VCU Libraries promotes the academic success of our students, invigorates research and scholarship, and advances the health care and outreach missions of the University with exemplary collections, services, spaces and staff.
VCU Libraries has two main libraries, the James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus, as well as auxiliary library operations such as the Learning Center at Hunton Hall; the VCUQatar Library on VCU’s Doha, Qatar campus; and the Community Health Education Center (CHEC), operated by the VCU Libraries in partnership with the VCU Health System.
VCU Libraries offers easy, one-box search for books, journals, media and databases, and more than 600,000 e-books. The VCU Libraries designs its online systems and instructional and reference services to provide seamless support to off-campus students and programs associated with VCU, such as School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy students at the INOVA Health System in Northern Virginia and students in off-campus programs with the School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Business and other academic units at VCU.
- 2.5 million volumes.
- 60,000 online journals.
- 648,000 electronic books.
- Access to databases in all disciplines taught at VCU.
- Extensive collections in digital and analog film, video and sound collections.
- Digital documents, images, oral histories and comic art from Special Collections and Archives
- Web tools and gadgets for research.
- Mobile access, feeds, bookmarklets and citation tips.
- Laptops, digital cameras, iPads and e-readers for loan – even bicycles.
- Late-hours and around-the-clock operations
- Ask a Librarian for research tips and one-on-one pointers
- How-to courses and tutorials
- Chat and text services (804-435-5420)
- Generous book lending for undergraduates and graduates
- Printing and poster printing.
- Free wireless access throughout the libraries
- Research guides
- Loans from other libraries if VCU doesn’t have what you need.
- Borrowing privileges at other select Virginia libraries
- Collaboration and group study rooms
Expertise and Opportunities
- Learning opportunities designed to help students succeed range from short tours of the library buildings to time-saving research techniques, from citation management to database mining
- Media collections and services offer DVDs, CDs, posters and music scores as well as multimedia equipment for film, music, image viewing, scanning and editing.
- The VCU Libraries Liaison Program fosters communication and collaboration between the libraries and the university community. Librarians work closely with faculty, staff and students in specific academic units—schools, departments, colleges, centers and programs—to enhance library collections and services at VCU (www.library.vcu.edu/liaisons
- The Tompkins-McCaw Library Learning Center @ Hunton (second floor of the Hunton Student Center) offers students from all disciplines convenient access to computers, library resources and research consultation.
- Multimedia Collaboration Room at Tompkins-McCaw (basement level) is designed for collaborative study, multimedia computing and making presentation materials.
- The second floors on both campuses offer flexible study spaces, ample electrical outlets for laptops, wireless networking, study rooms with flat screens, whiteboards, and a variety of comfortable seating and work surfaces.
- Starbucks (first floor of Cabell Library) is usually open when the library is open.
- Gallery spaces (first floor of Tompkins-McCaw and fourth floor of Cabell) offer a respite from study and research with displays of art and showcases filled with interesting pieces from Special Collections and Archives.
- The Community Health Education Center (in the MCV Heath Center Gateway Building) is a consumer health library that is free and open to all.
Open to all researchers, Special Collections and Archives provides access to rare and valuable publications and primary source materials and offers research consultations, classes and curricular partnerships, community programs and collaborations, and curated displays and online exhibits. Top-tier collections include medical artifacts, artists’ books, and one of the largest collections of comic arts in the country.
Special Collections and Archives at Cabell Library collects primary source materials documenting the history of 20th and 21st century Richmond and Central Virginia. The manuscript collections include the personal papers of artists, writers, social activists, and other prominent individuals as well as the records of many community organizations.
Special Collections and Archives at Tompkins-McCaw Library collects primary source materials documenting the health sciences and the health care professions in Virginia. The manuscript collections include the personal papers of Virginia nurses, physicians, dentists and others as well as the records of various professional organizations.
- University Archives acquires institutional records of administrative, legal, fiscal, and historical value, including the records and publications in all formats generated by schools, departments, divisions, centers, programs, faculty, staff, and students of Virginia Commonwealth University.