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Cabell Library Lecture Hall

The Cabell Library Lecture Hall (room 303) is a gathering space for the VCU academic community. Priority use will be for marquee, high-profile scholarly events or other VCU community events that have university-wide, broad appeal. Types of events potentially appropriate for the lecture hall include lectures, panels, forums, book talks, readings, opening receptions for exhibits, addresses by university leaders, etc. The lecture hall is not intended for classes, study sessions, general meetings, student events, non-VCU fundraisers or social events such as weddings. It is also not well suited for conferences that require multiple break-out rooms or discussion spaces. And because it is housed in an active library building, the room is generally not used for musical performances, dances or other loud events.

The lecture hall is generally booked on an academic-year basis.

The Lecture Hall is a large, open, flat-floor auditorium that allows for multiple funiture configurations. It has sophisticated AV, including a large screen for presentations. It seats up to 300 in a lecture-style chair arrangement (rows of chairs).


While priority booking is given to library-organized or -sponsored events and major universitywide events, other VCU units are also invited to use the space. Fees apply.  

Requests for booking the space must go through VCU's virtual EMS (event management system). Virtual EMS requires all users to set up an account and to sign in with an active eID.

The EMS system will have the most up-to-date information about availability of the space. If it shows the lecture hall is available, you may input your request for use. Library staff will respond to your request within five business days. Please do not publicize your event in the lecture hall until you have an official confirmation from the VCU Libraries Events Office.

Staffing and Support

VCU Libraries provides limited staff support for non-library events. And while library staff will be happy to provide advice for how best to make use of the space and may be able to provide basic assistance with setup and breakdown and AV, most duties will fall to the users of the space.


Cabell Library Lecture Hall

Check the Calendar and Request a Booking

For Questions

Please contact the VCU Libraries events office:

Gregory Kimbrell
Events and programs coordinator
Cell: (804) 393-2951

If you are contacting about a reservation request or a future event, please allow five business days for a response. The events office fields a large volume of calls and emails, many of which are high-priority communications related to troubleshooting or assisting users with existing events in library buildings. If your need is urgent, you may also contact Sue Robinson, director of communications, at


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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