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VCU Libraries is committed to transparency and the health and safety of students, employees and the community. This page will provide updates about Libraries space closures or service changes due to confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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March 3, 2021

On Wednesday, March 3 at 11 a.m. VCU Libraries received notification that a person with a possible case of COVID-19 was in the Cabell Library Starbucks on Tuesday, March 2 around 1 p.m. All Starbucks surfaces are disinfected routinely and there are not currently any space closures.


March 1, 2021

On Monday, March 1 at around 3 p.m. VCU Libraries received notification that a person with a possible case of COVID-19 was in Cabell Library on Sunday, February 28 between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in a booth on the second floor around a stairwell near Starbucks. All surfaces have since been disinfected multiple times and there are no active space closures at this time.


February 25, 2021

On Thursday, February 25 at 10:42 a.m. VCU Libraries received notification that a person with a possible case of COVID-19 was in the IT Support Center in Cabell Library's lower level on Wednesday, February 24. The space has been cleaned and disinfected and is once again open.


February 25, 2021

On Thursday, February 25 at 9:59 a.m. VCU Libraries received notification that a person with a possible case of COVID-19 was in Cabell Study Room 240F yesterday, February 24, between 11am and 5pm. The room has been closed, cleaning is being scheduled, and it should be reopened later today.


February 23, 2021

On Tuesday, February 23 at 5:27 p.m. VCU Libraries received notification that a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 was in a study room on the fourth floor of Cabell library some time today. All study rooms on Cabell Library's fourth floor are currently closed for cleaning and disinfecting and expect to open again for use by 10 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24.


February 15, 2021

On Monday, February 15 at 4:30 p.m. VCU Libraries received notification that a person with a possible case of COVID-19 used the printer stations on either the first floor or lower level of Cabell Library. All printers, scanners, and copiers in Cabell Library have already been disinfected, and the surfaces around them disinfected twice today based on housekeeping's regular schedule.


February 9, 2021

On Tuesday, February 9 at 4:55 p.m. VCU Libraries received notification that a person with a possible case of COVID-19 was in the Graduate and Faculty Research Center in Cabell Library between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. yesterday, Monday February 8. The area was cleared and disinfected and is now reopen.

January 28, 2021

On Thursday, January 28 at 12:30 p.m. VCU Libraries received notification that a person with a possible case of COVID-19 was in a study booth in Cabell's lower level at the bottom of the stairs on Wednesday, January 27, around 3 p.m. All booths on Cabell's lower level have been disinfected and cleaning was complete by 1 p.m. today.


January 27, 2021

On Wednesday, January 27 at 9:50 a.m. VCU Libraries received notification that there were two people with possible COVID-19 cases in Cabell Library yesterday, January 26, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 

One was in Starbucks and because Starbucks routinely disinfects their space, the area had already been disinfected by the time VCU Libraries was notified.

The other was in a second floor study room in the 220 area. All study rooms in this area were disinfected. All cleaning was complete by noon today and the spaces have been reopened. 


January 11, 2021

On Monday, January 11 at 1 p.m. VCU Libraries received notification of a possible COVID-19 exposure on the second floor of Cabell Library, in the seating area overlooking the Compass. A large area of the second floor overlooking the Compass and the walkway between Hibbs and Cabell has already been blocked off and disinfected and is now reopened for use.


December 7, 2020

On Monday, December 7 at 11 a.m. VCU Libraries received notification of a possible COVID-19 exposure in the lower level of Cabell Library, in a Media Support Services staff area. The person who may have COVID-19 was present on site this morning in room B35, a staff-only space. Facilities Management has worked with Technology Services to close the appropriate portions of the spaces. They will be cleaned and disinfected, and will be available again tomorrow morning, Tuesday December 8, by 7 a.m.


December 3, 2020

On Thursday, December 3 at 5:50 p.m., VCU Libraries received notification that a person with a possible case of COVID-19 was in the glassed-in seating area outside of Cabell Library Starbucks around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2. The area of was cleared immediately and disinfected within 15 minutes of receipt of the information and is now available for use.


November 20, 2020

On Friday, November 20 at 4 p.m., VCU Libraries received notification that a person with a possible case of COVID-19 was in the glass atrium seating area outside of Cabell Library Starbucks at 10 a.m. today. The area has been cleaned and disinfected multiple times since then, both as part of the regular disinfecting and cleaning schedule as well as additional cleaning since VCU Libraries received notification. The area is currently open and available for use.


November 17, 2020

On Tuesday, November 17 at 12:15 p.m., VCU Libraries received notification that an individual with a possible case of COVID-19 was on Cabell Library's first floor Monday, November 16, around noon. All surfaces in Cabell Library are wiped down with disinfectant twice per day and students are asked to wipe down their work areas before and after use.


November 11, 2020

On Wednesday, November 11 at 4:30 p.m., VCU Libraries received notification that an individual with a possible case of COVID-19 was on Cabell Library's second floor yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, November 10. All affected surfaces have been disinfected multiple times since and are currently available for use.


October 27, 2020

On Tuesday, October 27 at 4:50 p.m., VCU Libraries received notification that a person with a possible case of COVID-19 was in one of the group study rooms on Cabell Library's second floor. The person was in the space sometime on Monday, October 26. All group study rooms have been thoroughly disinfected multiple times since, per the Libraries' normal disinfecting schedule, and all available group study rooms are open for use.


October 23, 2020

On Friday, October 23 at 10:30 a.m., VCU Libraries received notification that a person with a possible case of COVID-19 was in B-35, a space in Cabell's lower level occupied only by Technology Services Media Support Services staff. The person was in the space on Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 22. The space was immediately cleaned and disinfected and was available for use by Media Support Services employees as of 11 a.m. this morning.


October 16, 2020

On Friday, October 16 at 11:35 a.m., VCU Libraries received notification that a probable case of COVID-19 had been traced back to the fourth floor of Cabell Library, sometime on Thursday, October 15. All surfaces on the fourth floor have been disinfected by Facilities Management and are open for use. A reminder to all users of VCU Libraries that they are expected to wipe down their spaces and surfaces themselves before and after use.


October 13, 2020

On Tuesday, October 13 at 11 a.m., VCU Libraries received notification that a probable case of COVID-19 had been traced back to a study room on the 4th floor, room 400K, sometime in the last 24 hours. The study room is currently blocked off for cleaning and will be reopened once disinfected.


October 12, 2020

On Monday, October 12 at 10:40 a.m., VCU Libraries received notification that a probable case of COVID-19 had been traced back to one of the tables on the north side of the third floor of Cabell Library, on the new side of the building facing Hibbs, sometime on Sunday, October 11. All of the tables in that area are currently blocked off for cleaning and will be reopened once disinfected.


October 9, 2020

On Friday, October 9 at 6 p.m., VCU Libraries received notification that a probable case of COVID-19 had been traced back to the Faculty and Graduate Student Commons on the fourth floor of Cabell Library, on Friday, October 9 sometime between 10 a.m. and noon. The space was cleaned and disinfected Friday evening and is open for use.


October 9, 2020

On Friday, October 9 at 10:15 a.m., VCU Libraries received notification that a probable case of COVID-19 had been traced back to a booth on the second floor of Cabell Library, sometime on Wednesday, October 7. All booths on the second floor have been cleaned and disinfected and are open for use.


October 7, 2020

Areas of the lower level of Cabell Library are temporarily closed due to a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19. On Wednesday, October 7 at 3:30 p.m., VCU Libraries received notification that a probable case of COVID-19 had been traced back to Cabell B35 open office area, Cabell B35-B and the men's lower level restroom B-34 sometime on Tuesday, October 6. The areas are currently closed for cleaning and will reopen once disinfected.


October 7, 2020

The printer corral on the first floor was temporarily closed due to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 infection. On Wednesday, October 7, VCU Libraries received notification that a probable case of COVID-19 had been traced back to the printer area on the first floor near Starbucks on Tuesday, October 6 around 2 p.mPer our usual protocols, all of the printers, copiers, scanners, and equipment in that area were blocked off and disinfected by Cabell Library Facilities. In addition, housekeeping disinfected the surfaces and equipment again this afternoon. The area is reopened as of 1:30 p.m. today.


October 1, 2020

An area of the second floor of Cabell Library is temporarily closed due to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 infection. At 6:20 p.m today, VCU Libraries received notification that a probable case of COVID-19 had been traced back to a booth on the second floor of Cabell Library around 6 p.m. Thursday, September 30. Booths on the second floor are currently closed for cleaning and will reopen once disinfected.


September 30, 2020

An area of the second floor of Cabell Library is temporarily closed due to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 infection. At 11:48 a.m today, VCU Libraries received notification that a probable case of COVID-19 had been traced back to the student study area in the southwest corner of the old section of Cabell Library on the second floor. The area from Room 235B to the furniture corral is currently closed for cleaning and will be reopened once disinfected.


September 29, 2020

Some spaces within Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives are temporarily closed due to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 infection. At 4:14 p.m today, VCU Libraries received notification that a probable case of COVID-19 had been traced back to the reception room, reading room, and/or conference room of Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, September 25. All of these spaces are currently blocked off and will be disinfected.


September 18, 2020

A portion of study space on the lower level of Cabell Library is temporarily closed due to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 infection. At 3:35 p.m today, VCU Libraries received notification that a student with a probable case of COVID-19 had been in this area Thursday, 9/17 within the last 24 hours. They were on the lower level, in a booth outside the Workshop, near the elevator. The area is currently blocked off and will be disinfected.


September 15, 2020

A portion of study space on the third floor of Cabell Library is temporarily closed due to a reported case of COVID-19 infection. At 2:20 p.m. today, VCU Libraries received notification that a student with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 had been in this area Monday, 9/14 between 6:30 and 10 p.m. They were on the third floor, in seating facing the Cathedral. The are is currently blocked off and will be disinfected.


September 9, 2020

A possible COVID-19 case has been traced to Cabell Library's Starbucks yesterday (Tuesday, 9/8) sometime between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 

Starbucks had already been cleaned and disinfected overnight to the specified standards for COVID-19 exposures by the time the contact tracing process was complete this afternoon. Since it is a food service area, it receives this level of disinfection regularly. Therefore, no closures or additional cleanings are necessary.


August 26, 2020

A portion of study space on the third floor of Cabell Library was temporarily closed due to a reported case of COVID-19 infection. Seating along the south side of the building facing Floyd Avenue and the west side of the street facing Linden Avenue was blocked off and has been disinfected. 

At 9:30 p.m. on August 26, VCU Libraries received notification from the Facilities Management Team that a student with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 studied in this area within the previous 24 hours.

To reduce risk of infection, the university will disinfect the above-noted location[s] with EPA-approved cleaners effective against COVID-19 prior to reopening the space. VCU is following guidance from the CDC, EPA and OSHA regarding isolation, cleaning, disinfection and the protection of students, employees and the public. For more information about VCU’s cleaning and disinfecting procedures, visit https://fmd.vcu.edu/covid-19-resources/cleaning-disinfecting/

If you were in an affected area listed above within 24 hours of the noted case, we encourage you to monitor yourself daily for symptoms. Students and employees who develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or who test positive for COVID-19, must inform Student Health Services or Employee Health by contacting the call center at 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843.

For updates on overall VCU COVID-19 cases, visit the VCU COVID-19 dashboard.
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