VCU Libraries

Research Guides

High School Students, Teachers and Librarians

On-Campus Wireless

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

Library Computers

For one-hour per day, anyone with a current school or academic ID may use our guest computers to access our online resources. Space permitting, high school students can also use student computers in Cabell Library on Saturdays, when Information Services staff can log them in for an extended basis; this access is for academic research use only.

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If you have an outdated print card you may request the funds transferred at the Information Desk.

Cabell Library Floor Designations

Lower Level, First and Second Floors: Collaborative study, normal conversations allowed
Third Floor: Quiet study; whisper only, no audible headsets, no cell phone conversations
Fourth Floor: Silent study; no talking, no audible headsets, no cell phone conversations

Borrowing Materials

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

  • Students must have a VCU Libraries High School Borrowing Pass, obtained from their librarian.
  • Students can check out a maximum of 10 books for 28 days, one renewal.
  • Books may be renewed by calling Information Services at 804-828-1111 before the due date. You can also use text, chat or email; full details on the Ask Us page
  • Loan period for DVDs and CDs is 7 days, limit 5 DVDs at one time.
  • At time of checkout, students will receive a loan receipt which includes due date. 
  • We will use the student’s personal email address to communicate due dates; school librarians receive an emailed monthly report of the students and due dates for all items.
  • Librarians can email VCU Libraries at any time to check on student’s library account.

If you have additional questions about borrowing privileges, please contact Denise Smith at ddsmith@vcu.edu.

Fees & Fines

  • There are no overdue fines on books in our general collection. DVDs and CDs are subject to overdue fines, at the rate of $1 per day ($10 max).
  • If any material is returned after being considered lost, 28 days overdue for books and 4 days overdue for DVDs and CDs, the replacement fee is removed. Processing fees and overdue fines are still owed. 
  • The base replacement fee for materials from Cabell Library is $80 plus a $10 lost item processing fee, and for materials from Tompkins-McCaw Library, it is $150 plus a $10 lost item processing fee. 
  • Librarians will also be notified of items that have been declared lost. If unpaid, each high school will be held financially responsible for damage fees and lost material fees on items borrowed by their students and teachers. 

Visiting Cabell Library

The experiences of each high school group visit to Cabell Library will vary; we are happy to help you plan your visit. 

Group visits must be scheduled by the high school librarian at least two weeks in advance. Your high school librarians will lead the library instruction session. We can schedule a one-on-one with your librarian to help strategize the information literacy session. 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 Day, or after November 1st. For the spring, consider anything prior to January 31st, VCU's Spring Break, or after April 1st. View VCU's Academic Calendar, linked below. 
  • Size of your group: the classroom can seat 36 and has 30 computers. Students may use their own devices by accessing VCU's free Guest Wireless. *Some school laptops limit guest wireless use; please check prior to your visit.*
  • For larger groups: 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 high school 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 may also assist the high school librarian by sharing teaching materials or other aids.
  • Each visiting group must be well supervised.

Donna Coghill (decoghil@vcu.edu) 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, Registration Specialist and Information Associate
ddsmith@vcu.edu | 804-828-2465