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National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Museum of African American History and Culture

Three pieces from VCU Libraries displayed at the long-awaited new national center Smithsonian African American Museum

Regional Archivists Invite Artistic Creations
Regional Archivists Invite Artistic Creations

Deadline is Oct. 14 for submitting entries in new "Archives Remix" contest Learn More

James Branch Cabell: Man of Letters and Libraries
James Branch Cabell: Man of Letters and Libraries

Online compendium celebrates Mr. Cabell's literary legacy. Visit the Display

Beyond the Bubble
Beyond the Bubble

Brandcenter professor of creativity finds inspiration in special collections and archives materials. Professor Hung Interview

Digital collection tells inside story of building the VCU President's House.
Digital collection tells inside story of building the VCU President's House.

History grad students transcribed revealing letters. See the Collection

Fascinated by the history of medicine?
Fascinated by the history of medicine?

Explore VCU's Medical Artifacts Collection, in person or online. Learn More

Oral Histories
Oral Histories

Digitized, searchable documents and audio bring real voices to the tragic tale of a Richmond neighorhood. Learn More

A New Look at Old Richmond
A New Look at Old Richmond

1889 atlas turned interactive map reveals change and history in RVA Atlas project

Rare photographs of 1963 civil rights protests tell new stories.
Rare photographs of 1963 civil rights protests tell new stories.

Freedom Now Project seeks public input. Get Involved

Holocaust Surviving Torah
Holocaust Surviving Torah

Alumni donate sacred symbol of faith and hope. Learn More

Want to get your hands on some intriguing and inspirational book art?
Want to get your hands on some intriguing and inspirational book art?

Take a class or make an appointment. Contact Us


Open to all researchers, the Special Collections and Archives departments at James Branch Cabell Library and Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences provide access to rare publications and primary source materials. Archivists and special collections librarians welcome requests for research consultations, classes, community programs and collaborative initiatives. 

Collections at James Branch Cabell Library include book art, comic arts, manuscripts and rare books and periodicals.

Collections at Tompkins-McCaw Library include manuscripts, medical artifacts and rare books and periodicals.

Contact Us

James Branch Cabell Library: libjbcsca@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1108.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are recommended.

Tompkins-McCaw Library: libtmlsca@vcu.edu or (804) 828-9898.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are recommended.

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VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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