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- The Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Fax: To order materials by mail or fax, please print and complete the applicable forms from the categories listed below, and return them to the Library of Virginia with payment. A fee of $25.00 is charged for all returned checks.
Fax orders: 804-692-3556
Hours and holidays:
The Library's regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Please check our News & Events or contact us for any changes to our regular hours due to holiday closings, special events, or inclement weather.
Directions, maps, and public transportation:
- Map at bottom of page.
The Library of Virginia offers limited free parking to patrons using the building during operating hours. If parking is not available, a map to other area parking decks is available here: (pdf). The parking garage entrances at the Library of Virginia are located on 8th and 9th Streets and have a height restrictions of 7 feet. Both 8th and 9th Streets are one way streets. Elevators will take patrons from the parking garage to the lobby of the library. Parking validations are given in the lobby when leaving the library. Please Note The entrance to the parking deck is 7 feet high. As a result, not all vehicles can use the parking deck.
Please be aware that because of numerous street repairs and construction projects you may experience detours and street closures in the downtown Richmond area. For directions from locations not listed below please use the interactive map above or another method of your choice.
From Interstate 95 (from the North or from the South)
Take Exit 74C. A highway sign will say Library of Virginia. Proceed west on Broad Street until you reach 9th Street. Turn right and immediately get into the far left lane. Proceed down the block and prepare to turn left into the parking deck.
From Interstate 64 West (e.g. coming from Williamsburg)
Take the exit for Fifth Street and the Coliseum. Turn left on Marshall Street a few blocks (past the Coliseum on your left) after you exit Interstate 64. Stay in the middle lane and proceed to Eighth Street, and turn right from that lane. The parking lot entrance will be immediately on your left.
From Interstate 64 East (e.g. coming from Charlottesville)
Take Interstate 95 South to Exit 74C. See instructions above for I-95.
Internet sites and databases:
Digital collections include:
- Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants
- Virginia Death Indexing
- Henley Marriage/Obituary Index to Virginia Newspapers
- Marriage Index for Richmond Enquirer/Richmond Visitor
- Obituary Index for Richmond Enquirer/Richmond Visitor
- Petersburg Public Library Newspaper Index
- Index to Wills and Administrations
- Bristol Church and Family Cemeteries Index
World War I
- World War I History Commission Questionnaires
- Confederate Disability Applications and Receipts
- Confederate Pension Rolls, Veterans and Widows
- Index to Confederate Veteran Magazine
- Index to Virginia Confederate Rosters
- Robert E. Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers' Home Applications for Admission
War of 1812
- Index to War of 1812 Pay Rolls and Muster Rolls
- Culpeper County Classes, 1781
- Dunmore's War (Virginia Payrolls/Public Service Claims, 1775)
- Revolutionary War Bounty Warrants
- Revolutionary War Land Office Military Certificates
- Revolutionary War Public Service Claims
- Revolutionary War Rejected Claims
- Revolutionary War Virginia State Pensions
European Sources about Virginians
- Virginia Colonial Records Project
Coats of Arms
- Index to Sources on Family Coats of Arms
- S. Bassett French Biographical Sketches
- WPA Life Histories Collection
When planning a trip to the Richmond area, we recommend you check out the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. Please also check our calendar to ensure the Library will be open and available to the public during your planned visit.
If you cannot visit or find a record at the Library of Virginia, a similar record may be available at one of the following.
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.
- Allen County Public Library (Indiana) has a premier genealogical periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, American Indians, African Americans, Canadians.
- 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.