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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

  • Address: 901 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284-2033
  • Phone: (804) 828-1111; Toll-free: 1 (866) 828-2665
  • Email:

Wheelchair ramps on both sides of the main entrance
Accessible restrooms on all but third floors

Computers and Equipment

First Floor: 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

  • Address: 509 North 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23298-0582
  • Phone: (804) 828-0636; Toll-free: 1 (866) 828-2665
  • Fax: (804) 828-6089
  • Email:

Wheelchair ramp at entrance near 12th Street
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?

  • Jason Morris, Disabilities Coordinator for the James Branch Cabell Library at or by phone: (804) 828-8507.
  • Mary Jane Green, Disabilities Coordinator for the Tompkins-McCaw Library, at or by phone: (804) 828-0824.
  • Contact us.

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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