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Library of Virginia




The Library was founded in 1823 to preserve and provide access to Virginia’s incomparable manuscript and printed holdings, 123 million and 3 million respectively. Our collection, which has grown steadily through the years, is the most comprehensive resource in the world for the study of Virginia history, culture, and government.

As the Commonwealth’s library and archives, the Library of Virginia is a trusted educational institution. We acquire, preserve, and promote access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture and advance the development of library and records management services statewide.

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