New this Fall—Changes at the U.Va. Library

Welcome back to the University of Virginia Library! We look forward to helping you find and use the information you need, sharing our expertise on scholarship and research methods, and providing environments for individual study, intellectual exchange, and group collaboration.

Our vast collections continue to grow—in the last year we added over 200,000 volumes to our physical collection, digitized nearly 38,000 titles, and provided access to thousands more electronic journals. We also make available a plethora of other materials, like data sets, streaming video, and digital images, which are equally needed by today’s scholars. For items we don’t have in our local collection, interlibrary loan can get almost anything you might need, and faculty members love our LEO delivery service.

You’ll notice some changes to our spaces—Brown Science and Engineering Library has a wonderful new collaboration and study space on the mezzanine floor, and the media classroom on the 4th floor of Clemons Library is getting a facelift—including new carpet, paint, and more comfortable chairs. You may also notice new, much larger fish in one of the Clemons fishtanks.

Other improvements include a major HVAC upgrade in the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library, and a terrific new interactive display table in the Declaration of Independence Gallery located in the lower level of the building. The table will allow visitors to explore and manipulate documents and images associated with the Declaration. In addition, Special Collections has new hours that will provide valuable extended evening access to researchers. In Alderman, we’ve renovated the single-stall restroom on 5 West and designated it gender neutral. That restroom is now for anyone, regardless of gender identity. Also in Alderman, which is showing its age after more than 75 years, plans remain underway for a major renovation. And regular users of the Physics, Music, and Chemistry libraries will be happy to know that upgrades to printing services in those libraries should make the process much easier.

We’ve made some organizational changes this summer to better serve the changing research, teaching, and learning priorities of the University. These changes will improve our support for interdisciplinary areas, such as data sciences and digital scholarship, and create more opportunity for librarians to collaborate with faculty and students. We’ll be better able to support new curricular needs, especially those aimed at developing new research skills such as digital literacy. These changes will also will help us offer more consistent information services across our libraries, improve our web services, explore new publishing models, and allow us to make progress on the vital area of digital preservation.

We’ve recently completed analysis of our 2015 User Survey and posted the results. Overall satisfaction is high, but of course there’s room for improvement and we’ll use the survey feedback to inform our path forward. If you’re interested in what students and faculty had to say about us, visit our Surveys and Reports page, or check out this infographic summarizing some highlights of the survey results.

As always, if you have any questions about how to use the Library, or want help with a question, a project, or a class, please reach out to us. It’s your Library, and we’re here to help. And don’t forget to check back in on this blog—we’ll be updating regularly, highlighting the Library in the news and featuring staff accomplishments and Library resources.

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