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Of the 156,000 new or redesigned square feet, 90 percent will be dedicated to space for students and faculty.

This significant increase in the quantity and variety of study seats will accommodate collaborative and individual work in active and quiet settings. These spaces include signature reading rooms, reconfigurable labs and group-work areas and presentation practice rooms. Throughout the library will be more tables and soft seating, carrels, booths, benches and collaboration pods for all sorts of scholarly endeavors—solo or in pairs, triads or groups.

Every decision about the building plan puts students and faculty users first. For example, instructional spaces, conference rooms and the new auditorium/multi-purpose room will be open to all users when not reserved for other library purposes. Decisions about the types of seating and workspaces will be made with student input and crowdsourcing. We have asked them what kinds of study spaces they prefer and will make decisions based on their feedback. Advisers from the Cabell Library Undergraduate Advisory Committee are important voices in developing our plans.  

  • A significant naming opportunity is for the Graduate and Faculty Research Center, a spacious and inspirational, window-filled fourth floor room overlooking the eastside green space and the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.  
  • Adjoining the Research Center will be an elegant Quiet Study Room.
  • Nearby, enhanced space in the Special Collections and Archives department will be designed to serve graduate students, faculty and visiting scholars and others who use VCU Libraries’ vast Special Collections.

To learn more about these giving opportunities, please contact Kimberly Separ, director of development and community relations, at or (804) 827-1163.

VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (866) 828-2665
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (866) 828-2665
(804) 828-0636

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