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The Library is the foundation on which the University of Virginia built a transformative educational community. The Library partners in learning and collaborates in discovery by creating inclusive and sustainable collections, services, spaces, and infrastructure, and plays an integral role in UVA’s ability to maintain its standing as a top-ranked public institution of higher education. It provides access to a rich array of physical and digital scholarly materials that include more than 20 million manuscripts and archives, about 5 million printed volumes, more than 207,000 journal subscriptions, and millions of non-text materials such as images, audio, video, data sets, and more.

Ten facilities and a sophisticated online environment serve the entire University community and support all academic programs.

Alderman Library houses materials in the social sciences and humanities as well as the Library's depository collections of state, federal, and international documents, and is home to the Scholars' Lab, a technology center for the digital humanities. Opened in 1938, Alderman is soon to undergo a major renovation.

The Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library, open 24 hours a day, five days a week, and its satellites (Astronomy, 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 exhibitions are hosted by the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture.

Clemons Library, also open 24/5, contains video materials and provides advanced technology and digital media services in the Robertson Media Center. Clemons also houses the Dathel and John Georges Student Center, the home of student advising at the University.

Additional collections and services are available in the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library and the Music Library.

The Library also maintains Ivy Stacks, an off-Grounds shelving and preservation facility containing more than 1 million items available for retrieval. Ivy Stacks has recently been expanded in anticipation of the Alderman Library renovation.

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.

Along with rich and varied collections and extended hours, the Library system has a knowledgeable staff that contributes daily to the academic endeavor, from helping students manage research to building innovative programs for the digital humanities. Librarians with subject expertise are available to collaborate with faculty on their research and teach students how best to use and evaluate information, and the Scholars' Lab, Robertson Media Center, and Research Data Services offer specialized expertise and tools for technology-intense scholarship.

The University Library matches face-to-face services with 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.


  • Alderman
  • Brown (in Clark Hall)
  • Camp (at Darden School)
  • Claude Moore (Health Sciences)
  • Clemons
  • Fiske Kimball Fine Arts
  • Harrison Institute
  • Morris (at Law School)
  • Music (in Old Cabell Hall)
  • Small Special Collections
  • Branch Science Libraries
    • Astronomy
    • Math (in Kerchoff Hall)
    • Physics


Manuscripts and archives: 20 million-plus
Books: 5 million-plus
Visits per year: 2 million-plus
E-books: 785,000-plus
Journal subscriptions: 207,000-plus
Media items (videos, audio, etc.): 358,000-plus
Miles of shelving: 164-plus
Languages spoken by staff: 29

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