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Inside the New Library: New Spaces for Tomorrow's Students

‌The new library, opening in 2015-16, is designed to provide useful, creative and inspirational spaces to meet the needs of students today and tomorrow.

Entering the building from the Compass, visitors will pass through revolving doors into an open space. With artistic and video displays, touch-screen kiosks for way finding and an easily accessible service desk, the Grand Entrance will orient visitors quickly to essential services: public workspaces and computers, an expanded Starbucks, librarian experts, study spaces and much more.

Building features

Convene and Collaborate

  • 1,500 new seats and workspaces for all types of work – silent or collaborative
  • Outdoor terrace for study and events
  • A screened porch-style study space on the third floor
  • Revitalized and expanded Special Collections and Archives spaces, including an expanded and redone Reading Room designed to enhance the use of rare materials
  • A massive new Silent/Quiet Reading Room
  • Graduate Student and Faculty Research Center with seating for 120 
  • A state-of-the-art service desk
  • 300-seat media-rich public events space
  • Reception spaces and conference rooms
  • 90% of new spaces will be for students and researchers, not for materials or staff.

Create and Make

The new Innovative Media Studio will become the university’s center for creative media-enabled storytelling, scholarship, exploration and visualization of data, and learning for all disciplines and at all levels across the VCU community.

Created in the technology-rich lower level of the new library building, this welcoming space will include:

  • Makerspace for hands-on work with 3D printers and scanners, laser cutter, wearable computing and other tools and craft supplies
  • Audio Recording Studio
  • Video Recording Studio
  • High-end computing and visualization equipment
  • Planning, Viewing and Gaming Room
  • Technology-rich collaborative workstations
  • A panoramic wrap-around space with high-definition displays for immersive visualization

Floor plans 


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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