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Space closures and service updates

VCU Libraries is committed to transparency and the health and safety of students, employees and the community. This page will provide updates about Libraries space closures or service changes due to confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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September 18, 2020

A portion of study space on the lower level of Cabell Library is temporarily closed due to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 infection. At 3:35 p.m today, VCU Libraries received notification that a student with a probable case of COVID-19 had been in this area Thursday, 9/17 within the last 24 hours. They were on the lower level, in a booth outside the Workshop, near the elevator. The area is currently blocked off and will be disinfected.


September 15, 2020

A portion of study space on the third floor of Cabell Library is temporarily closed due to a reported case of COVID-19 infection. At 2:20 p.m. today, VCU Libraries received notification that a student with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 had been in this area Monday, 9/14 between 6:30 and 10 p.m. They were on the third floor, in seating facing the Cathedral. The are is currently blocked off and will be disinfected.


September 9, 2020

A possible COVID-19 case has been traced to Cabell Library's Starbucks yesterday (Tuesday, 9/8) sometime between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 

Starbucks had already been cleaned and disinfected overnight to the specified standards for COVID-19 exposures by the time the contact tracing process was complete this afternoon. Since it is a food service area, it receives this level of disinfection regularly. Therefore, no closures or additional cleanings are necessary.


August 26, 2020

A portion of study space on the third floor of Cabell Library was temporarily closed due to a reported case of COVID-19 infection. Seating along the south side of the building facing Floyd Avenue and the west side of the street facing Linden Avenue was blocked off and has been disinfected. 

At 9:30 p.m. on August 26, VCU Libraries received notification from the Facilities Management Team that a student with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 studied in this area within the previous 24 hours.

To reduce risk of infection, the university will disinfect the above-noted location[s] with EPA-approved cleaners effective against COVID-19 prior to reopening the space. VCU is following guidance from the CDC, EPA and OSHA regarding isolation, cleaning, disinfection and the protection of students, employees and the public. For more information about VCU’s cleaning and disinfecting procedures, visit https://fmd.vcu.edu/covid-19-resources/cleaning-disinfecting/

If you were in an affected area listed above within 24 hours of the noted case, we encourage you to monitor yourself daily for symptoms. Students and employees who develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or who test positive for COVID-19, must inform Student Health Services or Employee Health by contacting the call center at 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843.

For updates on overall VCU COVID-19 cases, visit the VCU COVID-19 dashboard.