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For VCU Students, Faculty and Staff 

  • Individualized library orientations
  • Library resource use
  • Equipment use 

Book/Journal Retrieval

  • Place request for specific books or journal articles through the Item Request Form or at the Cabell Library Information Services Desk or Tompkins-McCaw Library Service Desk.
  • Items are ready for pickup within 24 hours.
  • Items can be transferred between Cabell and Tompkins-McCaw Libraries.
  • No charge for persons with special needs. 


  • Make requests for articles and book pages to be copied at the service desk.
  • Copies are 10 cents per page and are made using the individual's copy card. 

VCU Resources

James Branch Cabell Library,  VCU Monroe Park Campus

  • 901 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284-2033
  • Phone: (804) 828-1111
  • Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
  • Email:

Wheelchair ramps on both sides of the main entrance. Accessible restrooms on all floors but the third floor, family/single-stall restrooms in basement. Lactation room in basement.

Computers and Equipment

First Floor: Assistive Technology Room

  • Two computers with 20-inch color monitors
    One with Microsoft Magnifier screen magnification
  • One with Jaws synthesized voice screen reading software for accessing library database. Patrons must ask for headphones at the Infomational Services Desk.

Second Floor: One computer with 20-inch color monitor

Third Floor: A variety of equipment including:

  • Closed-Captioning on most televisions. Some have Descriptive Video Service (DVS) programs and videos
  • Four-track cassette player/recorder for talking books
  • Omni Page - an optical character recognition software for those who need to scan and convert paper and PDF documents into formats such as Word, Power Point, TXT, RTF, and Excel
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional : Create PDFs in Adobe Acrobat Professional, and then convert into simple HTML or ASCII for screen reading programs

All public computers have Microsoft Magnifier screen magnification software. 

Tompkins-McCaw Library, MCV Campus

  • 509 North 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23298-0582
  • Phone: (804) 828-0636
  • Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
  • Fax: (804) 828-6089
  • Email:

Wheelchair ramp at entrance near 12th Street and accessible restrooms on the first floor.

Computers and Equipment

 First Floor: One workstation

  • Special software: Jaws, Zoom Text
  • Hardware: Scanners, headphones (ask at Service Desk)

All public workstations have Microsoft Magnifier screen magnification software. 

Questions or concerns?


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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