Library of Virginia
Created by the General Assembly in 1823 to establish a place where the growing collection of books and records could be stored and preserved, the Library of Virginia houses the most comprehensive collection of materials on Virginia government, history, and culture available anywhere. The collections, which include maps, manuscripts, and photographs, illustrate the rich and varied past of the commonwealth, documenting the lives of Virginians whose deeds are known to all, as well as those of ordinary citizens whose accomplishments are the foundation of our heritage. The Library, which attracts researchers from around the country and world, also publishes books, offers educational programming, and other events such as lectures and book signings.
Backstory and Context
The Library was first housed on the third floor of the state Capitol building until 1895. That year a new building was constructed on the eastern side of the Capitol Square. In 1940, the Library moved into an Art-Deco designed building next to City Hall. Eventually, the Library outgrew this building as well and opened its current and fourth home in 1997.