Access to books and library materials

There are many ways to access libraries' materials, including physical materials, without entering our buildings. We now offer Front Door Pickup at of physical libraries' materials, and we continue to provide access to many e-books and online resources.

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Returning physical materials

Items can be returned in person to James Branch Cabell Library or the Health Sciences Library when they are open, or via the external book return slot on the eastern wall of Cabell Library, facing the lawn and the Cathedral, even when the library is closed.

Multimedia equipment from The Workshop should be returned in person to the Information Desk at James Branch Cabell Library during open hours.

Books can be mailed or shipped back as well; email for a prepaid shipping label.

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Sources for online books


JSTOR is offering online access through August 31 to more than 35,000 books, in addition to the JSTOR Archive and Primary Source collections. VCU Libraries has opted into this expanded access through our existing JSTOR subscription. A list of participating publishers is updated as additional publishers join.

More ways to read online

VCU Libraries regularly provides access to many e-book collections and e-books can also be found through VCU Libraries Search.

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