Services for Staff

Reading for Fun

Love mysteries, science fiction, or bestsellers? Boatwright Library has a Recreational Reading Collection on the 1st floor for staff, faculty, and students.

Movies and Audiobooks

Want to view a movie? Need something to listen to on a long car trip? Movies are available on DVD and via streaming services. Audiobooks can be downloaded from the library catalog.


Parsons Music Library provides staff, faculty, and students with a wide selection of music available in CD format. There is also a great selection of DVD performances, musicals, and documentaries for the music lover in you.

Borrowing Books, Movies, and Music

Your valid University of Richmond ID is also your library card. Books and music check out for 28 days and movies for seven days. Overdue notices will be sent to staff via email after the loan period expires and then staff may renew materials online through the library catalog or return them to the library. Please note that materials must be renewed in a timely manner or the computer system will revert items to “lost status” and they will appear unavailable to other users.

Family Borrowing Privileges

Staff family members may borrow library items with their own UR ID card. Spouses and dependent children (ages 12–23) may have an individual ID made at the OneCard Office in the Heilman Dining Center. Materials are loaned for a 28-day period.

Children’s Book Collection

Whether you are helping a child with homework or simply looking for a good bedtime story, Boatwright Library has an extensive collection of children’s books covering a wide range of reading interests and age levels. This collection is located in the PZ call number area on Basement Level 2 (B2). The library catalog can help you find specific titles and authors.

Computer Access

All UR staff can access library computers by entering your NETID and password.

Electronic Resources

The library subscribes to over 400 databases covering information on a wide variety of topics. Connect to the library’s website and search Databases on the top search tab.

You can access these resources from work or from off- campus by entering your NETID and password.

Popular Magazines and Newspapers

A collection of popular magazines (Time, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, etc.) as well as national and international newspapers are available for browsing in the library.

Government Information

Boatwright Librarians will assist staff in locating government information through the library catalog and through government websites, such as Government information covers a wide variety of information including health issues, consumer safety, tax information, voting rights, and much more.

Rare Books and Special Collections

The Galvin Rare Book Room and Specials Collections houses an eclectic an diverse collection of historical materials for use by students, faculty, staff, scholars and the general public. Located on level B-1, the Rare Book Room houses some 20,000 books, broadsides, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, music scores, facsimiles, and photographs, including manuscript and print materials dating from 1470 to the present. Areas of particular strength include: Richmond and Virginia history; the Civil War; historic children’s literature; travel and exploration works, historic cookbooks and domestic guides, and the history of the book.