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For information on VCU’s libraries, what they offer and when they’re open.


What about VCU’s library facilities?

The VCU Libraries is the third largest research library in Virginia — advancing teaching, learning and research at VCU with a comprehensive collection of digital and print materials and outstanding physical facilities and computer resources for individual or group study.

VCU has two libraries:

The libraries hold 2.25 million volumes (including more than 450,000 e-books), 61,000 print and electronic journals, 65,000 audiovisual items 5,681 linear feet of manuscripts and 2,800 gigabytes of locally scanned collections. The Tompkins-McCaw Library has the largest medical collection in the state and outstanding electronic access to the latest in life sciences information and research. Cabell Library houses one of the largest book art collections in the Southeast and the largest popular culture and comic art collections in the state. The libraries host more than 2 million visitors annually.

The VCU Libraries is the only patent and trademark depository in Virginia and has particular strengths in medicine, science, engineering and information technology. Both libraries provide hundreds of computer workstations located throughout the buildings as well as off-campus access from residence halls and home to all computerized resources. Students enjoy expanded study space, a coffee bar and “cyberlounges.”

What are the libraries’ hours? Are they open on weekends and holidays?

During the fall and spring semesters, James Branch Cabell Library runs around-the-clock (24 hours, Sunday through Friday) with slightly reduced operating hours on weekends and during summer sessions. Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, which largely serves graduate students, expands its hours as needed.

VCU students have access to all online library materials 24/7 from residence halls, apartments and any place in the world where they have Internet access.

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