Cabell Library offers two lactation rooms. These spaces are quiet, relaxing and private for mothers to nurse or pump. One room is on the lower level, the other on the fourth floor.
The rooms are decorated in a soothing color palette with photographs of mothers with babies. Each room offers:
- Mendela Symphony pump
- Comfortable seating
- Low lights and privacy
- Sink and mirror
Free and available during library hours, the lactation rooms are accessible only with VCUCard access. Students, faculty and staff moms at VCU can go to the Information Desk in the Cabell Library lobby to request access, or contact Teresa Doherty, Assistant Head for Access Services, at (804) 828-8658 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Moms can reserve the rooms online at times convenient to their needs. Both fourth floor and lower level Mothers’ Rooms are open during regular library hours, which include around-the-clock hours Sundays through Thursdays during fall and spring semesters.
The rooms are also available to visitors to campus. Women who would like immediate or temporary access to the spaces may request such at the Information Desk. Staff will escort them to one of the Mothers’ Rooms. Arranging a meeting or conference on campus? Cabell staff can assist you and your attendees who need access.
Mothers’ rooms are reserved for breastfeeding women and their babies. Fathers are free to bottle feed babies throughout the library building. Spacious universal bathrooms--on the third floor and lower level--in Cabell Library offer changing tables, giving fathers as well as mothers access to this childcare service space. (No diaper changing is allowed in the lactation rooms, which are for feeding and expressing milk.)