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Library Photo Gallery

See photos of the new Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington – from its groundbreaking to its glorious opening day.


Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough delivering the keynote speech at the grand opening ceremony of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.


Regent Ann Bookout and Fred W. Smith lead the audience in three "huzzahs" signifying the opening of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.


A view of the audience in attendance at the grand opening ceremony.


Founding Library Director Douglas Bradburn, Author David McCollugh and Mount Vernon President Curt Viebranz make their way to the stage.


Entrance to the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington


Panoramic view of the reception area at the Library. A display of presidential china can be seen to the left of this image.


Mount Vernon’s President and CEO Curt Viebranz stands before a wall that has the titles of some of Washington’s books engraved on its surface


The Library’s design incorporates a wealth of windows and skylights that allows natural light to lighten up the spaces.


View of the Library’s reading room, with its six Founding Father busts along the edge of the walls. This two story room, with its tall windows is one of the most impressive rooms at the Library.


Another view of the reading room at the Library with the Plaster Conference Room above.


The bust of George Washington as he looks down on the reading room at his library.


The Rubenstein Leadership Hall includes a state of the art microtile wall where presentations can be made to gathered groups.


A view of some of the stacks at the Library.


The DeVos House will be used by visiting scholars and fellows as a residence.

George Washington thanks David Rubenstein for his gracious $10m gift to the Library
George Washington thanks David Rubenstein for his gracious $10m gift to the Library

The reading room under construction in 2012
The reading room under construction in 2012

An aerial view of the Library site while under construction in 2012
An aerial view of the Library site while under construction in 2012

Ceremonial ground breaking in 2010
Ceremonial ground breaking in 2010

Artist rendering of the Fred W. Smith grounds
Artist rendering of the Fred W. Smith grounds

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