Latest service and space updates: VCU Libraries COVID-19 response

Special Collections and Archives open by appointment; spaces open Sept. 8

August 2, 2020
Woman sitting at a table on her laptop in the Tompkins-McCaw Reading Room.

Special Collections and Archives at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Science and James Branch Cabell Library are open only by appointment until after Labor Day.  

To request research assistance, schedule a class, or make an appointment to access collections, contact or (804) 828-9898 for Tompkins-McCaw or or (804) 828-1108 for Cabell. 

Special Collections and Archives on both campuses will reopen for walk-in researchers on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Appointments are encouraged so that staff can prepare materials in advance. As a precautionary measure during COVID-19, collections materials will be quarantined for five days following use. Researchers are required to wear a face covering, maintain physical distance from others during their visit, and wash their hands before and after handling materials. 

Three researchers at a time will be permitted to use the reading rooms at both locations.

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