Graduate Services

The Library offers a range of services (and workshops too!) to help graduate students with research, class instruction, publication, and teaching. Learn more below, and remember to Ask a Librarian if you have any questions!

Read about Fellowship opportunities from the Harrison Institute, Nau Center, and Scholars' Lab.

How we can help

Request an item

Struggling to find a particular item or format? The Library offers access to a wide range of research materials.


Whether you're finishing your dissertation or beginning to explore a topic, these Library resources can help.


The Library can help with teaching, class materials, and technical challenges in the classroom and beyond.


Librarians specialize in a wide variety of subjects and can help connect you to resources you need most.


Graduate students have access to a few specialty areas for study research.


Request an item

  • Request an Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

    Students and faculty who need materials not owned by the UVA Library can have them borrowed from another library. 

    Borrow through ILL >
  • Request scanning or digitization

    PDF documents or high-resolution images of Library materials can be scanned for instruction and research. 

    Request now >
  • Sign up for LEO delivery

    Faculty and graduate students can use the LEO service for delivery of library material for personal research use to departmental offices and Library locations.

    Learn more about LEO delivery >
  • Recommend a purchase

    Ask the Library to purchase books, videos, etc. to add to the Library collection; instructors may request the purchase of items for student course reserves.

    Recommend a purchase >
  • Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) Cooperative Borrowing Program

    Students may use their UVA ID to borrow materials on-site at participating libraries.

    Learn more >


  • Contact a subject specialist to ask for a research consultation

    Subject Liaisons are the Library’s advisers to the academic departments. They are available to answer questions about library resources and assist with in-depth research.

    Meet specialists >
  • Contact a data expert

    Experts are available to assist UVA instructors and researchers at all levels in finding, compiling, and using data and related resources.

    Learn more >
  • Get a consultation on digital humanities projects

    Scholars’ Lab can advise on digital project creation, 3D data collection and modeling, scholarly making, and geospatial analysis. 

    Learn more >
  • Utilize audio/video equipment and expertise

    Support for instruction, research, and creativity, from the Robertson Media Center.

    Learn more >
  • Browse subject guides

    A wide range of topics, available to students and instructors alike.

    View list >


  • Place course materials on Reserve

    Place books and videos on reserve in a library or have chapters and articles scanned for instructional use.

    Reserve materials >
  • Request course-related Library instruction

    Subject librarian liaisons will arrange instruction for individual classes.

    Request class instruction >
  • Consult the Center for Teaching Excellence

    Resources intended to enhance teaching and learning at all levels and in all disciplines.

    Visit the CTE >
  • Citation tools

    Links to style guides and citation management software to help with proper citations.

    Manage citations >


  • FAQs on submitting dissertations and theses to Libra

    Start here before uploading your dissertation or thesis.

    Read more >
  • Copyright resources

    Information about copyright law, fair use, intellectual property, and related issues. 

    Learn more >
  • Libra: Online archive of University of Virginia scholarship

    UVA’s set of open repositories, ensuring secure storage of UVA scholarship, including dissertations and theses.

    Learn more >
  • Aperio

    UVA’s peer-reviewed, open access press is accepting proposals for new journals and transfers of existing journals, as well as proposals for monographs, textbooks, and open educational resources.

    Learn more >
  • ORCID iD

    ORCID iDs are unique, lifelong researcher identifiers, used worldwide,retained even when moving between institutions. UVA Library has built the UVA-ORCID Connector service, which connects and verifies author UVA affiliation for publications when shared and cited. 

    Learn more >


Two desks side-by-side in the stacks with shelving space and a small window on either side

Apply for a study carrel

Graduate students may apply for a study carrel or reserved Library shelf.

Apply now >

Find study spaces

Find study spaces and reservable rooms.

See Library maps >
Reserve rooms >