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Friends Corner: Marni Pilafian

“This ongoing Affordable Course Content effort is keeping more students in their libraries and classrooms rather than working a job to buy the book to stay in that classroom.“ I remember studying with a study group two nights a week my first year of college. The next year, three students in our study group had […]

ConnectWell: free postcards and a note home with Friends of VCU Libraries

Hey Mom! Writing from the library, where I spend all my time. Thanks for your support!! My semester is going ok, but i am not there yet. However, I am not going to give up. I will do my best to make you and myself proud! Hey dad, it’s your future graduate…just a reminder of […]

Community Zooms continue: community engagement and the future of Richmond’s monuments

In Conversation: Nourishing Community Transformation community zooms are programmed by the Friends of VCU Libraries Join us on Thursday, May 5 at 10:30 am as Marland Buckner, Interim Executive Director of the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia (BHMVA), discusses how the Museum looks forward to using the Confederate monuments as teaching tools […]

Friends Corner: Suzanne Lee

I clearly remember the day in 2018 when I visited the VCU Health Sciences Library and laughed and laughed, and laughed some more. Between laughs, I learned something. “Doc” Al Schalow, B.S., ‘61/P, offered his multi-media, multi-disciplinary presentation: “The Medicine Wagon Show: Patent Medicines and Miracle Cures of Yesterday and Today”. “Doc” Schalow offered a […]

More than just a donor wall

Each plaque tells a story of giving. This is more than just a wall of names . . . Every plaque on the VCU Libraries donor wall has a story behind it, a reason for the gift. Some people gave so future generations of students will have appropriate facilities and materials for study, other donors […]

Meet our Friends Board

What does VCU Libraries mean to you? “Libraries must evolve to be more than just places that serve scholars seeking to absorb and consume. They need to be inclusive community spaces that enable creative expression and amplify engagement.” New Friends of VCU Libraries Board member Kenneth Warren Foster (B.F.A. ’01/A) is excited about the future […]

VCU Libraries 2021 T- shirts available!

Show your support for VCU Libraries by purchasing a T-shirt featuring the winning design from the 2021 Friends of the Library design contest. A portion of the sale of each shirt goes to VCU Libraries. The design is by alumna Kiersten Marshall, BFA ’20/A, and shows an image of the many ways in which VCU […]

Designers: What does VCU Libraries mean to you?

The Friends of VCU Libraries annual design contest is open! Current VCU students and alumni of the last five years (2016 — 2020) are invited to submit designs by March 28. The design prompt is “What is your interpretation of VCU Libraries? The creator of the winning design will receive a $500 prize sponsored by […]

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 Pickup service. VCU Libraries has limited building access to protect the health and safety of our communities. If you are a Friend of VCU Libraries […]

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 […]

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