Welcome to the new blog of the Library of Virginia,
Learn about what we do, why we do it, and how our efforts relate to current issues and events.
We’ll spotlight public libraries, staff members, and specialized professions.
As the Library of Virginia approaches its 200th birthday in 2023, it seemed like a good time to take stock of our online presence and the stories we share with the public. The Library wears many hats in service to the state. As the state archive it organizes and provides access to official records of the commonwealth, its counties, and independent cities along with a significant collection of private papers. The Library also provides assistance to state officials, state and local government agencies, and Virginia’s public libraries. We administer numerous grant programs, provide educational programs and resources on Virginia history and culture for students and teachers, and offer the public a wide array of exhibitions, lectures, book-signings, and other programs.
As they exist, our blogs Fit to Print and Out of the Box capture only a fraction of all that the Library has and does. In The UncommonWealth: Voices from the Library of Virginia, we aim to expand our scope to help you learn more about what we do, why we do it, and how our efforts relate to current issues and events. We also plan to tell you more about your fellow Virginians who work here at the Library, spotlighting staff members, specialized professions, and public libraries.