Library Virtual Tour
Use our new Library Virtual Tour to explore the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.
The Library is open to all researchers and scholars, by appointment. 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.
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.
Our directions page includes information on how to get to the Library both by car and public transportation.
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, microfilm, 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.
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.
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.
Researchers interested in searching the Library catalog can do so via the Catalog and Library holdings page.
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, the Revolutionary War, and the early republic.
The Library frequently hosts events for both academic and non-academic audiences alike. Take a look at our events page for the latest information.