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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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  • This is one of the more beautiful modern libraries in the US. Designed by Craig Hartman, one of the best architects at Skidmore Owings and Merril, the building should be on the list for any architectu...  more »
  • The library of VA is a treasure cornucopia for those interested in history. There is free parking underneath the facility. All one has to do is have is take the ticket when entering the parking lot, h...  more »
  • We spent an entire day researching genealogy in this massive modern facility, and the resources and staff were fantastic! It is under-advertised; entry is free; and we are glad we found out about it i...  more »
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  • We drive from Northern Arlington, Virginia rather than put up with the irritation of getting to the Library of Congress by Metro (no parking anywhere near the LOC), going through security, and not being allowed to take even a folder into the reading rooms!
  • Nice and quiet. Don't have to worry about the homeless being in there taking up space.
  • 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.
  • Good library.
  • All things Virginian, from Royal Imperial British Commonwealth to present day State. All Virginian's and there works are listed here and more.