The Joseph Bryan and John Stewart Bryan Reading Room houses the research library of the Virginia Historical Society. Constructed in 1993, our library holds an extensive collection of published books and journals, manuscripts, rare books and Confederate imprints, maps, broadsides, and sheet music related to the history and culture of Virginia.
The reading room is free and open to all VHS patrons, from the curious visitor to the professional researcher. If you have ever been to the society's reading room to look at any of the more than eight million processed manuscripts in the collection, then you know how it feels to hold a piece of history in your hands. Scholars, students, amateur historians, and genealogists all experience that feeling on a daily basis here at the VHS.