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Tompkins-McCaw Library and Cabell Library are open. Find out what to expect when you visit. FAQ

Planning your visit

Special Collections and Archives at VCU Libraries welcomes researchers and visitors during its hours of operation or by appointment.

Accessing and using materials

To access materials onsite, researchers and visitors complete a brief registration form that provides information about collections and reading room use. Guidelines are designed to provide an environment that is welcoming and comfortable for researchers, yet safe and secure for rare and unique collections. Please note that collections are non-circulating and can be used only in the Special Collections and Archives reading rooms.

Research guides

Research Guides contain useful information for researching Special Collections and Archives.


Researchers may reproduce images of materials using cell-phones or cameras provided no flash is used. A self-service digital scanning station is also available.

Requests to use or publish any material are subject to copyright as defined by copyright law. Unless materials are in the public domain or being used under Fair Use, researchers must obtain the permission of the copyright holder and/or Special Collections and Archives for use or publication. Since other legal restrictions may apply, for example privacy, staff are available to consult regarding restrictions and copyright concerns and make every attempt to facilitate use. See VCU Libraries Copyright and Privacy Guidelines.

Researchers should acknowledge VCU Libraries, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library or Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences as source and owner of cited, loaned or used materials.

Contact Us

Special Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library: or (804) 828-1108
Hours: M - F, by appointment only

Special Collections and Archives at Tompkins-McCaw Library: or (804) 828-9898
Hours: M - F, by appointment only