Category: Community

Catching up with VCU Libraries’ Community Zooms

As the COVD-19 pandemic entered a second spring, VCU Libraries continued to use the Zoom platform to keep the Friends of VCU Libraries engaged. We have had more than 700 individual participants at these events and are so grateful to have found a way to stay connected. If you missed a program or want to revisit one that you […]

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 […]

Food for Fines project now year round

Beginning Monday, April 12, VCU Libraries will host an ongoing food drive to help stock Ram Pantry@VCU, which provides nutritious and culturally appropriate emergency food to VCU students.   In this case, generosity has an added benefit for people who owe overdue fines for library materials. Fees to repair damaged items or to replace lost items […]

Remembering Jack Hansan, creator of the Social Welfare History Project

March 29th was the 91st anniversary of the birth of John E. (Jack) Hansan, Ph.D. Thanks to Hansan, VCU Libraries boasts a robust collection of Social Welfare History resources reflecting his ingenuity, knowledge and dedication to the social work profession. The Social Welfare History Project was transferred to VCU Libraries in 2017. Since then the […]

Newly Named Spaces at Cabell Library

Thanks to the generosity of many donors in the closing days of the Make It Real Campaign, visitors will notice some newly named spaces at James Branch Cabell Library. The most visible is the second-floor collaborative study space overlooking Shafer Court. This space has been named by the James Branch Cabell Library Associates in recognition […]

The Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club to discuss “The Crisis of Zionism” on March 21st

You are invited to join the Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club on Sunday, March 21st at 2 pm via Zoom to discuss “The Crisis of Zionism” by Peter Beinart. The event is free and open to the public to attend, but you must RSVP to kjgotschalk@vcu.edu to receive the link for the online meeting.Published […]

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 […]

VCU Libraries Annual Fund grew in FY20

VCU Libraries grew membership in the Friends of VCU Libraries by 3 percent in fiscal year 2020 and enjoyed a revenue growth of 42 percent from fiscal year 2019. While membership growth lagged behind revenue growth, we finished the year strong despite entering into a pandemic and near shut down of development efforts for the […]

Corporate Sponsorships debut at VCU Libraries

In FY20, VCU Libraries began pursuing corporate sponsorships for events. The annual Friends of VCU Libraries provided wide appeal to area businesses and VCU Libraries raised $7,500 in corporate sponsorship in our first year. A diverse range of businesses stepped up to sponsor the sale. They were: Black Swan Books; Alli Taylor, Keller Williams Realty […]

VCU Health Hub at 25th hygiene supply drive

The VCU Health Hub at 25th will host a hygiene supply drive in partnership with the Richmond Public Library to benefit those experiencing financial hardship and housing insecurity. The drive will be held Oct. 28-Nov. 30 with collection boxes at James Branch Cabell Library, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Institute for Contemporary Art at […]