Virginia Commonwealth University

Make it real.

Inside the Collection

VCU Libraries: Inside the Collection.

Our Collections

Newest Posts

  • Equal Suffrage League 1915

    Suffrage Centennial: VCU Libraries offers resources to explore online

    August 26, 2020 will mark the centenary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote in state and federal elections in the United States. As the nation celebrates this expansion of suffrage, VCU Libraries is sharing items from its collections of women’s history materials held in Special Collections and Archives and additional […]

    Read More

  • Logo for Islandora software

    Digital Collections moves to a new software platform

    VCU Libraries’ Digital Collections are now housed on a new platfom. After nearly 15 years using one software, the libraries is now using Islandora. Check it out at After: digital collections in Islandora Why Islandora? Islandora is emerging as an industry standard for digital library repositories. It is open-source software that supports modern library technologies and new and […]

    Read More

  • tomato_Soup

    American Consumer Culture combines three vivid collections

    Find It American Consumer Culture combines three vivid collections of documents: Market Research & American Business, 1935-1965, Trade Catalogues and the American Home, and J. Walter Thompson: Advertising America. Together, these galleries are a powerful set of sources for studying the history of consumer culture in the twentieth century – from research into consumer habits to the products produced and the advertising process […]

    Read More

  • Lightbulb

    Business Insights Global: Powerful search, broad resource

    Find It Business Insights Global can assist business students research, analyze, interpret and understand today’s complex industries. The comprehensive content and powerful analytical tools available in this database enables the researcher to understand the increasing global nature of today’s business world. This new database is easy to use and comes with powerful search capabilities. Interactive […]

    Read More

  • BDL_hand-bag

    Bloomsbury Design Library: Research and learning tools

    Find It  VCU Libraries has access to Bloomsbury Design Library, which offers cross-searchable access to a broad and expanding range of encyclopedias, reference works, e-books, images and more covering the global history, theory and practice of crafts and design. This platform facilitates a few ways to identify relevant information. Explore content by Period, Place, People, Disciplines or […]

    Read More

  • LibraryStack, Promise No Promises podcast

    Library Stack: Online digital arts publications

    Find It VCU Libraries has access to Library Stack, an online archive of digital arts publications from the fields of contemporary art, graphic design, architecture, film, and philosophy. Library Stack draws from diverse global platforms and has a particular focus on hybrid works. Content is available in a variety of formats including: Text e.g. essays, […]

    Read More

  • Mulatto-Playbill

    Black Drama: Full text plays by black playwrights from around the world

    Find it  VCU Libraries offers access to the Black Drama play collection from Alexander Street Press which contains the full text of thousands of plays written from the mid-1800s to the present. It includes published and previously unpublished works from North America, Africa, the Caribbean and other African diaspora countries. It features hard-to-find plays by celebrated […]

    Read More

  • Digital Theatre+, Othello performance video still

    Digital Theatre+: Contemporary theater performance video

    Find It  VCU Libraries has a subscription to Digital Theatre+, a platform for the performing arts providing students with access to full-length productions, interviews, texts, rehearsals and other educational resources. Digital Theatre+ features productions from The Broadway Digital Archive, The Royal Shakespeare Company, LA Theatre Works, The BBC, Stage Russia and many more. In addition to […]

    Read More

  • InfoSystems

    JSTOR Security Studies

    Find It JSTOR Security Studies gathers academic and policy research on international and national security problems and foreign policy issues, encompassing perspectives from around the world. It explores a wide range of journals, ebooks and research reports in the field of security studies. This content looks at security studies through a broad lens, encompassing research on international security and peace and conflict studies from all corners of the […]

    Read More

  • world_politics

    World Politics Review

    Find It World Politics Review (WPR) provides analysis of international political trends and comprehensive, detailed and global perspectives. It covers topics of key relevance including foreign policy, international politics and foreign affairs.  Subjects covered: Aid and Development International Law Political Theory Public Diplomacy and Propaganda Human Rights and War and Conflict WPR provides daily political analyses […]

    Read More

  • Vess_Considering Comics

    Art history grad student creates ‘Considering Comics’ online exhibit

    Explore the exhibit “Considering Comics” is a new VCU Libraries online gallery exhibit. The exhibit was created by Veronica Parker, Art History Master’s candidate, who fulfilled a 2019 internship with the James Branch Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives. The exhibit may well inspire others interested in studying or making comics. The art historian turned […]

    Read More

  • Virginia Civil Rights Memorial

    Oral histories of civil rights committee reveal students’ beliefs, fears and activism

    Find It Newly available from Special Collections and Archives are nine oral histories about VCU students in the Civil Rights movement. Video files of the interview are available online. The Virginia Student Civil Rights Committee (VSCRC) was a short-lived, integrated civil rights organization, whose membership included students from colleges across Virginia. In 2015 and 2016, nine members of the […]

    Read More

  • Social Welfare projects and partners grow in 2018-19

    The Social Welfare History Project continues to serve the public as both an educational resource and a portal for reference questions related to the site’s materials.  More than 1.5 million visits to the project were recorded, most of which occurred during the school year. Undergraduates, public school students and researchers accessed hundreds of different articles. The […]

    Read More

  • Films on Demand

    Films on Demand: Course-relevant streaming videos

    Find It VCU Libraries has a subscription to Films on Demand Master Academic Collection. Films on Demand’s streaming videos include documentaries from places such as the BBC and PBS as well as instructional videos. The videos are divided into subject sets (such as mathematics, biology, physical sciences), and they can also be found via a […]

    Read More

  • Rainbow Flag consists of six stripes, with the colours red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet

    New LGBTQ manuscript collections available for researchers

    Thanks to the work and dedication of talented summer intern Jon Faulconer, two manuscript collections documenting stories of the LGBTQ community in Richmond are now open and available for research. This work strategically aligns resources in support of VCU’s new LGBTQ Studies hiring initiative. The Betsy Brinson collection of AIDS epidemic exhibit materials includes seven oral […]

    Read More

We buy it so you don't have to.

Let us know what you want to see in VCU Libraries' collection.