James Branch Cabell Library

901 Park Ave.


Cabell LibraryThe James Branch Cabell Library provides a broad array of library services on the Monroe Park Campus. Originally built in 1970, the library was renovated and expanded in 2016, resulting in 96,000 square feet of new construction in which to study, collaborate, discover, create and conduct research.

Special Collections and Archives, on the third floor, contains nearly 40,000 volumes in special subject areas, including Virginia and Richmond history and literature, popular culture and graphic arts, comic arts, artist books, and much more. The department also houses the official records and archives of VCU and its predecessor institutions (Richmond Professional Institute).

The Workshop, located on the new lower level of the library, features a variety of multimedia resources and services, including a 4K video studio, loanable media equipment, an array of video editing and graphic design stations, an audio editing studio, a video game lounge with six gaming consoles, and a makerspace featuring 3-D printers, a laser cutter, sewing machines, a computerized tabletop router and more.

The Technology Services IT Support Center is located in the basement in room B-30. The staff provide comprehensive computing support to faculty, staff and students, including support for VCU websites and accounts, test scanning and AV equipment loans.

The library provides many options for student study space, including more than 50 group study rooms, a Silent Reading Room, the Graduate Student and Faculty Research Center, a two-story lecture hall, an outdoor terrace and a “reading porch.” A full-service Starbucks is located on the main level.

  • Computer Lab  Computer lab
  • Dining Hall  Dining
  • Library  Library

Accessible entrance(s)

  • Park Avenue
  • North side of building