The library aims to elevate Mount Vernon, the home in which George Washington lived and died, from a tourist destination to a place for research, The Washington Post reported.
"I wouldn't say we, as an institution, would be thought of as a place of serious scholarship around the founding era and Washington," said Curt Viebranz, Mount Vernon's president. "I think now, if we do this correctly, we will be."
The $106 million project houses a collection of Washington's personal books and manuscripts. Among them is the president's own copy of the Constitution, bearing his handwritten notes in the margins.
The library also contains letters from the president and his wife, Martha.
It has paneled meeting rooms as well separate quarters for visiting scholars, the first of which is due to arrive next week.
Formally known as the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, it's named after the man who chairs the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, which provided the bulk of the money for its construction.
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