VCU Library Resources

One of the many fabulous advantages of our school’s location is being within walking distance of VCU, including the beautifully renovated James Branch Cabell Library.

Useful tools for accessing or identifying available materials – an effective practice for planning a visit to Cabell Library – include the following:

Borrowing Materials from VCU Libraries

Books, CDs, and DVDs available from VCU Libraries are a valuable complement to the MW Library’s resources. In order to check out their materials, follow the steps below (forms are available in the staff handbook and student information course in itslearning, as well as on the library circulation desk):

  1. Submit a completed university borrowing form (requires signature of parent/guardian) to Ms. DeGroat to obtain a borrowing pass* for VCU Libraries.
  2. Complete a VCU Libraries registration form
  3. Take the borrowing pass, the VCU Libraries registration form, and a photo ID (e.g. MLWGS student ID) to Cabell Library to check out the items of interest to you

*The borrowing pass is a single-use pass. Once you return those items, you may obtain another borrowing pass from Ms. DeGroat.

Fees assessed for late and lost items at VCU Libraries are significant. Overdue fines on CDs and DVDs begin as soon as they are late at the rate of $1 per day; on the 4th day late, they’re considered lost, as are books more than 28 days late. An item returned after it has been marked lost will be assessed a $10 processing fee. Items not returned will be assessed a replacement fee of at least $80 per item, sometimes more. Materials borrowed from the Tompkins-McCaw Library are subject to a $150 replacement fee.

On-site Access to Research Databases through VCU Libraries

If you have your own mobile device, you may take your device to Cabell Library, log on to the guest wireless with a valid email address, and use most of their online databases.

If you need to use one of VCU’s computers, you may use one of their library computers (subject to availability) for up to one hour per day.  If you visit Cabell Library on Saturdays you may have access for longer periods of time (subject to computer availability) as part of VCU’s Saturday Scholars program for high school students. Computer use requires a photo ID (e.g. MLWGS student ID) and valid email address.

After 10pm Mon-Thur, Cabell Library access is limited to VCU students with a valid ID card (card must be swiped at entrance doors).  The library is also closed on some holidays and other days. Check their hours page for a semester schedule.

Remote Access to VCU databases

You must be enrolled in a VCU dual enrollment course to access VCU databases remotely.

If you’re in a VCU dual enrollment course, you may set up remote access to VCU databases during the second semester of the course. To get database access, you’ll need your VCU eID which you can look up on their eID lookup page by inputting your date of birth and either your VCU Banner ID (a.k.a., V Number) or the last ten digits of your VCU Card number.


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