Jefferson reorganized his private suite of rooms after he sold his vast personal collection of books, maps and pamphlets to Congress in 1815. Jefferson referred to this room as the Library thereafter, and here he likely received incoming mail, stored books and scientific apparatus, and designed the University of Virginia — which he called “the hobby of my old age” — at his French architect’s table. Among the special surviving Jefferson possessions are an astronomical tall case clock, chairs from New York and Paris, and an octagonal table.
Virtual tours of this room
- 360º panoramic tour
- 2-D Tour of Jefferson's Private Suite
- Monticello Explorer (Flash-based tour)
- Google Street View (from 2013 before the restoration of this room)
How to see this room: Included in all tours of Monticello.