VCU Libraries is online and in person: VCU Libraries COVID-19 response

The Health Sciences Library and Cabell Library are open. Find out what to expect when you visit

Course Reserves

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please note that due to Covid-19, course reserve lending will be restricted. In an effort to protect student health and safety, all Course Reserves items will be quarantined (therefore, unavailable for checkout) for up to 6 days after each use, per CDC recommendations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the course reserves team at


Students may check out course reserves from the service desk and find reserve items in VCU Libraries Search.


Faculty can place physical items on reserve to ensure all students in the class have equal access to the assigned material. 


James Branch Cabell Library: Information Services
Call (804) 828-1111

Tompkins-McCaw Library: Reserve Services
Call (804) 828-0636

Open and Affordable Course Content

VCU Libraries' Open and Affordable Course Content Initiative supports instructors as they work to transition their courses to zero textbook cost courses, using either open educational resources or library content.

Learn more about using open and affordable course content »