VCU Libraries

The research backbone and academic heart of Virginia Commonwealth University

The James Branch Cabell Library and the Health Sciences Library offer a print collection of three million volumes and 50,000 serial titles, along with an extensive collection of digital materials to advance the academic work of the VCU community.


Service Alert: Service Alert:

VCU Health Sciences Library winter hours are as follows:

Saturday, Dec. 16 & Sunday, Dec. 17: Closed

Monday, Dec. 18 - Thursday, Dec. 21: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 22: 8 a.m. - noon

Saturday, Dec. 23 - Monday, Jan. 1: Closed

Tuesday, Jan. 2 - Friday, Jan. 5: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 6 & Sunday, Jan. 7: Closed

Monday, Jan. 8 - Friday, Jan. 12: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 13 & Sunday, Jan. 14: Closed

Monday, Jan. 15: Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Tuesday, Jan. 16: Spring Hours Begin

Visit us online during winter break for more information and to access resources 24/7


In partnership with the VDA, VCU Libraries has digitized the archive of Virginia Dental Association Journals, going back more than a century>>

The more than 100 volumes of digitized content can be found in two collections within VCU Libraries’ institutional repository, Scholars Compass. One collection contains issues of the Bulletin of the Virginia State Dental Association, and the other contains issues of the Virginia Dental Journal.

From VDA President Dr. Dustin Reynolds: “The VDA is so grateful to the team at the VCU Health Sciences Library for working to digitize both the Bulletin of the Virginia State Dental Association and the Virginia Dental Journal. Founded in 1870, the history of the VDA is the history of dentistry in Virginia and having these records accessible online is an incredible resource for future generations of dentists.”


Today, Nov. 8 is National First-Gen College Celebration Day. Reps from VCU Libraries will be at the resources fair on the Commons Plaza, noon to 2 p.m. Come by and meet us and pick up some swag, including phone covers, and some info to help you finish the semester strong.


Today is Election Day. The university is closed so you can get out and vote.


Although the university is closed on Election Day, Nov. 7, Cabell Library is open 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Think of it as a bonus reading day.

Photos from VCU Libraries's post 10/24/2023

To celebrate Open Access Week, this week’s Cabell Screen exhibit showcases just a small selection of VCU Libraries’ open access and public domain resources, as well as images from educational resources and works of scholarship created by members of the VCU community.

2023 News | Open Access Week | VCU Libraries 10/23/2023

October 23-29, VCU Libraries is celebrating Open Access Week, a global event and opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the benefits of open access, coordinate in taking action to make openness the default for research and education, and ensure that equity is at the center of this work. “Open” is the movement to remove access barriers to educational and research materials. Open resources are freely accessible (meaning they’re not behind a paywall) and may be shared with open licenses.

VCU Libraries supports the publication of scholarship and research findings that are accessible to all through VCU Publishing, the sharing of unique materials from Special Collections and Archives with the world through Digital Collections, and the creation of customized course content through the Open and Affordable Course Content Initiative. If you’re interested in getting your research out from behind paywalls, VCU Libraries can help.

2023 News | Open Access Week | VCU Libraries Faculty: Explore options and VCU Libraries services during Open Access Week October 23, 2023 October 23-29, VCU Libraries is celebrating Open Access Week. This global event is an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the benefits of open access, coordinate in taking acti...

Photos from VCU Libraries's post 10/19/2023

October is National Medical Librarians Month. This month VCU celebrates all the work and expertise the librarians here at the Health Sciences Library put into improving medical research and practice, finding the best evidence, and supporting our faculty, students, and staff however they can.

Medical librarians are an integral part of the MCV Campus.  They have a direct impact on the quality of patient care and research by helping users stay current about advances in their specialty areas.  They teach students and healthcare providers how to find and evaluate information, and provide access to resources in a variety of formats.

Working on a group puzzle is a great way that medical librarians (right to left) Samantha Guss, Talicia Tarver and John Cyrus collaborate and have fun between consultations and searching at the office! 


Students got a chance today to take a break from studying and unwind by playing one of our medically themed board games at the Health Sciences Library. These games offered students a chance to review basic medical terminology and knowledge in a fun, relaxing way. Stop by and enjoy these games at a future StudyWell event. 

Photos from VCU Libraries's post 10/12/2023

Students at the Health Sciences Library showed their creativity by designing and creating their own unique buttons to express their support and celebrate National Coming Out Day. 

Photos from VCU Libraries's post 10/10/2023

The VCU Real Life Film Series relaunched this academic year with the screening of "Breaking Loneliness" at the Health Sciences Library. The documentary focuses on people who have worked to overcome their own loneliness and social isolation and are now helping others to battle their own. The screening provided insights related to concepts addressed by the VCU Common Book "Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness."

After the film, VCU College of Health Professions Gerontology Professor, Jodi Winship, Ph.D., discussed her research and current trends concerning loneliness and aging.


October is Virginia Archives Month and the theme for 2023 is Community Made: Zines and Self-Published Materials! The Special Collections and Archives Department celebrated by giving out buttons with images of historic MCV buildings and Archives 101 Zines to students at the Health Sciences Library.


Mail day at the office! VCU's Cabell First Novelist Award is OPEN for submissions! Submit today!

Debut novels conventionally published anytime in the 2023 calendar year are eligible.

See for more details on submission and eligibility!

VCU Department of English

[image description: a stack of cardboard boxes and bubble mailers sits on a desk in the Cabell office.]


The VCU Health Sciences Library is spotlighting challenged books and censorship during Banned Book Week, Oct. 1-7, with the Freedom to Read Pop-up Book Display, located in the library's lobby. The books featured in the display have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries, schools and prisons. To learn more about Banned Books Week  check the news link in our profile.   

VCU completes pedestrian safety study 10/02/2023

Stay informed. Stay aware walking on our urban landscape. Stay safe.

VCU completes pedestrian safety study VCU and the City of Richmond have been working together to identify and prioritize pedestrian safety improvements across VCU.

2023 News | Banned Books Week | VCU Libraries 10/02/2023

Visit VCU Libraries this week. Take a moment to think about attacks on libraries and the national surge in book bans and challenges during Banned Book Week. https://www.library.vcu.

2023 News | Banned Books Week | VCU Libraries Explore censorship through VCU Libraries Banned Book Week activities September 26, 2023 Censorship is in the air these days. Book bans or challenges are seeing a record-breaking surge. In light of this trend, VCU Libraries plans educational programming and exhibits during Banned Book Week Oct. 1-7.....


The publisher of one of VCU Libraries' most treasured items in our vast Comic Arts Collection, the All-Negro Comics No. 1, was a victim of censors. See this work and more in "Ink and Rebellion," an exhibit on the 4th Floor, Cabell Library.


Patrons learned about local support services for seniors and caregivers using the SeniorNavigator website at the "Your Guide to Aging Well" event held at the VCU Medical Center Health and Wellness Library. SeniorNavigator is an online directory that lists 26,000+ resources that help older adults remain independent and supports family caregivers. Additional topics attendees discussed with Bonnie Scimone, Lead Community Specialist and Marketing Assistant at VirginiaNavigator, were social and community engagement, navigating your health care, brain health, and elder abuse.   


VCU Libraries, in support of open and affordable course materials across the VCU community, announces that a new round of VIVA Open Adopt Grants is open for applications. These $2,000 grants empower faculty with the resources and time they need to integrate existing open or no-cost materials into a syllabus. Applications are due Nov. 7. Award notification will take place on Dec. 15. Information sessions will be held Oct. 3, 18 and Nov. 3.


Please join us in congratulating Dr. VaCora Oliver-Rainey, who is one of five VCU faculty members to receive grant funding from VCU Libraries to support the development of a free digital textbook. With the help of Brian Allen, a fourth year dental student, Rainey will customize a textbook for her Practice Management course. The customized content will supplement lectures, contain assignments and provide resources on how to run a dental practice after graduation. Read more in our latest blog article:


September is Deaf Awareness Month, bringing visibility to and awareness of the communication needs and unique identity of deaf and hard of hearing people.

Deaf Awareness Month aims to increase public awareness of deaf issues, people and culture, emphasizing the positive aspects of deafness, encouraging social inclusion and raising awareness of the organizations locally, nationally and globally that support those who are deaf.

The VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives is home to The Culter Collection, which contains various examples of hearing aids that have been developed from ancient times throughout the 10th century.

Photos from VCU Libraries's post 09/19/2023

VCU's Peer Health Educators stopped by the Health Sciences Library as a part of Study Well to show students how to register and participate in RecWell programs, identify campus resources to support their well-being at VCU, practice strategies and set goals for well-being and self-care using the self-guided Passport to Well-Being program. Images by Sundus Fatimah and Danny Lyons

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