James Hugo Johnston,
second president of VSU, served 26 years from 1888 to 1914. The present library is named for him.
in 1958 and completely renovated in 2004, the James Hugo Johnston Memorial
Library, located in the center of the campus, contains materials that support
the mission of the University and provides a full complement of research and
information services to the University community. The Library contains
monographs, periodicals and newspapers, microforms, and government publications.
The Library is a selective depository
publications and receives selected
government publications. The
houses videos, CDs, audiotapes, musical scores and other media that enhance
course offerings. An Assistive
Technology Lab equipped with a Kurzweil machine, a Voyager Reader and large
print software for the visually impaired is also available.
include exhibit areas, conference and multimedia group study rooms, and
individual and group study rooms and carrels. The library computer lab is a 24
hour complex located on the basement level near the Trojan Link Café. Wireless access and dedicated computer access
is available throughout the building.
The Special Collections and University Archives Department,
with a full-time archivist, is located in the Lindsay-Montague Hall. It contains historical documents,
memorabilia, and artifacts, which are available to both the campus community
and other researchers.
The Library participates in a statewide electronic resource
sharing consortium, the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA). The Library
provides local and remote access to numerous databases, full- text journals and
newspapers, full-text works of poetry and verse drama, and additional full-text
materials, including statistical reports and pamphlets. The Library supplements
its collection through interlibrary loan in the Richmond Academic Library
Consortium (RALC) and other resource sharing through such activities as
interlibrary loan and direct borrowing by patrons. Media resources are shared
through RALC’s Richmond Area Media Co-op.
Johnston Memorial Library is
ADA compliant and fully handicapped