Welcome to the Virginia Room, the Roanoke Public Libraries' collection of historical and genealogical research resources. A non-circulation research library, we collect materials for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Roanoke Valley. This includes items relating to the entire state and those states that are closely tied to Virginia and its people by birth, immigration, migration or by boundary divisions. We are committed to connecting people with the information they seek.
Programs and Classes
The Virginia Room is partnering with the City, Hollins University, Blue Ridge Literacy, and other partners to launch Star Stories, a project that collects the stories of Roanoke from the people who live in and love the City. We in the Virginia Room see this project as an extension of our previous Neighborhood Oral History Project and a way for us to gather the current history and culture of Roanoke for future generations.
We are starting by collecting stories on a theme: the Mill Mountain Star! Our goal is to collect 50 stories about the Star by the end of June. Here's how you can help:
*Volunteer! Volunteers visit big events going on in the City or visit neighbors, friends, etc. to collect stories. Training will be given and equipment will be provided. To volunteer, please fill out an application and indicate that you are interested in Star Stories.
*Tell us your story! Find us at an event around town, call our voicemail at (540) 632-2203, or use the widget below to submit your story! Note: the widget does not work on all platforms and web browsers.
Classes are free. Registration is required. All classes are one hour (unless otherwise specified). Want to find out what's happening at your library?
Check out The Spot, the library's monthly newsletter, online.
Click here to register for classes, or call 853-2073
Historic Photograph Collections
We have digitized over 1400 images from our Historic Photograph Collections! Check out more of our digital collections.
Calling all Virginia Lovers! The Virginia Room has volunteer opportunities for every age and skill level. Training is provided. All volunteer opportunities have flexible hours. Please contact the City's Volunteer Coordinator at (540) 853-2231 or fill out the volunteer form online.
Possible activities for volunteers in the Virginia Room include:
Assisting in reshelving books.
Retrieving resources for patrons.
Transcribing Oral History interviews.
Labeling boxes and folders for existing collections.
Creating indices for the obituaries (or other content) in the Roanoke Times and other resources.
Inventorying archival collections.
Placing photograph collections and other fragile documents in safe storage materials.
Scanning documents and images into our digital collection database.