Community Patrons

Library Spaces and Materials

Visitors are welcome to Library buildings for research and study during regular operating hours. Different libraries hold different kinds of collections, and all have places to read and study. Clemons Library has some restrictions: it is closed to visitors between midnight and 8 a.m., and the Robertson Media Center (the third floor of Clemons) is designated for U.Va. students, faculty, and staff only.

The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library is open to the public. Researchers not affiliated with U.Va. have access to the collections upon filling out a brief form and showing a photo ID issued by a government agency or employer.

Reference assistance is available in Library buildings. Virginia residents 16 years of age and older can check out books using their Virginia driver’s license. If there are materials you want but we do not have, visit your local public library—they may have them or be able to request them through their interlibrary loan system.

Community patrons may check out CDs and other sound recordings from  the Music Library for a week.

Please note that use of videos and DVDs is limited to U.Va. students, faculty, and staff.

Alderman Library, as a federal depository library, makes government information in all formats available for use by anyone. The Library use policy applies.

Research Databases

The research databases the Library subscribes to are available from public computer terminals in Alderman, Charles L. Brown Science & Engineering Library, and Clemons. Please be aware that the number of these terminals is limited and priority is given to students doing research. If a machine is available, you can get a guest ID from the public service desk to log in.

You are encouraged to bring your own laptop or computing device. Wireless PINs are available from public service desks in Alderman, Brown Science & Engineering Library, and Clemons.

All patrons are expected to abide by our library use policy and database access policy

Programs and Exhibits

The Library’s exhibitions are free and open to the public. The Harrison/Small building has a major exhibit every year on the main floor, plus rotating exhibits of special collections materials downstairs. There are two permanent exhibitions in the building: the Declaration of Independence collection, featuring one of the original first copies of the Declaration, and the Flowerdew Hundred collection, which showcases Virginia archaeological finds from the Harrison family farm, Flowerdew Hundred.

Library programs are also open to the public and individual libraries host programs during community events such as the Festival of the Book and Garden Week. There are also Library programs during Reunions and Family Weekend.