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CHSV Research LIbrary

CHSV LibraryFounded in 1982, the Chesterfield Historical Society of VA research library currently contains around 18,000 items, 90% of which have been donated by local residents.  In addition to books, the library collection includes manuscripts, maps, periodicals, scrapbooks, census records, oral histories, title deed abstracts, family history files and vertical files (news articles, brochures and flyers on people, places and events in Chesterfield County) as well as videos, CDs and DVDs.
We have collected an irreplaceable Rare Books section which includes valuable publications dating back to the mid-1800s.  In addition, our unique Picture Collection spans the entire era of photography from tin types to digital. Duplicates of items in the Picture Collection are available for a fee. 

The library's Chesterfield Veterans Database  (sample shown here) is an on-going project which lists over 4,000 individuals from every conflict since 1611, from the Colonial period thru to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Use of the database form will help us to keep the database current. Veterans Database Form

Library volunteers assist patrons and handle research requests, maintain records, preserve and repair items and compile indices such as CHS African American Resources.    New Collections are available to use.  Please contact the librarian for details, (804)796-7121.  Hours of Operaation:  Monday-Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Purchasing Photographic Prints :  Looking for prints of Chesterfield County? Our images work great for decorative art, presentations, office decor and gifts.  You may email us or call 804.796-7121 if you are interested in purchasing a print. 


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Please note:   the following days the Library will be closed for Holidays:

  • Monday, January 1, 2017  

  • Friday, January 13, 2017

  •  Monday, January 16, 2017


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Located in the Historic Trinity Church on the corner of Iron Bridge Road and Krause Road, the Library of the Chesterfield Historical Society is a reference facility open to the public for research purposes Monday through Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm.  Use of the library is free. A fee is charged for photocopies. Write-in research requests cost $25.  


Read our brochure on the CHS Library. It lists all the library resources to help in your research.


Names of Chesterfield County Families collected by the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia 

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia Headquarters and research library has moved into the old historic Trinity Church .  See the news media information.  Please contact us:  (804)796-7121.  Hours of Operation:  Monday-Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Volunteer Opportunities!! Due to personnel changes, the Society has new volunteer openings at both Magnolia Grange and Trinity. While the county advertises for replacements for staff at both locations, volunteers become even more valued in filling the gaps so that visitors are provided a satisfying experience in our venues. Openings for docents, guides who help library patrons and those interested in caring for our vast collection of portraits and artifacts are now available. Email our librarian ) for more specifics.

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