The updated Virgo catalog can deliver what you need, when you need it

With customizable settings, high-quality results, and an easy-to-use interface that works on any device, Virgo is built to get you the resources you need, faster than ever.

Today we launched the latest update to the Virgo software — a substantial upgrade from previous versions. Notable features include:

  • Improved accuracy for search results.
  • Easy-to-use interface that’s fully functional on any size screen.
  • Ability to limit results by availability: “online” or “on shelf now”.
  • A personal account where you can…
    • Review requests and checkouts.
    • Organize bookmarks and share with collaborators.
    • Save searches for later review.
    • Set preferences for ongoing use of the Virgo system.

Reliable results, from anywhere

We’ve refined the results display to increase relevance and empower you to quickly assess results from any search.

After your initial search, you can filter by availability — for example, limiting to online items only — and browse resource types like books, images, musical scores, and more.

Searching, browsing, and filtering works from any device, wherever you are: home, dorm, office, or on the move.

Personalized searching

Need to come back later? You can save your searches to your account, and even share them with collaborators if you wish.

Your account also allows you to save and organize bookmarks, and set preferences for which resource types are presented highest in your results.

No problem too big, no question too small

Ask a Librarian web chat is ready to answer any questions, any time.

Visit the updated Virgo now.

Search results show 3 books, 319 articles, and a tab for Other. Filters are visible on left side, search box on top.

Screen shot of Virgo search for author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.

Coming soon: Virgo catalog search, better than ever

Next week we’ll be launching a new and improved version of Virgo, the Library’s online discovery catalog.

We’re thrilled to offer a new interface which includes:

  • Improved accuracy for search results.
  • Easy-to-use design that’s fully functional on any size screen.
  • The ability to limit results by availability: “online” or “on shelf now”.
  • A personal account where you can…
    • Review requests and checkouts.
    • Organize bookmarks and share with collaborators.
    • Save searches for later review.
    • Set preferences for ongoing use of the Virgo system.

Want a sneak peek? Check out to see a live demo. When the new system fully launches it will be discoverable at, and the existing interface will move to, where it will remain available through the fall semester.

Need to make a request? Visit!

As always, Ask a Librarian web chat is ready to answer any questions, any time.

“On These Grounds” Digital Initiative to Describe the History of Enslavement at Colleges and Universities Receives Funding From the Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Michigan State University (MSU) a grant of $550,000 to support the first phase of the “On These Grounds” project (, a digital initiative to describe the history of enslavement found in archival materials at colleges and universities. A collaboration of teams from Michigan State University, Georgetown University (GU), the University of Virginia (UVA), and the Omeka web publishing platform, “On These Grounds” will produce a freely available linked open data model that is robust enough to describe the lived experiences of the enslaved people who lived and labored in conjunction with higher educational institutions.

“Through this project, we intend to bring to the surface the aspects of enslaved lives that have been in our records but not visible because we haven’t centered these experiences in our descriptive work,” says Brenda Gunn, Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and Preservation at the University of Virginia Library, who will co-direct the project with Sharon Leon of MSU and Harriette Hemmasi of GU. “By linking records across repositories, we can show social, cultural, and familial relationships across time and geographical space. Being able to track these relationships can enrich scholarship as well as help descendants discover and learn more about their ancestors.”

Over the past two decades many institutions of higher education have begun to publicly examine and embrace their historical roles in the injustices and legacies of slavery. Despite the similarities of record types, information sources, and data elements, each institution is taking its own, often duplicative approach to its history. Producing a common, shared approach to documenting, describing, and organizing the data derived from the archival records relating these histories, “On These Grounds” will help expand researchers’ understanding of the lives and experiences of the enslaved across these institutional contexts, and extend the possibility of search and discovery across collections.

For more information, contact:

  • Brenda Gunn, Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and Preservation, University of Virginia Library |

Welcome, students!

We’re so glad to have you at UVA and want you to know the Library is here for you — no question is too big or too small.

This semester is a little different from usual, but here are some things you won’t want to miss:

  • Looking for something? Search Virgo!
    • The Virgo catalog holds millions of items for research, enlightenment, and entertainment! A huge body of material is available online, from the comfort of your home or dorm room.
  • Not sure what to do? Ask a Librarian!
    • Use online chat to Ask a Librarian anything that’s on your mind. Don’t be shy… we’ve heard it all!
  • Collections access, safely.
    • If you need an item that’s not available online, simply request it in Virgo and we’ll help connect you, safely socially distanced along the way.
  • Subscribe to Library news
    • We all know things are in flux this semester. The easiest way to stay up to date is to follow us on Twitter @UVALibrary and subscribe to Library news in your email. It’s the fastest way to know the latest about study spaces, browsing access, and more!
  • Zooming around the Library…

There’s so much more…

We can’t safely offer EVERYTHING right now, but we’re working on it!

We’re working on plans to safely offer more of our normal services, such as:

  • Room reservations for studying or group work.
  • (Free!) equipment rental, like VR headsets and video cameras.
  • Study spaces, big and small.
  • And lots more.

In the meantime, we’re here to help (it’s literally our job), and are so happy you’re at UVA!

New! The Library offers “LGBTQ+ Source,” the Definitive Database for LGBTQ+ Studies

It was fifty-one years ago, on June 28, 1969, that police raiding Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn met fierce resistance from the bar’s LGBTQ patrons, sparking the Gay Liberation movement and establishing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. Now, on June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court, in a landmark decision, has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees against discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

At this moment in history, learn more about how society’s views of LGBTQ culture and Gay rights have evolved over the last 50 years, how they haven’t, and why the struggle continues by visiting the Library’s new online resource LGBTQ+ Source — the definitive database for LBGTQ+ studies!

Go to the Database A-Z browsing list under “Research” on the Library homepage, log on to LGBTQ+ Source with NetBadge, and at the EBSCO search screen type keywords to get hits from a lot of different sources; or click the menu items “Publications,” “Thesaurus,” “Cited References,” “Images,” or “Indexes” the top of the page to narrow your search.

The LGBTQ+ Source database gives access to:

  • Thousands of articles in more than 140 full-text journals
  • Nearly 160 full-text books and reference materials
  • More than 260 abstracted and indexed journals
  • More than 350 abstracted and indexed books and reference works
  • An LGBTQ+ thesaurus containing nearly 10,000 terms

You’ll find both scholarly and popular LGBTQ+ publications in full text, including historically important primary source monographs, magazines, and newspapers.

Making a keyword search of the term “pronouns,” for instance, brings up an article, “This is What Non-Binary Looks Like” by Danielle Mustarde (“Diva,” March 2020, p.26-28), offering useful basic information on the lives of non-binary people, including rules for the correct use of pronouns.

“Non-binary people can use a range of pronouns, including the most common ones ‘he’ and ‘she’. However, they may be more likely to use gender-neutral pronouns such as the singular “they” and “their” to reflect that they don’t identify as either male or female. Other gender-neutral pronouns include ‘zie’ and ‘hir’, which are used less often and mostly online. If a person tells you they are non-binary, it is perfectly polite to ask them what pronouns they would like you to use, such as asking directly: ‘Excuse me, but which pronouns do you use?’ Once someone has let you know their pronouns, it is really important to try and get them right as much as possible.”

LGBTQ+ Source is just one of the online resources offered by the Library. Please check out our list of new online resources. It’s updated daily!

Announcing Contactless Pickup for Physical Collections

""Effective June 8, 2020, UVA Library will institute a new process to allow patrons to check out physical materials. At that time, we will begin accepting online retrieval requests for contactless pickup at Clemons Library. The service will be available to current UVA faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students only. At this time, we are unable to fulfill requests for materials from Health Sciences, Special Collections, and the Camp Library at Darden. Current periodicals, newspapers, and equipment are also unavailable through this service.

Read a basic step-by-step of the contactless pickup process or continue reading below for an introduction to the service. Details are subject to change as procedures and policies evolve in response to external developments.

Placing a Request

To make a request for contactless pickup, patrons should locate desired item(s) through the Virgo online catalog, and click the “Request LEO Delivery” button on the item’s catalog record. Library staff will retrieve the requested item and check it out to the patron’s account prior to pickup at Clemons Library. Patrons unable to retrieve items in person at Clemons will be able to indicate this on the request, and Library staff will contact the patron to make alternate arrangements.

Pickup hours will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between noon and 5 p.m. When an item is ready for pickup, patrons will receive an email notice that includes a link to schedule a one-hour pickup window. Patrons can come any time within their scheduled window to collect the material. Materials will be held for 10 days to allow for scheduling of the pickup appointment. Patrons who cannot make it to their scheduled appointment must email to reschedule.

Requests for multiple items can be packaged together, depending on the availability of desired items and the requested pickup time. Patrons may schedule a visit for each item requested, or wait to pick up multiple items at once in order to minimize exposure.

Pickup Process

Upon arrival at Clemons Library, patrons should go to the public entrance on the top floor. There, they will find instructions at the entrance to use the intercom next to the far-left door to request access to the vestibule. Patrons may also call the desk at 434-924-3684 using a mobile phone. Staff will then remotely unlock the door, allowing the patron to enter to collect their materials from the vestibule (the area between the two sets of doors at the entrance).

Items requested for pickup will be packed in a paper bag, labeled with the patron’s last name, and placed on shelves within the Clemons Library vestibule prior to the scheduled pickup appointment. When handling a patron’s paged materials, staff will wear face coverings and disposable gloves. By Virginia law, patrons picking up materials are required to wear a facial covering when entering the outer doors. Hand sanitizer will be available in the vestibule. At this time, Library staff are unable to permit patrons to enter the library beyond the vestibule.

A note about collections access and Interlibrary Loan

With limited access to borrowing materials from other libraries, we will be unable to send those in need of checked out materials to Interlibrary Loan for borrowing. Therefore, we request that borrowed items be returned when patrons are finished with them and particularly when they are recalled. All Library book return boxes are open across Grounds, including drive-up locations in the Central Grounds parking garage and at Ivy Stacks. Patrons may also return items by mail to:

Ivy Stacks
P.O. Box 400109
2450 Old Ivy Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Read a basic step-by-step of the contactless pickup process. Details are subject to change as the the situation evolves.  

New! Create and Host your Website with UVA Create

Using UVA Create, a new service offered by the Library through Reclaim Hosting, members of the University of Virginia community can build a low-cost digital presence for blogs, portfolios, wikis, and more.

Screen shot offering for a user to choose a domain or subdomainThe easy-to-use site allows you to register domains, administer accounts, install web applications (like WordPress, Omeka, Scalar, and more), and manage content. An account costs $15/year, and includes hosting, open source software, and support.

Stan Gunn, Executive Director for Library IT, remarks:

“I’m very pleased to bring this service to UVA. I’ve been using Reclaim Hosting with my students for over a year now. It’s exciting to see students with no previous programming experience set up their own domain and website and learn some basic coding skills in just a few weeks. I can’t wait to see the projects that the UVA community will build.”

Visit UVA Create to learn more >