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Visit the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library

JDR Library from the outside

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
313 First Street,
Williamsburg, VA

Mailing Address
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
P.O. Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776
The Library is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except major holidays.
Special Collections is open Monday through Friday by appointment only. To make an appointment please call 757-565-8520 or send an email to
Visual Resources services (757-565-8542) is open by appointment only. To schedule a visit, please contact the Visual Resources Librarian several days in advance.
The Library is closed on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veteran's Day
From Historic Area, walking
From Richmond, Virginia (west)
From Virginia Beach, Virginia (east)
Rockefeller Library has three levels. Level 1 is office space; Level 2 includes Special Collections, the Public Services Dept. and open stacks with the call numbers, A-F; Level 3 continues the stacks with call numbers, G-Z, periodicals, auction catalogs and the offices of the Digital History Center.
Computer Access
Public Computers are available for access to the online catalog.
Wireless access is also available.
Research Assistance
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.