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Library Buildings Funds

Tompkins-McCaw Library engraved signage

The Library Buildings Fund, established in 2015 as part of the most recent university capital campaign, supports the needs of students, faculty and researchers by providing enhanced spaces for study, collaboration and collections. A library building is never truly finished as it must evolve with needs and technology. Today, named spaces are available at every giving level. Additional opportunities for philanthropic support are:

Investing in landscaping and a sculpture garden

(estimated investment, $350,000) 

The sod lawn installed in front of Cabell Library, the last step in 2016 construction to meet minimal landscape requirements, has become an active gathering place for students. This “green commons” on the urban VCU campus is filled with social activities and play. Unfortunately, this lawn cannot support such intense use. In keeping with the spirit of the new building’s LEED Silver Certification, VCU Libraries seeks to create a native plant garden to enhance and sustain the grass lawn. The vision includes seating, an open grass area with irrigation to help preserve the “green commons” and the planting of trees and shrubs that thrive in Virginia and, therefore, require little maintenance. Sculpture throughout the garden will help define the space and will make the garden as iconic as the building. The new landscaping will provide respite from VCU’s predominantly paved urban landscape. 

Upgrading study rooms, the most in-demand spaces on both campuses

(estimated investment, $250,000)

The more than 50 group study rooms are often full around-the-clock. Because of the rooms’ popularity, furnishings, white boards, paint and carpeting deteriorate quickly. Your gift can help upgrade these rooms to contemporary standards, reviving worn-out spaces and, in some cases, completely overhauling rooms that have not been updated for years.  

Improving neglected spaces at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences

(estimated, $1.5 million) 

The library on the MCV campus is a central gathering space that is essential to the academic life of the five health sciences programs--Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Allied Health Professions. While a future new library is part of the university’s Master Plan, the need for continuouly improving library spaces is ongoing. Immediate plans include updated spaces to provide high-tech Workshop-like materials and equipment on the MCV Campus; power to the carrels in Stacks A-F; updated carrels and lighting in the lower level; updated lighting and replacement of ceiling tiles in basement work areas; and the purchase and installation of compact shelving to shift space from collections to users. 

Creating gallery-style nooks and walls--with lightning and stanchions-- to infuse library buildings with fine art

(estimated, $250,000) 

Gallery spaces within the buildings will showcase student, faculty and alumni work and will give visitors opportunities for inspiration and reflection. 



We gratefully accept unrestricted gifts and pledges, in any amount. See
details on new spaces and floor maps.  

To learn more about ways to contribute to this giving opportunity, please contact: Kelly J. Gotschalk, Director of Development and Major Gifts, kjgotschalk@vcu.edu (804) 827-1163.

How to Give

Gifts may be made online or by contacting the development office to set up a pledge payment schedule or arrange a planned gift. More about ways you can give to VCU Libraries. All checks should be made payable to "VCU Foundation" with the particular fund written on the memo line. Checks should be mailed to:

VCU Libraries 
111 N. 4th Street
Box 843042
Richmond, VA 23284-3042

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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
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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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