Alumni Privileges

Boatwright Memorial Library houses materials for the humanities, social sciences, sciences, business, and leadership studies. The collections consist of books, journals, newspapers, government document information, various electronic databases, media resources and rare books/special collections. Parsons Music Library contains music scores and music CDs, in addition to books and videos about all types of music. Visit to find a full listing and description of all library resources and services. For further assistance, call the Information and Assistance Desk at 289-8876 or email

Resources and Locating Materials

Books and Borrowing Privileges for Alumni

Alumni are entitled to a free special borrower’s card and may check out ten items at a time for 28 days, with two renewals. Please apply for a card at the library’s Information and Assistance desk. You can check the library catalog from off campus at under Books & More. The catalog also includes music CDs, DVDs, recorded books, and government publications.

Access to Library Databases

The University Libraries and Alumni Office provide special off-campus online access to several databases listed below. To use these databases, log in to your alumni account at You can also register for an account by clicking the “New user registration” link on that page.  Please note it may take a few days for the Alumni Office to activate your account.

  • JSTOR – Alumni can access academic journals, e-books, and primary sources.
  • Sage Journals – Alumni can access all UR journals licensed through Sage.
  • CQ Press Library – Alumni can access CQ Almanac, CQ Researcher, CQ Magazine, Politics in America, and the Supreme Court Yearbook.
  • Adam Matthew Archival Collections – Alumni can access American History, 1493-1945; American Indian Histories and Culture; East India Company; Everyday Life & Women in America; Food and Drink in History; Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975; Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice; and the Virginia Company Archives.
  • Sage Business Cases – Alumni can access a collection of real-life examples of successes and failures in the global business world

Unfortunately, our license agreements prevent us from providing alumni with off-campus access to the full suite of the libraries’ databases. However, alumni may access most of the libraries’ databases by visiting in person. Bring your own device and access the databases using the wifi or request a one-day guest account to login to the desktop workstations.

The Collegian is now available freely online along with many other digital collections.

Contact Information and Quick Links

Ask a Librarian

Librarians are available to help you with your research needs. There are service desks in Boatwright Library and the Music Library. Call us at 289-8876 or Ask a Librarian.

Parsons Music Library

Materials available to alumni include music scores, CDs and DVDs, books about music and dance, and music journals (noncirculating). A photocopier and digital scanner are available. Services include music reference and onsite access to library databases.

Rare Books & Special Collections

Located within Boatwright Library, the Galvin Rare Book Room and Special Collections supports the educational mission of the University of Richmond by preserving and providing access to our diverse collection of materials for use by students, faculty, staff, scholars, alumni and the general public. 

Virginia Baptist Historical Society/University Archives

East Wing of Boatwright Library, 289-8434
University yearbooks and other archival materials are in the VBHS. 

Friends of the Library

The Friends of Boatwright Memorial Library organization strives to increase public awareness of the wide array of resources and services available through the library and to encourage generous giving in support of Boatwright Library. Membership in the Friends is open to all and includes check-out privileges for books and other materials; invitations to receptions, lectures, and special events; and reports and news of major library developments and activities. Additional information is available at