The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) is the consortium of the nonprofit academic libraries within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Members include all of Virginia's state-assisted colleges and universities, as well as 34 private, nonprofit institutions and the Library of Virginia.
VIVA levels the academic playing field: Through VIVA, students and faculty at institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth have access to digital and print journals, books, reference sources, and databases that are essential for educational success and research enterprise. Whether you are at a community college or a large public university, a small liberal arts college or an elite private university, the same VIVA is available to you.
VIVA advances research enterprise within Virginia: The cornerstone for successful research is access to the research literature: great research universities always require great libraries to advance their work. In Virginia, every institution of higher education has access to a great library of essential research literature through VIVA. Researchers at institutions throughout the State can count on VIVA for the critical research and scholarly literature they need.
VIVA sets the gold standard for efficient use of taxpayer dollars: Working together through VIVA, academic libraries across Virginia have eliminated duplication and leveraged resources to get the very best value for the Commonwealth's investment. For every one dollar invested, the Commonwealth receives five dollars in valuable research material. And less than 4% of VIVA's budget is spent on administration: a full 96% goes towards obtaining digital and print library materials for students and faculty throughout Virginia.
VIVA's contribution to the quality of education in Virginia is appreciated by students and faculty at all levels of higher education.
Special Collections Spotlight
Women have played an integral part in Virginia from its beginnings, yet their contributions have often been overlooked in the history books. Through the annual Virginia Women in History program, the Library of Virginia recognizes and celebrates eight women—past and present—for their accomplishments in all walks of life.
The (now dissolved) Virginia Foundation for Women produced posters to honor Virgnia women in history. Archives of these materials are stored at The Library of Virginia. The Richard Bland College Library was asked to host PDF versions of the Virginia Women in History posters online. As of 2006, The Library of Virginia assumed responsibility for the Virginia Women in History poster project.