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High School Students, Teachers and Librarians

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 and can renew these items once.
  • Books may be renewed by calling Cabell Library at 804-828-1111 before the due date. You can also use text, chat, or email; full details on the Ask Us page
  • The loan period for DVDs and CDs is 7 days with a limit of 5 DVDs at one time.
  • At the time of checkout, students will receive a loan receipt which includes the 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.
  • School librarians/media specialists can email VCU Libraries at any time ( to check on student’s library account.

If you have additional questions about borrowing privileges, please contact Laura Crouch at

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 Health Science 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. 

Who to contact:

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

Laura Crouch, Information Associate | (804) 828-8630

JoVE access for high schools

Many high schools in the Richmond area have been given access to JoVE Unlimited, a database of science videos with the mission to improve scientific research and education. The following schools have partnered with VCU Libraries and JoVE for access to these educational resources.

  • Armstrong High School
  • Clover Hill High School
  • Colonial Heights High School
  • Cosby High School
  • Franklin Military Academy
  • George Wythe High School
  • Henrico High School
  • Hermitage High School
  • Highland Springs High School
  • Huguenot High School
  • John Marshall High School
  • L. C. Byrd High School
  • Maggie Walker Governor's School
  • Monacan High School
  • Open High School
  • Petersburg High School
  • Richmond Community High School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Varina High School 

Students in these schools can access JoVE through authorization credentials accredited by JoVE in their own schools. Participating schools can take advantage of other JoVE training resources after logging in; check the Resource Hub for faculty resources, playlists, case studies and more. 

Students at all high schools in the Richmond area can access JoVE's resources when visiting Cabell Library in person. Check the guide for visitors and community members for details on the Scholarly Access on Saturdays and on-campus wireless options.