The new multimilliondollar Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington opens at Mt. Vernon.

George Washington biographer Ron Chernow says the library's creation is well-timed.

The light-filled main reading room.

Library president and CEO Curtis Viebranz poses in the formal dining room at Mount Vernon, where more than one million visitors per year begin the tour.

A rendering of the new library.

Books in the new library.

Pieces in the new library.

George Washington's book plate for items in his library.

Writings in the new library.

Books in the new library.

An 1893 portrait by American painter Rembrandt Peale.

George Washington Presidential Library

| August 8, 2013 | Special-Galleries

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