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Getting Started at UVA Library

Welcome to UVA Library!

Click here to work through a short introductory module with a general overview of UVA Library spaces, services, collections, and people.

Use the tabs on the left side of this page to learn more about library spaces and doing research using library resources.

5 most important things

Orange circle with exclamation point in the middleThere is a lot of great information and useful resources in this guide, but here are the five most important resources to get started using the UVA Library:


1. Ask A Librarian. We know the UVA Library can be confusing, and we are here to help! You can chat with a librarian during operating hours and see other ways to get in touch with a librarian on the Ask A Librarian page.

2. Status dashboard. Visit the status dashboard to see what library spaces are open and how to access different Library resources.

3. How Do I...?. Access our many learning resources on the Learning Hub page to help you with your research, from choosing a topic to finding sources to citations.

4. Virgo. Virgo is the UVA Library catalog and searches books, films, articles, and more.  Learn more about Virgo from this helpful guide. Not finding what you need in Virgo? Check out our other databases on the Search, borrow, request page or go directly to Databases A-Z.

5. What is Authority? module. Your professors want you to use authoritative, credible sources in your research. Learn more about identifying those sources in this module.

Subject Librarians- Click on Picture for More Info

Keith Weimer

History & Religious Studies

Wei Wang

East Asian Studies

Sherri Brown


Ricky Patterson

Astronomy, Mathematics & Physics 

Phil McEldowney

Anthropology, Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies 

Nawang Thokmey

Buddhist & Tibetan Studies 

Miguel A Valladares-Llata

Romance Languages & Latin American Studies

Maggie Nunley

Computer Science & Engineering 

Lucie W Stylianopoulos

Art & Archaeology 

Amy Hunsaker

Music, Drama, & Dance

Katrina Spencer

African American and African Studies

Jenny Coffman

Chemistry & Biology 

Jenn Huck

Data Science

Erin Pappas

Media Studies & Humanities 

Erich Purpur


Christine Slaughter

Social Sciences

Chris Ruotolo

Philosophy & American Studies