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Libraries

The UVA Library has 10 facilities and also shares its catalog with the Darden, Health Sciences, and Law libraries. In addition to extensive collections and varied spaces for research and study, the Library offers knowledgeable and dedicated staff, digital resources, specialized labs, and other services to help faculty in their academic work.

The Faculty Services page on the Library site provides a conveniently organized overview of Library services commonly used by faculty. It also links to the Library’s orientation guide for new faculty.

Alderman Library is undergoing a major renovation that will see the building close completely in May of 2020, with an expected reopening by spring of 2023. In the fall of 2019, materials will begin to leave the building and construction activity will start on a small scale. Materials in Alderman will be moved to their temporary locations in either Clemons Library or Ivy Stacks by December 2019, and preliminary construction work will begin in the stacks in January 2020. Service will remain consistent, but any changes will be noted on the Library website and with signage in Alderman Library. Other useful information can be found on the renovation FAQ page

Virgo, the Library’s catalog, allows researchers to discover items within the Library’s expansive collection including millions of books, journals (articles), manuscripts, videos, maps, datasets, and much more. Many items are fully available online. Virgo also includes digital collections such as the HathiTrust Digital Library.

The Library’s LEO delivery service delivers library material for personal research use to departmental offices or a Library circulation desk. Delivered library material includes physical items retrieved from a UVA Library or via Interlibrary Loan. PDF scans of articles or book chapters can also be requested and are delivered electronically.

The Library's Research Data Services (RDS) are available to researchers across disciplines. Data professionals provide consultation and training in acquiring, collecting, wrangling, analyzing, visualizing, sharing, and preserving research data. In addition to hosting a workshop series and graduate fellowships, RDS works with faculty one-on-one to support data science and quantitative research, reproducible technologies and workflows, and open data to enable long-term discovery and use.

Libra is the University's scholarly repository. Libra makes UVA scholarship available to the world and provides safe and secure storage for the scholarly output of the UVA community. It is an Open Access repository—anyone can search, view, and download content. Any employee of the University who produces scholarly work may deposit items in Libra. LibraOpen is for scholarly articles, books, and other creative works. LibraData accepts datasets and other scholarly materials, and LibraETD is the Library’s collection of the electronic copies of record of UVA student theses and dissertations. For questions, contact libra@virginia.edu.

The Robertson Media Center, on the 3rd floor of Clemons Library, has a team of knowledgeable media professionals available for consultation on projects involving media and technologies. These areas include digital imaging, audiovisual production and post-production, physical interactivity, 2D/3D animation, and mobile technologies, as well as visualization and delivery of media content.

The Scholars' Lab is the Library's community lab for the practice of experimental scholarship in all fields, informed by digital humanities, spatial technologies, and cultural heritage thinking. Our expert staff offer mentoring, consultations, and a safe and supportive community experience for faculty and students curious about digital project creation, mapping, 3D modeling and scanning, and virtual reality environments. We host workshops and lectures, and run a makerspace for making as a research and teaching method. Open to collaborations with all, we offer particular support to emerging scholar-practitioners through student fellowships, internships, and other opportunities. During the spring of 2020 the Scholars’ Lab will transition to the 3rd floor of Clemons Library, where it will reside while Alderman Library is being renovated.

Liaison librarians link faculty and students to the Library, and work to enhance their research experience. Each academic department and many interdisciplinary programs have an assigned liaison to provide research support. Liaisons offer research consultations and can work with faculty to provide course-integrated instruction in a variety of forms. Liaisons can also connect faculty to expertise and resources throughout the Library.

The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library holds more than 17 million objects including books, manuscripts, archives, maps, broadsides, photographs, audio and video recordings and more. Among the many instructional opportunities offered, the most popular are class visits to view materials selected by faculty or staff, student research assignments in the reading room, and exhibition tours. Please contact Special Collections with instructional or research needs.

Aperio is the University’s open access press and a joint venture of the Library and the UVA Press. Aperio increases open access to knowledge for a global audience in a variety of formats—journals, monographs, open educational resources, etc. The Library directs the journal program and publishes discipline-leading, high-quality open access journals that are freely and immediately available online. By removing price and permission barriers for readers everywhere we increase the dissemination, visibility, accessibility, and impact of research and scholarship across the disciplines.

The Library is open to all, and all are welcome.