PLEASE NOTE: for the next month there will be some hours (especially evening hours from 6-9) when there will not be dedicated staff available in RELIC to help our visitors. RELIC will remain open whenever the library is open, but if you are traveling from a distance and require staff assistance, you may wish to call ahead (703-792-4540) and verify that there will be a staff person in RELIC when you plan to visit.
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 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.