Library Services

The research library is pleased to offer patrons 60 minutes of reference assistance free of charge. The research library charges $25 for each additional hour of research support required to complete patron requests. If the research library staff discovers that your request will result in a significant charge, the staff will notify you of the total cost of completing your request before continuing to work on it.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to come to the library for research, is that possible?
Yes! Researchers are welcomed to visit us in Lexington, Virginia. The library is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4:30pm. Please contact the library staff in advance if you are planning a visit so we may prepare the items you wish to review. Please also review our polices and guidelines.

What type of research assistance does the library offer?
The library staff offers up to one hour of research support free of charge. A research support fee of $25/hour will be charged for any reference inquiries that require more than one hour of research support to complete. The research support fee is in addition to any reproduction or usage fees involved in completing a request. The research library staff will make every effort to answer reference inquiries within one hour and will advise patrons in the event that their request may take more than one hour to complete.

Can I order a photograph from your collection?
If we own the copyright to the image we will reproduce a high quality, 300 dpi file or print of an image in our collection. Image reproduction costs $25 per image.

May I use that photo in a publication?
Photos that can be reproduced may be used in publications. Written approval from the Director of the Library and Archives is required. You may download a permission form and forward it to the library staff for review. Various fees do apply.

I’m very interested in obtaining a copy of an oral history. How do I do that?
If the oral history is on our website, you may download the mp3 file to listen. In many cases the interview transcript is available for download as well. The transcript and audio files may be used for research purposes only. It may not be quoted from, cited or published except with permission from the Director of the Library and Archives. You may download a permission form and forward it to the library staff for review. Various fees do apply. If the oral history is not available for download on our website, please contact library staff to see if it available for release. Some content can only be reviewed in the reading room of the library.

Will you send me copies of the films in your collection?
The Marshall library has an extensive collection of news clips, short reels and films pertaining to George Marshall and the Marshall Plan. Some of these films are copyright protected. Those films can only be viewed in our reading room. However, other films, which have no copyright restriction can be reproduced into a digital file at the charge of $25/hour.

I’d like to use your poster/photograph/film in an exhibit?
Museums or other organizations that wish to use content from our collection in a permanent or temporary exhibit may do so with written approval from the Director of the Library and Archives. You may download a permission form and forward it to the library staff for review. Various fees do apply.

Can I use some of your documents for my class?
Articles, documents, essays and other digitized material may be reproduced for educational purposes with the written approval from the Director of the Library and Archives. Please download a permission form and forward it to the library staff for review.