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Prince William Public Library
Genealogy & Local History


Close for staff training on Friday, September 18.

PLEASE NOTE our current hours:

Dedicated staff are available in RELIC (saving an occasional mid-day lunch break) on Mondays through Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,  Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays (beginning Sunday, September 13, 2015 through the first Sunday of June 2016) from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. (excluding holiday weekends). We also have a staff member available on most Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. If you are planning to visit on a weekday evening, please call ahead or ask for assistance at the front Information Desk.    

The Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC) is a special collection devoted to genealogy and local history with a focus on Virginia and Prince William County. Located at Bull Run Regional Library, it is open and staffed the same hours as the rest of the Library.
The staff are trained to help customers locate information needed to trace their family history and to research persons, places and events associated with local history. The American Revolution and the Civil War as they relate to Virginia are of special interest.
RELIC houses a wide variety of materials related to its mission, including published and manuscript materials, indexes and research guides, photographs, maps, microforms, and computer (CD-ROM) databases. 
Staff maintain ties with local historical and genealogical societies and with other libraries and agencies with common interests, such as the National Archives, the LDS Family History Library, and other related organizations.
The collection was founded in 1971 (as the Virginiana Room, also known as the Ruth E. Lloyd History Room) at the Central Community Library in Manassas. The collection was transferred to the Bull Run Regional Library when that building opened in June, 1994. 


Who Was Ruth E. Lloyd?

ruth_lloyd.jpgRuth Emmons Lloyd (1892-1971), a Prince William County civic leader, successfully led the push for the first public library demonstration project funded by the Virginia General Assembly (1952). This became the Prince William Public Library System, now ten library locations. She was appointed as the first chair of the Library Board of Trustees and remained a trustee for many years. The Ruth E. Lloyd History Room (Virginiana collection), at Central Community Library, was dedicated in her honor shortly before her death. The room's rededication as the Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center at Bull Run Regional Library (1994) was attended by many of her family.


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