Fall Update: Masks required, food and drink again OK in library buildings, in-person events resume
After months of various COVID-19 safety restrictions VCU Libraries buildings on both campuses are now open to all. Friends of VCU Libraries, registered VCU alumni, individuals affiliated with other academic institutions and members of the general public engaged in academic pursuit or who are attending a VCU Libraries event are welcome in library buildings.
Library users should take note of these rules and updates:
- Everyone must wear masks in all library spaces unless they are actively eating or drinking. Studies show that masking effectively reduces the spread of viruses and, combined with COVID-19 vaccination, can greatly reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
- The temporary ban on food and drink in the libraries has been lifted, but library users must wear a mask anytime they are not actively eating or drinking.
- When eating/drinking and removing masks, observe social distancing if possible in consideration of others nearby.
- In-person events will resume in library spaces and many events will also be offered live online. In-person events may be subject to public health restrictions.
- The Entry Pass system is no longer in use at VCU Libraries.
- Friends of VCU Libraries and registered alumni cardholders should be prepared to show their borrowing cards upon request. If your card has expired or you are uncertain about your status, contact the libraries Development Office before visiting.
- Front Door Pickup Service is no longer offered. However, Friends of VCU Libraries and VCU alumni patrons can now request items in our physical collections in storage or on the shelf through ILLiad. This paging service was not available previously to our community groups.
- Print newspapers and magazines were discontinued during COVID-19 and will not be reinstated.
VCU requires that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated.
Refer to the VCU Libraries website for these changes and further updates related to public health and COVID-19 restrictions.