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Library FAQs

Who can access the library’s collections?

The library is open to all researchers and scholars, though by appointment only. To make a research appointment, please call 703-780-3600 or send an email to FWSlibrary@mountvernon.org. Additionally, the library encourages Mount Vernon staff, interns, and volunteers to visit the library to utilize its collections.

For more information, visit our staff directory

What are the library’s hours?

The library is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 until 5:00. All requests for materials to be pulled must be made by 4:30. The library is closed on the weekends and all major holidays.

How do I get to the library?

Our directions page includes information on how to get to the library both by car and public transportation.

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What types of materials are available for research?

The library’s collection contains a wide and rich array of resources covering George Washington, Martha Washington, Mount Vernon, Colonial America, the American Revolution, the Confederation Years, slavery, domestic economies, the Early Republic, life in the eighteenth century, decorative arts, and historic preservation. The materials include books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, databases, microforms, information files, electronic resources, audio-visual materials, maps, and photographs. Materials are for use only in the library and are not available to be checked out. To find out more, take a look at our catalog and holdings.

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What special collections are available?

The library’s special collections include rare books, manuscripts, documents, and maps related to George Washington, his life, military career, presidency, and activities at Mount Vernon, as well as a substantial collection of Martha Washington papers, the Bushrod Washington Family Papers, and materials from other family members.

Take a look at an overview of our special collections to learn more

I am interested in the history of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and would like to do some research on that topic. Do you have any materials available?

Our institutional archives date back to the earliest years of the MVLA and include information vital to researchers interested in the history of historic preservation.

Take a look at our Archival Overview and Policies to find out more

Can I access the library’s catalog online?

Researchers interested in searching the library catalog can do so via the Catalog and Library holdings page.

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Does the library offer any research fellowships?

The library’s growing fellowship program offers funding, resources, and a place to stay for qualified scholars researching George Washington, Mount Vernon, the Colonial Era, Revolutionary War, and Early Republic.

Visit the Fellowships page to learn more

Are there any upcoming lectures, conferences, symposiums or other events taking place at the library?

The library will frequently host events for both academic and non-academic audiences alike. Take a look at our events page for the latest information.

Visit our Events & Programs page

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