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Access to most electronic resources are available via the VCU Guest Wireless. For full details, review the details on this pdf.

All VCU libraries' buildings have reopened to the public. We welcome VCU students, faculty, and staff, as well as Friends of VCU Libraries, registered VCU alumni users, individuals affiliated with other academic institutions, and members of the general public engaged in academic pursuit or who are attending a VCU Libraries event. In the event of confirmed COVID-19 cases, we will post timely information about space closures and service updates. 

VCU Libraries for Alumni

VCU Libraries supports lifelong learning and professional research for VCU alumni by partnering with the VCU Alumni Association to provide alumni with free borrowing privileges for books in the collection and invitations to special events and lectures. In addition, they can now obtain an electronic ID that will also allow access to in-building library computers. To be eligible, VCU alumni must have completed a degree program at VCU or at one of its predecessor institutions, Richmond Professional Institute or the Medical College of Virginia.

  1. Alumni must first register online with the VCU Office of Alumni Affairs.
  2. Once fully registered with VCU Alumni, library privileges can be requested. 
  3. After activation of your borrowing privileges, alumni can request an electronic ID to use while in library spaces.

Please allow 2 weeks to receive a borrowing card and for activation of your borrowing privileges. Processing of the eID may take several weeks.


For Current Employees & Students:

If you are a current VCU employee or student, you already have library benefits and do not need to request an alumni borrower’s card. Not sure if you currently have library borrowing privileges? Contact before filling out the form linked above. If you are about to graduate, please wait until your current library privileges expire before requesting alumni borrowing privileges.

Library Facilities & Online Access

Other Sources of Articles and Books

There's a lot of great -- and often scholarly -- information available for free online. A sampling of sources is listed on the Electronic Resources page. Also on that page is information about Loansome Doc, a fee-based service for obtaining articles found in PubMed from VCU Libraries.

Virginia's public libraries and community colleges offer borrowing privileges to Virginia residents with a photo ID (usually a driver's license). Take a look at the Borrowing page for more information.

Printing, Copying, and Scanning

Purchase a printing card at the Information Desk for $5 and add money to the card as needed. OnePrint Stations which print, scan, and copy are available on all floors.

Printing, Copying, and Scanning Prices

  • Black & White: Single-sided = 0.08 cents/page; Two-sided = 0.12 cents/ page
  • Color: Single-sided = 0.50 cents/page; Two-sided = $1.00/page
  • Copying = 0.10 cents/page
  • Scanning is free

If you have an outdated print card you may request the funds transferred at the Information Desk.