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

  • 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.

Alumni may also use all of the library’s databases on-site by visiting the libraries and requesting a one day computer guest account.

The Collegian is now online along with many other digital collections. You can search the Collegian archive on the Digital Collections website.

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; CD recordings; books about music; music journals; and multimedia CD-ROMs. Services include music reference, online searching, and photocopying.

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