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. VCU students, faculty, and staff are expected to show their Entry Pass to enter library buildings. All other users may be asked prior to entry to confirm their understanding that unvaccinated individuals must wear face coverings while in the library.
- FACE COVERINGS: Based on direction from the Governor, as well as the recommendation from health and safety experts on VCU’s Public Health Response Team, effective immediately members of the VCU community who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks indoors. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose of a two-dose vaccination series (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks indoors.
- WORK AT HOME: Staying remote is one way to study safer and VCU Libraries provides vast resources — everything you need to study and learn from home.
- 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: In an abundance of caution, VCU Libraries has made some changes to its collection handling practices, some of which affect users. These new protocols include:
- Newspapers and magazines are not available for use;
- The Art Browsery on the Fourth Floor of Cabell is closed;.
- Returned books and media will be quarantined for three to five days before circulating again.
- Other changes in materials handling Study Safer
- EVENTS AND PROGRAMMING: No large public events will be held in libraries buildings during the fall semester. Refer to the website to enjoy online exhibits and participate in Zoom workshops or free programs.
- STUDY SOLO: Minimize your risk. Find a quiet place to study on your own and tap libraries’ resources online. Research guides can point you in the right direction.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we can look for a solution together.