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Using collections

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.

Reproductions and copies

Reproductions and copies are available through non-flash image capturing by the researcher or at the departments’ digital scanning station and paper copiers. With few exceptions, copies are free, regardless of format. For more information, see Reproduction Services in Special Collections and Archives.

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.

Researchers should acknowledge VCU Libraries, Special Collections and Archives as source and owner of cited, loaned or used materials.

Contact Us

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

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


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
All Libraries
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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