Introduction to Using Collections

As the commonwealth’s literary at the seat of state and therefore the state archives, the literary of Virginia’s collections of books, periodicals, government publications, newspapers, architectural drawings and plans, manuscripts, archival records, maps, rare books, prints and photographs, and fine art are unsurpassed full and scope. These collections document the history, culture, and people of the commonwealth and are on the market on paper and microfilm, as well as digitally.

Guides and Indexes embody bibliographies and descriptive research notes to our print, newspaper, manuscript, and archival collections. Created over many years by workers subject consultants and regularly updated and added to, these valuable research tools are arranged by topic.

Databases and eBooks are external resources to that the literary subscribes. They provide access to current and historical newspapers, magazines, and journals, along with genealogical resources, historical maps, civil war records, encyclopedias and directories, and many different texts. Users can access these resources whereas using the literary’s wifi network (LVA-Guest). Many of them will conjointly be accessed outside of the literary with the use of a literary of Virginia literary card. When asked for a password, please enter your literary of Virginia card number.

Extra Resources
What’s New within the Collections highlights newly accessioned, recently processed, and notable materials added to the literary’s collections.

Interliterary Loan (SICK)

Notice It Virginia offers full text access to a selection of magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and other reference works. Requires use of a valid literary card from a Virginia public literary.

Virginialiteraryfestival – The literary of Virginia has purchased the Virginialiteraryfestival for use by Virginia’s public libraries. The Virginialiteraryfestival could be a assortment of TumbleBooks, animated, talking image books, suited to elementary school children. TumbleBooks are created from existing image books, adding sound, animation, music and narration to form an electronic picture book… a lot of information »

Local Historical Societies in Virginia

Virginia Heritage Project database of finding aids to manuscript and archival collections housed at a selection of Virginia establishments.

Professional researchers specializing in Virginia history and use of the literary’s collections.