Public Services Department staff facilitates use of the general collections
of books, periodicals, and electronic databases, manages the online circulation
system, interlibrary loan, and maintains stacks. Materials circulate to Foundation
staff and to faculty and students of the College of William and Mary. Public
Services staff is available during regular library
We welcome inquiries of a scholarly nature, but our ability to respond to general
reference questions is limited. We encourage scholars to visit and use our collections.
If you would like an orientation upon your arrival, please schedule
an appointment and include information about your topic and research goals.
Explore the indexes and guides compiled by staff:
Aids and Indexes
- Guides to library and web resources on Williamsburg or Virginia historical
- Favorite Colonial
- George Washington, food, money, Christmas, eighteenth-century trades, pirates,
- Internet Links
- This list of professional resources includes links to websites outside the
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. An
alphabetical list and topical lists are available.
- The Periodical Finder
- This growing list of periodicals to which Colonial Williamsburg researchers
have access to, both online and on paper.
in the 1770's
- Intended to provide
a glimpse into the breadth of subject matter in the Virginia Gazette,
excerpts have been chosen for every day of the year and annotated by library
Public Services staff have contributed bibliographic information for two colonial
libraries to the Libraries
of Early America Project:
- Books owned by Landon Carter (1710-1778) and his son Robert Wormeley Carter
(1734-1794) of Sabine Hall .
- The Prentis Family Library documents the library belonging to four generations of a wealthy merchant family whose love of books and education was shared by male and female members alike. Most of the 17th and 18th century titles in the library belonged to Joseph Sr. and Joseph Jr. These titles along with 19th century additions made by Webb descendants of Joseph Prentis, Jr. are the reason the library is known as the Webb-Prentis Collection. In 1978 the collection was donated to and divided between the Alderman Library at the University of Virginia and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Research Library.