Front door pickup for Friends and alumni

As VCU starts the new school year with new health and safety precautions, VCU Libraries welcomes back Friends of VCU Libraries and VCU Alumni borrowers with temporarily expanded front door book pickup services. VCU Libraries have limited building access to protect the health and safety of our communities. If you are a Friend of VCU […]

Community Zooming Through the Summer

Most people think of libraries as quiet, sedate places for study and access to information. At VCU Libraries, our Friends of VCU Libraries event series has brought our community together for years around key lectures and events that occur on an annual basis. With the arrival of COVID-19 in March, VCU Libraries was forced to […]

Roberta and Don Miller Embrace Creative Giving to Create a Legacy

Roberta and Don Miller are strong believers in education and greatly value the impact of higher education on their lives. A native of Kentucky, Roberta began her studies as an undergrad at Murray State University and earned a Master’s of Library Science and a Doctor of Education Degree at Vanderbilt University. Don is a native […]

Joan Gaustad (BFA ‘75/A) dedicates space to Gerald Donato and VCU students

Joan Gaustad came to VCU as a student in the early 1970’s. As the child of an Army officer, she lived in Thailand and Europe prior to her arrival on the Monroe Park Campus and her first impressions of Richmond were not terribly positive and she never thought she would remain. All of that changed […]

Building Community, One Zoom at a Time

In a typical year, VCU Libraries hosts an impressive number of public events and welcomes the community to join us in our comfortable lecture hall. With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to cancel an exciting schedule of spring events. To try and fill the void left by these cancellations and keep […]

How I Use the Library: a 2020 graduate reflects

Spring 2020 VCU graduates celebrated a little differently this year. A virtual graduation was held instead of in-person and their final months of classes switched to online. Justice Boyd Hughes graduated this spring with a B.A. in African American Studies and B.S. in Psychology and shares how the libraries were instrumental in her success. See what […]

“Florence Adler Swims Forever” is the next Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club selection for August 9th

Rachel Beanland is a recent graduate of VCU with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Her first novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever, will be released by Simon & Schuster on July 7th. From the publisher’s website: “Atlantic City, 1934. Every summer, Esther and Joseph Adler rent their house out to vacationers escaping to […]

The Brownell siblings honor their mother with a named endowment

This spring, art history Professor Emeritus Charles Brownell and his sister, Louise, made a gift to establish the Bess T. Brownell Fund in memory of their mother, Bess Trippe Brownell (1910-95) at VCU Libraries. The Brownell Fund supports the acquisition, stewardship and access of rare printed and hand-made publications and ephemera on architecture and the […]

Planned gift will establish a Dean’s Endowment for VCU Libraries

Elizabeth Roderick and John Kneebone are the type of couple that libraries dream about. She is a retired librarian currently enrolled in VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, working toward a Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Urban Revitalization (after already earning a Master’s in Public Administration and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management […]

Staff Senate honors Thelma Mack with diversity award

The VCU Staff Senate has honored Research and Education Coordinator Thelma Mack of Tompkins-McCaw Library with the Champion of Diversity and Inclusion Award. Mack was recognized for her tireless efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in library services and programs. Over the course of her 14-year career with VCU Libraries, Mack has been actively engaged […]

“Scholarship Boy” is the next Friends Book Club Pick

The Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club will meet Sunday, Sept, 6 at 2pm via Zoom. We will discuss Scholarship Boy: Meditations on Family and Race by Larry Palmer. From the publisher’s website: “In 1958, fourteen-year-old Larry Palmer left his parents and nine siblings at home in St. Louis and boarded a train to attend […]

Welcome new Friends Board members!

Welcome to the newest Friends of the Library Board members, Michelle Evans-Oliver and Carol Stanfield! Friends Board terms are three years, with the possibility of renewing terms for an additional three years. Friends Board members help guide the work of VCU Libraries in various ways, helping with programming, fundraising, and outreach. Michelle and Carol bring […]