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Library of Virginia, Richmond

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The Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia, is the library agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, its archival agency, and the reference library at the seat of government. The Library moved into a new building in 1997 and is located at 800 East Broad Street, 2 blocks from the Virginia State Capitol building. It was formerly known as the Virginia State Library and as the Virginia State Library and Archives.Formally founded by the Virginia General Assembly in 1823, the Library of Virginia organizes, cares for, and manages the state's collection of books and official records, many of which date back to the early colonial period. It houses what is believed to be the most comprehensive collection of materials on Virginia government, history, and culture available anywhere. Its research collections contain more than 808,500 bound volumes; 678,790 public documents; 410,330 microforms, including 45,684 reels of microfilmed newspapers; 308,900 photographs and other pictorial materials; 101.8 million manuscript items and records; and several hundred thousand prints, broadsides, and newspapers.History of the institutionAlthough the Library of Virginia was officially established in 1823, its history goes back to the collection of materials acquired for official use by the colonial Council and subsequent colonial and state authorities. The first permanent home of the Library was a small room on the top floor of the State Capitol. The state’s books and records eventually outgrew this space, and overflow books and documents were then stored in several rented locations across Richmond.
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  • I went with a women's group and had a docent led tour. We agreed that the exhibits were the most interesting part of the tour. I wish that we had more time to explore.  more »
  • Parking is easy here and there is a nice cafe on site...I research here for many hours. Everyone is helpful and there are enough people and computers available to help you find what you need.  more »
  • Vast library! Great for researchers. My mom does genealogy and she found some real gems of information that contributes to our family history.  more »
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  • As nice a place as ever, but the people they now have working security at the front desk (all coincidentally African-American males such as myself) lack professionalism and training. It seems that the state library went in to Richmond's low income housing areas and asked, "Who wants a job?"
  • Used to stay there for hours back in 2017. Yes it was the only place with free internet and all you need tp do was to become the library member. Beside that, huge collection of books are displayed on the shelves. Easy access and a very nice and frendly staff. I remember once being late to return the book and I did not get a fine. Each city should have several libraries like this one.
  • Nice place if you need to do research. Staff, for the most part will help you. Don't bother going if you want to be made to feel like you are not welcome if you stay over an hour and not doing research the whole time. Security is arrogant and stuckup, only speaking to you when needed.
  • Great internet great food excellent selection of books in the computers were exceptionally well everything is very convenient quiet Pleasant and a relaxing atmosphere.
  • This is a very nice library with tons and tons of historical documents. It's great if you want to research some old family history or genealogy. It's not so great if you want to bring your kids and look at some picture books. This is not like a community library, but rather service a very specialized niche.
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