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Research consultations and classes

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We offer appointments for in-depth consultations to support the needs of researchers. Students, faculty, staff, scholars and community researchers are invited to contact an archivist or library specialist for personalized guidance on assignments, research or creative projects.

We teach a diverse range of classes and offer presentations that help faculty incorporate the use of archival, manuscript and special collections in research assignments and course work. Classes range from basic “how-to” sessions on using primary and secondary sources, to subject classes tailored to meet specific course objectives. Most classes offer students an exciting hands-on opportunity to examine rare and unique materials.

Scheduling sessions

Faculty are asked to schedule basic instruction sessions at least one week in advance. If you are designing an assignment or course that makes extensive use of our collections, please contact Andrea Kohashi at or (804) 827-3573 as soon as possible during the planning stage.

Research Guides

VCU Libraries' Research Guides contain useful information complied by library staff to help you with your research. 

Contact Us

Special Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library
or (804) 828-1108.

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-noon: by appointment. Noon-4pm: walk-in or appointment

Special Collections and Archives at the Health Sciences Library
or (804) 828-9898.

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-noon: by appointment. Noon-4pm: walk-in or appointment

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