Category Archives: Outreach

Information about our outreach and programs

Half Way There!

It’s June already and the construction is well on it’s way.  The reading room outside the rare book room is taking shape, as is the classroom around the corner.  Also included in this reconfiguring is an office for our new Archivist and Book Arts Studio Coordinator.  But pictures will tell you more than words at this point so here goes!


The entrance to the new reading room.






Reading Room

The bones of the reading room.  There will be tables and display shelves.


Reading Room







Class roomClassroom

And here is the classroom, first looking back toward the rare book room,  then towards the door to the workroom.

And finally the new office.  Office


May not look very exciting right now, but it will add so much to what we can do!  So this fall look for the sign on the new door and come and explore our new Uncommon space!

Happy Halloween!

Rare Boo Room sign

Our front door, modified for Halloween!


The Galvin Rare Book Room was transformed Wednesday night into a festival of thrills and chills!  Spooky music and dimmed lights enticed some brave souls into the room to explore skeletons, witches, and things that skitter in the dark!

Enjoy some of Angie White’s great pictures of our evening of fun.

A long-lost reader?

A long-lost reader?

A motion-activated owl captured a few in his eerie gaze.

A motion-activated owl captured a few in his eerie gaze.

A Dickens of a good time!

A Dickens of a good time!







We’ll keep the lights out for you……… and hope to see  scare you next year!

Trick or Treat Open House in the Galvin Rare Book Room

open house invitation

Come explore some hauntingly-fun rare “boo”ks! Drop by the Galvin Rare Book Room, located on Level B1 in Boatwright Memorial Library, Wednesday evening, October 29, between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. for a trick-or-treat open house and explore books about witches, mummies, and other ghostly delights. We’ll keep the lights out for you!

Also, don’t forget to visit our October exhibits in the library. On the first floor, discover some mythical beasts and monsters from the collection, while in the second floor silent study area, we’ve gathered some thrillers and chillers to keep you reading into the night. Learn more about our October exhibits in the previous post here on the blog.

Archives Month – October 2014

virginia archives month poster for 2014

Celebrating Virginia Archives during Archives Month, October 2014

Beginning in 2006, archives across the country celebrate Archives Month during October.  Throughout the month, special events and exhibits highlight the many ways that archives provide education and give the profession the opportunity to talk about the work we do in preserving, protecting, and providing access to important historical materials.  The Virginia poster offers some tantalizing glimpses into the kinds of treasures you can discover by exploring archives around the state.  Did you spot our whale?

Here at the University of Richmond, we have special exhibits up for the month which highlight October-themed items from our collections, including spooky tales and scary beasts that live in our collections.  We hope you’ll visit us throughout the month and explore the many ways our archive contribute to the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff.

Be sure to check out other great Archives Month activities across the state of Virginia!  You will find opportunities to go behind the scenes and explore rare materials wherever you might travel this fall.  A full list of Virginia Archives Month activities can be found on the Library of Virginia’s Archives Month website.


Welcome to our new blog, Something Uncommon!  We are thrilled to launch this site where we will be sharing information about our incredible collections and the work we do.

The blog is managed by the Rare Books and Special Collections division of Boatwright Library at the University of Richmond.  Posts will be made primarily by our staff members, but you may also discover some of our interns and volunteers posting occasionally as well.  Our goal is to share news from our department as well as resources that may be of interest to our researchers, patrons, and colleagues.

We hope you’ll enjoy discovering something uncommon along with us.