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The Fountain

The Fountain: A Guide to the new library system

Alfred W. Harris

Virginia State University was founded on March 6, 1882, when the legislature passed a bill to charter the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute. Delegate Alfred W. Harris, a Black attorney who represented Dinwiddie County in the General Assembly, sponsored the bill.

What is The Fountain?


Virginia State University Libraries has implemented a powerful new tool for research and discovery.


The Fountain is a single search tool for print & electronic books, articles, journals, and more. 

What’s included in The Fountain

What am I searching for?

  • Everything - This is the broadest search. Find books, journals, and more in libraries at University Libraries and online articles to which Virginia State University Libraries subscribes.
  • Books & Articles - Find books and more at University Libraries and online articles to which the Virginia State University Libraries subscribe.
  • Course Reserves - Find items on reserve by course name, course ID, instructor, and department.