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Genealogy at William & Mary Libraries

An overview of genealogical resources available at W&M Libraries.

Preparing for Your Visit

Did you know William & Mary is a public institution? As such, we are proud to welcome independent researchers into our spaces. In fact, most online resources are only accessible to visitors while they are in Swem Library, so planning a visit is often necessary.

If you are planning a visit, here are the things you'll want to consider in the process:A globe on a wooden stand with airplane flying around it to represent travel.

  1. Check the operational hours for spaces/departments you are planning to visit.
  2. Grab directions and find visitor parking.
  3. Find accessibility information.
  4. Download the floor plan for Swem Library.
  5. Download a campus map.
  6. Search W&M Libraries main catalog, PRIMO, before and during your visit. Be sure to record the title(s) and call number(s) of any item you are interested in seeing.


Connect with a Librarian

We understand that a physical visit is not always possible. For those genealogists who are unable to visit and have a specific question relating to an item in our collection, a research librarian is available to investigate your inquiry. Black woman with arms crossed with a pondering facial expression. Two question marks are off to the side of her head.

To submit an request for assistance, please submit your question to our Genealogy Research Request form.

Please note that we have limited availability for this service. We will do our best to investigate your inquiry within a reasonable timeframe. Please know that these requests are typically answered during class/semester breaks when student and faculty needs are less prevalent.