The University of Virginia Library plays an integral role in the University’s ability to maintain its standing as a top-ranked public institution of higher education. The Library provides access to a rich array of scholarly materials that include more than 18 million manuscripts and archives, 5 million printed volumes, half a million e-books, as well as databases, 150,000 journals, and millions of nontext materials.
Ten libraries and a sophisticated online environment serve the entire University community and all academic programs. Alderman Library houses materials in the social sciences and humanities, open stacks for browsing, and the popular McGregor Reading Room. The Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library and its satellites (Astronomy, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics) serve the research needs of the University’s scientific community.
The University’s world-renowned collection of manuscripts and rare books is located in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, in the same building where public programs and exhibits are hosted by the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture. Clemons Library is a 1,500-seat facility open 24/5. It contains video materials, group study spaces, and help with digital media creation in the Robertson Media Center.
Additional collections and services are available in the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, the Music Library, and the Curry School of Education. In addition to the University Library system, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, the Camp Library in the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and the Arthur J. Morris Law Library serve the University’s professional schools. Most collections and library spaces also are open to the public and to scholars worldwide.
In addition to rich collections and generous hours, the Library system has a knowledgeable staff that contributes daily to the academic endeavor, from building innovative programs for the digital humanities to helping a student with a paper topic. Librarians with subject expertise are available to collaborate with faculty on their research and teach students how best to use and evaluate information.
The Scholars’ Lab, Digital Media Lab, and Research Data Services offer specialized expertise and tools for technology-intense scholarship. In addition to face-to-face services, the University Library provides virtual services that maximize access to Web-accessible content and ensure the preservation of born-digital material. Virgo can be used to search the Library’s collections as well as online article content. The research portal connects scholars with resource databases, subject guides, and online help and instruction. Libra is the University’s institutional repository where faculty and students can deposit their theses, dissertations, and articles.
Brown (in Clark Hall)
Camp (at Darden School)
Claude Moore (Health Sciences)
Morris (at Law School)
Music (in Old Cabell Hall)
Branch Science Libraries
Math (in Kerchoff Hall)
University Library, 2015-16
Manuscripts and archives: 19 million
Books: 5 million
Visits per year: 2 million-plus
Journal subscriptions: 152,902
Films and videos: 62,809
Study room reservations: 52,150