The University of Virginia Library’s collections span formats, time, and disciplines. With millions of resources, the Library encourages, collaborates with, and supports University teaching and research initiatives while providing a gateway to scholarly discovery and cultural insights.

This page highlights resources, data, and materials in the “regular” collections. For information related to Special Collections and rare books and materials please visit the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

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Explore the myriad facets of the Library’s collections — from 17th-century newspapers to astronomical data:

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Read the University of Virginia Library Collection Development and Management Strategy for more information about Library collections policies. For information regarding book donations and gifts-in-kind, please read about the current gifts moratorium for circulating collections or see the gift guide for the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

Featured resource

Colonial Caribbean

Colonial Caribbean

Colonial Caribbean is a database that covers the history of territories under British colonial governance from 1624 to 1870. It includes administrative documentation, trade and shipping records, minutes of council meetings, as well as details of plantation life, colonial settlement, and imperial rivalries across the region. It is not possible to discuss the history of the colonial Caribbean without discussing slavery. Slavery permeates every aspect of the volumes presented within this site as it was intrinsically linked to British activities within the region.

Sustainable Scholarship

Exploring the cost, value, and sustainability of big journal bundles

For years libraries have wrestled with the Big Deal value proposition: access to all of the journal articles controlled by a corporate vendor in exchange for one large, steadily-growing lump payment. An increasing number of libraries see that proposition breaking down. We believe this conversation needs to move beyond the walls of the Library, to include faculty, students, and other library users.

Learn more about Sustainable Scholarship at UVA.

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