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What are the library's hours?

The library is open to researchers by appointment Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and is closed on weekends and all major holidays. We are located at 3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121. We are not open for public tours.

Where is the library located?

The library is located at 3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. It is accessible by vehicle and by foot. The pedestrian entrance is located across the street from the Mount Vernon Inn. 


Is the library included with an estate ticket?

No, the library is not included with the Mount Vernon Estate ticket. We do not offer public tours. If you would like to see a selection of our manuscripts, visit the Mount Vernon Museum and Education Center, where we have a rotating set of documents on display.

Who can use the library?

The library is open to all those interested in doing research, and those needing a quiet place to work or write. We do not offer public tours. Researchers of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds may use the collections, though restrictions apply for rare materials. All research appointments must be requested at least 48 hours in advance. 

Make a research appointment

Does the library lend books?

No, but all researchers have open access to browse the General Collections without restriction. Some general collections materials are kept in the closed stacks and will be paged by a library staff member.

Search the general collections catalog

What Special Collections materials are available for research?

All special collections materials are available for researchers with a demonstrated need. Digital and photo-stat surrogates are available for many of our rare materials.

Search the Special Collections

What materials are available on the history of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association?

Our institutional archives dates back to the 1850s, the earliest years of the MVLA. The collection includes records from the MVLA Board, Mount Vernon administrators, staff reports, financial records, commissioned Mount Vernon materials, and historic photographs of the estate. Finding aids are available through our Special Collections and Archives Finding Aid database.

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What types of events does the library host?

We host a number of different events, both free and paid, including book talks, symposiums, and lecture series. Check our events page for more information.

Upcoming events