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High School Students, Teachers and Librarians

Wireless Access

VCU Guest Wireless is available for all visitors to the VCU campus. When trying to connect to the guest wireless on your computer or mobile device, select the VCU Guest Wireless network and a log-in page will appear. Read the terms and conditions, accept them by entering your email address. Access to most electronic resources are available via the VCU Guest Network. 

Library Computers

Students and teachers with a current academic ID may use our guest access computer workstations to make use of our electronic resources, such as databases, and electronic journals and books, for one-hour per day. High school students can also use public computers in Cabell Library on Saturdays, when, space permitting, Information Services staff can log them in for an extended basis; this access is for academic use only.

Copying, Printing and Scanning

Copying & printing: Purchase a pre-loaded printing card for $2 ($1 in printing is included in the purchase price) and add money to the card as needed. B&W two-sided printing is 12 cents; single-sided is 8 cents; color is 50 cents. Copies are 10 cents for single sided only. 

Scanning is free, you may email the scan to yourself; there are scanners on all floors.

Click here for details on bringing your high school students to visit Cabell Library.

Borrowing Materials

This partnership allows you to authorize your students and instructors to borrow materials from VCU Libraries general collections, with the understanding that your school will be held responsible for the payment of all fines and fees associated with these loans.

To borrow materials students must have the VCU Libraries High School Borrowing pass, obtained from their librarian. Students can check out a maximum of 10 items for a period of 28 days, one renewal. The loan period for DVDs and CDs is 7 days with a limit of 5 DVDs checked out at a time. We will be using the student's personal email address to communicate due dates to the student. The school librarians will receive a report by email once a month informing them of the due dates of the books checked out to the students. Librarians can email VCU Libraries at any time to check on a student’s library account.  

When borrowing books, DVDs or CDs, students and teachers will receive a loan receipt. This loan receipt will include the title of each book borrowed and the due date. We encourage patrons to keep the email as a reminder of the due date. We will also send a courtesy email reminder 3 days prior to the due date and another the day the books are due. Emails are sent to the email address provided by the student upon registration.

Students are allowed one renewal for an additional 28 days. To renew a book the student may call Information Services at 804-828-1111 before the due date. 

Download this document for full details on our access privileges for high school students and teachers.

If you have additional questions about borrowing privileges, please contact Denise Smith

Fees & Fines

There are no overdue fines on books in our general collection; if these items are not returned or renewed within 28 days of the due date, they will be considered lost. If the book is returned after being considered lost the replacement fee is removed and a $10 processing fee will be owed. The base replacement fee for books from the collection of Cabell Library is $80 plus a $10 lost item processing fee, and for books from the collection of Tompkins-McCaw Library, it is $150 plus a $10 lost item processing fee. If such a book is returned after being labeled as lost, the replacement fee is removed, however, the school will be responsible for the non-refundable processing fee of $10 for each lost/returned item and the maximum overdue fine of $10.

DVDs and CDs are subject to overdue fines if not returned on time. The overdue fine rate for these items is $1 per day. DVDs and CDs will be considered lost 4 days after the due date.

High school librarians will receive a monthly activity report of items loaned. Librarians will also be notified of items that have been declared lost. Each high school may be held  financially responsible for damage fees and lost material fees on items borrowed by their students or teachers, if not paid by these patrons.

Visiting Cabell Library

We can help you arrange to bring your high school students to Cabell Library for a visit. Experiences vary, depending on when you visit and the size of your group. 

Group visits must be scheduled by the high school librarian at least two weeks in advance. Your school librarians may want to lead a library instruction session in Cabell Library. We are happy to work with you on finding the right time as well as one-on-one sessions to show your librarians some of our classroom tips for using our systems. To set up a classroom experience with your librarians in Cabell Library, contact Donna Coghill at decoghil@vcu.edu

Some things to consider about your library classroom visit:

  • Time of year: we have limitations on room availability. For the fall, consider late August, VCU's Reading Days, or after November 1st. For the spring, consider anything prior to January 31st, VCU's Spring Break, or after April 1st. Click here for VCU's Academic Calendar
  • Size of your class or group: the classroom for non-VCU groups has 25 computers, and can seat 30 tightly. Students may use their own laptops or tablets as an alternative with VCU's free Guest Wireless.
  • If you have a larger group, you may want to consider breaking the group up, half in the classroom and half touring Cabell Library. One example of a high school visit might be that the librarian leads a classroom session while a teacher leads a tour of the building. Others may have a longer visit and the librarian would lead both the classroom and tour portion.
  • Library instruction will be conducted by the high school librarian. Prior to the visit, the librarian can set up a one-on-one training session with Donna Coghill, the Community Engagement Librarian. If needed, VCU Libraries staff may also assist the high school librarian by sharing teaching materials or other aids. Each visiting group must be well supervised. A ratio of at least one adult for each twenty students is suggested.

Donna Coghill is happy to help you determine the best experience for your visit. Please do not hesitate to contact her and discuss the best experience for your school. 

Who to contact:

For classroom and other on-site experiences:

Donna E. Coghill, Community Engagement Librarian and Coordinator of Campus Partnerships
decoghil@vcu.edu | 804-828-6554

For setting up or checking on your school's borrowing privileges:

Denise Smith, Information Associate
ddsmith@vcu.edu | 804-828-2465