naturalizations.

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Contact Us Form at Library of Virginia] (accessed 22 October 2012).
  2. Visitors' Guide at Library of Virginia] (accessed 22 October 2012).
  3. Using the Collections at Library of Virginia] (accessed October 2012).