The Edgar Shannon Library

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A bright room with chairs and an information desk
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160 McCormick Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22904


UVA's main library building, Shannon Library (formerly "Alderman Library"), underwent a major renovation from 2020-2024, and reopened on January 8, 2024. The beautifully renovated building brings the library up to current standards of safety, accessibility, and service. A new entrance makes the building easily reachable from the growing northern corridor along University Avenue, and a larger south entrance makes the space easier to access from Grounds. The building offers better layout and natural light, including in two new study courts, for members of the University community as they study, research, and socialize. Improved wayfinding (using signage and other design elements) makes the building more intuitive for visitors, and better facilities support the ongoing conservation and preservation of the Library’s large and growing print collection.

Much-loved features such as the McGregor (“Harry Potter”) Room remain — they’ve been renovated and optimized for comfort and character, preserving the essential elements of their unique identity. The building contains more than 1,400 seats for research and study.

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Three examples of study spaces in Main
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Reservable study spaces

There are 8 study rooms in this building, each with a table and wall-mounted monitor. See availability and make a reservation.

Tech spaces

The Scholars' Lab and makerspace is open to all members of the UVA population.

Other spaces

The seminar room can be used for classes and special events. Read more about reservable spaces at the Library.