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What to expect and what is expected of VCU Libraries users

In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please be aware of these precautions, changes and guidelines for using library spaces.

Users who fail to adhere to these practices will be asked to leave the building and may be subject to additional disciplinary measures as stated in the Use of Libraries policy or through the Student Code of Conduct.

  • ACCESS TO LIBRARY BUILDINGS: VCU Libraries has lifted restrictions on who may enter library spaces. We welcome VCU students, faculty, and staff, as well as Friends of VCU Libraries, registered VCU alumni users, individuals affiliated with other academic institutions, and members of the general public engaged in academic pursuit or who are attending a VCU Libraries event.
  • FACE COVERINGS: Masking indoors has been reinstated throughout the university and remains in effect for health system facilities. VCU Libraries users are required to wear a face covering while using library buildings.
  • CLEANING AND DISINFECTING: VCU Libraries has increased the cleaning and disinfection of restrooms and frequently touched objects and surfaces. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the building. Disinfectant wipes are provided as well. Please wipe down your work area (including study room tables) and public computer keyboards and mice before and after you use them.
  • CHANGES IN COLLECTIONS: VCU Libraries has made some changes to its collection handling practices, some of which affect users. These new protocols include:
    • Print newspapers were discontinued during COVID-19 and will not be reinstated; access to online subscriptions is available for VCU students, faculty and staff
    • The Art Browsery on the Fourth Floor of Cabell is closed
  • STAY HOME IF SICK: If you have a fever, symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days, you should stay home. Touch-free temperature scanning kiosks are located in both libraries to help you monitor your daily health."VCU Libraries offers robust online resources to assist you if you are working from your home or residence hall. Be well.  
  • ASK A STAFF MEMBER: If you have questions while in library buildings or while working remotely, reach out for help. We’re all in this together. 

We know these are extraordinary times, and we care about how changes in VCU Libraries operations affect you. If you’re unable to get your schoolwork or research done because of COVID-19-related changes, please email so we can look for a solution together.