Special Collections and Archives at VCU Libraries welcomes researchers and visitors during its hours of operation, or by appointment.
- Cabell Library: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tompkins-McCaw Library: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Accessing and Using Materials
To access materials onsite, researchers and visitors complete a brief registration form that provides information about collections and reading room use. Guidelines for use are designed to provide an environment that is welcoming and comfortable for researchers, yet safe and secure for rare and unique collections. Please note that collections are noncirculating and can be used only in the Special Collections and Archives reading rooms.
Research Guides contain useful information for researching Special Collections and Archives.
Reproductions and Copies
Reproductions and copies are available through nonflash image capturing by the researcher or at the departments’ digital scanning station and paper copiers. With few exceptions, copies are free, regardless of format. For more information, see Reproduction Services in Special Collections and Archives.
Requests to use or publish any material are subject to copyright as defined by copyright law. Unless materials are in the public domain or being used under Fair Use, researchers must obtain the permission of the copyright holder and/or Special Collections and Archives for use or publication. Since other legal restrictions may apply, for example privacy, staff are available to consult regarding restrictions and copyright concerns and make every attempt to facilitate use. Both departments request that researchers acknowledge the VCU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives as source and owner of cited, loaned or used materials.