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Name: Sandra
Title: Librarian of Virginia
Organization: Commonwealth of Virginia
Address: Library of Virginia
800 E Broad St
City: Richmond
State: VA
Zip Code: 23219
Phone: (804) 692-3535
Fax: (804) 692-3594
Appointment Date: 07/01/2007
Committee Assignments: n/a


Library Agency Homepage:
Virtual Library:
State Home Page:
Governor: Ralph Northam
Library Association:
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Link to IMLS Public Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2011
URL for Statewide Public Library Statistics:
Population: 7,761,701
Number of Public Libraries: 91
Total Circulation: 75,180,000
Circulation Per Capita: 9.8
Total Library Operating Income: $281,422,000
Total Expenditures: $275,311,000
Expenditures per capita:$ 36.06
State Support:$ 17,034,000
Total Construction Funding:
Materials Loaned to other Libraries: 91,000


Link to IMLS State Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2014
Governance Structure: Executive Branch agency,under Secretary of Education. Library Board appointed by Governor; Library Board appoints Librarian of Virginia
Library Legislation:
Code of Virginia, Chapter 42.1
Library Standards:
Virginia Administrative Code 17VAC15
Allied and Other Special Operations:
The Library of Virginia serves as the research and reference library at the seat of Virginia state government. The Library has the most comprehensive collection of material documenting more than 400 years of the state's history, including printed works, newspapers, state and federal documents, official state records, and the papers of Virginia businesses, military organizations, religious groups, and other entities. The state archives, which are the most heavily visited of all state archives in the nation, are also part of the Library of Virginia. The Library is also responsible for the state's records management program and the Virginia Newspaper Project. In-person visitation to the Library of Virginia in fiscal year 2011 totaled 246,007. In addition, 2,489,648 users visited the lilbrary's website in 2011 to use online information resources.
Number of Service Outlets: 2
Collections: The Library's collection encompasses more than 1,891,721 books, periodicals, government publications, and microforms, 49,897 reels of newspaper microfilm, nearly 300,000 photographs and images, and 682,176 federal government publications. The Library's archival colletions include approximately 114,690,838 manuscript items as well as 49,139 reels of microfilm, 45,587 maps, and 13,062 architectural plans and drawings.
Staff: 130 full time (68 positions of our maximum employment level of 198 are currently vacant due to funding shortfall); 45 part time
Income: $ 34,172,939 (all funds)
Expenditures: $ 34,172,939 (all funds)
Employment Opportunities:


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