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Libraries

The UVA Library has 13 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.

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 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. Libra Open is for scholarly articles, books, and other creative works. Libra Data accepts datasets and other scholarly data, and Libra ETD 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 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, mobile technologies, as well as visualization and delivery of media content.

At the Scholars Lab, advanced students and researchers across the disciplines partner on digital projects and benefit from expert consultation and teaching. The lab’s highly-trained faculty and staff focus on the digital humanities, geospatial information, and scholarly making and building at the intersection of the digital and physical worlds. The Scholars’ Lab hosts workshops and a lecture series and supports emerging scholar-practitioners through Graduate Fellowships in Digital Humanities and UVA’s innovative Praxis Program.

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 to incorporate information literacy concepts into a planned course. Liaisons can also connect faculty to expertise and resources throughout the Library.

The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library holds more than 16 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.

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