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  • New furniture freshens spaces for student study

    Work goes on in the renovation of the first floor of Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. The space will have high-top tables in the cafe space, a trimmed down service desk, a large circular booth (moved down from the second floor) and much more. Furnishings have been selected to meet diverse student needs for […]

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  • Carpet installation in full swing

    By the end of today, it’s likely that first-floor public spaces will be outfitted with new carpet. Next up: Furniture.

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  • Red accents enliven study space

    Brash red accents enliven renewed first-floor study spaces at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. Geometric designs in the new carpet and some accent walls are lipstick red. Work continues during winter break to update interiors.

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  • Special Collections Reading Room spruce up

    The first-floor Special Collections and Archives Reading Room at Tompkins-McCaw Library is getting new paint and carpet.

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  • Fresh, new conference room

    Progress is fast in Tompkins-McCaw’s winter facelift. The first floor conference room has fresh paint and carpet and a whole new look without the dark blue accent wall.

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  • Construction Update for Dec. 19

    The old service desk was removed over the weekend. We have a temporary desk set up by the main entrance and our other floors remain open. Removal of old furniture continues today, along with work on the new carpet and paint.

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  • Construction on Tompkins-McCaw first floor begins Dec. 16

    Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences is getting a facelift. The first floor will get new carpet, furniture and a new information service desk. Construction is scheduled to start Dec. 16 with the most disruptive work taking place over the winter break to minimize inconvenience to faculty, staff and students. But, be prepared for noise […]

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  • In the News: Coverage of New Cabell

    A round up of news coverage tied to the grand opening and construction finale at James Branch Cabell Library. Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star/Capital News Service VCU library: VCU unveils renovated library (March 17, 2016) ABC 8 News VCU unveils $50.8 million library renovation (March 16, 2016) Commonwealth Times VCU celebrates $50.8 million completion of renovated Cabell Library (March 16, 2016)  WAVY 10/Capital […]

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  • Silent and quiet rules refined at Cabell Library; 175 new silent study seats now available

    Patrons are still hearing more noise in James Branch Cabell Library than some would like and library leaders are responding to those concerns by revising expectations about which spaces are “silent” and “quiet.” Months of loud construction are over. Finishing work continues. Starbucks’ renovations will not be complete until April. Art is being installed in the […]

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  • Use main elevators to the helpIT desk on the lower level

    The helpIT Center, which is in high demand at the beginning of the semester, is located in Cabell Library. Construction of the new library included closing a stairwell that is now enclosed in the Startbucks building site. Now,tThe most direct route to helpIT, and other lower level services, is to take the main elevators in […]

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  • Cabell Library closed Jan. 15-19

    Cabell Library will close Friday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. and reopen Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 a.m. This is a change from a previously announced MLK Day closure, which has been extended due to construction-related work on the granite floors.

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  • Construction Finale: Be prepared for front desk move, demo, noise

    Work on new Cabell Library is edging to a close. To meet deadlines,some essential work will be done during the normally quiet exam period. Be prepared for noise–both behind construction walls and in public spaces. Quiet study spaces are on the third and fourth floors. Expect noise on the first and second floors. Remember: The […]

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  • Construction outside at Cabell

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  • Construction continues

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  • Rams studying in the new spaces

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