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Address: 208 West Market St., Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone Number: 703 737-7195
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2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Good special purpose library.

This is a great library for civil war buffs. It is NOT a general library - you will not find lego or mystery books. This is a research library, and an outstanding one. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2016
Terry E
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Leesburg, United States
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Leesburg, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

This is a great library for civil war buffs. It is NOT a general library - you will not find lego or mystery books. This is a research library, and an outstanding one. The collection is extensive, for the topics covered. I was looking for Loudoun County civil war stuff, and this was a true treasure trove for me. The... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

This is a great library! Their resources are vast and varied, and the people working here are extremely helpful. I recommend it if you need some local history especially.

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Vacaville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

If Civil War research is your avocation, you will find many books & other records pertaining to the CW (from both the Union and the Confederate points of view) at the Balch. I was there to follow my genealogy in the Virginia/West Virginia areas but couldn't help but be impressed with the CW records. One of the staff, Stephanie (a... More 

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Boylston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We went to the Balch library looking for information on some specific family genealogy that has been difficult to find. The amount of reference material was amazing and we spent an entire day there and could have spent more time. What really made a difference was the staff. They were engaged and genuinely interested in helping find traces of these... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Two blocks from the main intersection of Leesburg, the Balch Library is a testament to the importance of space dedicated to intellectual pursuits. The library houses a good collection of contemporary fiction and non-fiction books as well as numerous newspapers and periodicals. There are enough computers for those making connections on the Internet also. The Balch collection specializes in historical... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This is a lovely library with pieces of Leesburg and Loudoun County History! It's worth some time visiting the library and just talking to their wonderfully engaging staff.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Balch Library has an excellent collection of genealogical and historical research materials and is housed in a unique and historic building.

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Thank TravelCommonwealth
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

The Library not only has Virginia research material, but also many other states, as well. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. There are many useful databases, including Ancestry and Genealogy Bank. It is well worth your time to visit!

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centerburg, ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

they have so many resources and the staff is there to assist you in your research. Staff is very knowledgeable. It was never too busy so I could get personal attention.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I love libraries. Books, quietness... a respite from the outside world. I visited the Balch Library to simply work on a book I'm writing. It's a beautifully-appointed library with a nice selection of reading and reference materials. There are no kids running around in the Balch library because I don't believe that it is allowed to have any shred of... More 

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