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The First Library of the College

In the late seventeenth century, colleges usually built their library collections from donations, not college funds. The main donor for William & Mary’s first library was Francis Nicholson, the royal governor of Virginia, who gave over 200 volumes in 1698.

Hours

Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-2 a.m.