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Library Services

  • For Students
  • For Faculty/Staff
  • For Visitors

For Students

Conducting Research at the RBC Library

After selecting your topic for research, finding sources for your paper is as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Search the catalog to find books and ebooks on your topic.
  2. Search the databases to find articles.
  3. If you haven’t found enough sources, search WorldCat and request items from other academic libraries in Virginia by using Interlibrary Loan.

See the research guides for help with specific assignments.

Printing and Scanning

Students are not charged for black and white printing and copying in the RBC Library! The copier also allows you to scan documents or photos.

Circulation Policies

The policies below apply to all Richard Bland College students enrolled full-time or part-time with the school. Dual Enrollment students may check out materials from the library according to this chart except Videos & DVDs.

Materials Loan Period Renewals Fines Number of Items
Books 4 weeks 1 $.25/day Total of 5 items
Audio Recordings 4 weeks 1 $.25/day
Videos & DVDs 7 days 0 $1/day 2
Periodicals On-site N/A N/A N/A
Reserves Varies 0 $1/day 1
Interlibrary Loans Determined by loaning library N/A $1/day 5
  • All lost or damaged materials are charged at a $50 standard fee per item. The only exceptions are entertainment DVDs (which are assessed a $25 standard fee per item) and Interlibrary Loan materials. The replacement fee for a lost or damaged Interlibrary Loan item will be determined by the respective lending library and may exceed $50.
  • Patrons who have $5 or more in fines will not be allowed to check out any materials from the library until the fine is paid.
  • Return of materials in a timely fashion is the responsibility of the borrower. Overdue notices are sent out as a courtesy.
  • Any item that is 150 days overdue is assumed to be lost and the patron will be put on the Virginia Debt Set-Off program. Items subsequently returned will be assessed the $25 per item overdue fee.
  • Borrowing records are confidential and are protected by Virginia state law which prohibits release of information pertaining to specific materials that a patron has borrowed. The USA Patriot Act did expand the investigative powers of law enforcement.

For Faculty/Staff

Listed below are the services that the RBC Library provides for faculty and staff. Please do not hesitate to contact us at library@rbc.edu or individually with questions or assistance with your courses or research!

Keep updated with the trends in higher education! The Library sends out daily emails from the Chronicle of Higher Education. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please let us know. (Note: The links to the articles require a password, which the library has but cannot give out. Let us know what article you want, and we will email it to you).

Classroom Support

  • Library Instruction Sessions – Library instruction sessions and tours are available for both small and large groups. Librarians provide instruction in the use of print and electronic materials. We can hold classes in the Community Room or come to your classroom. Classes may be of an introductory nature or content-specific. Faculty are encouraged to schedule class groups well in advance of desired instruction dates. Contact us at library@rbc.edu to schedule a session.
  • Assignment Design Services – If you are concerned about whether or not the library has the resources to support your assignment, the library staff can work collaboratively with you to design assignments that will ensure student success in their research.
  • ReservesTo place items on reserve, please send an email to library@rbc.eduBefore the start of each semester, please let the staff know if you need materials to be placed on reserve. Materials may include personal items, library materials, videos, DVDs, and photocopies. Reserves may be designated as library-use-only, overnight, 3-day, 5-day or 14-day loans.
  • Equipment – The library has some equipment available for faculty checkout, including laptops, flip video camera, digital camcorder, and portable projectors.
  • Laminating – The library staff can laminate materials for you. Please allow at least a week for completion.
  • Request Items for Purchase – We encourage faculty to review library holdings in the areas of their expertise and instruction. We solicit recommendations for materials that will support and strengthen our holdings in relation to what’s taught here at Richard Bland. Any faculty member can email us with requests.

Research Support

  • Circulation – Listed below are the circulation policies for faculty and staff. As a courtesy, faculty and staff are not charged overdue fines. However, if an item is lost, they are required to pay the replacement fee or purchase an identical copy. (Replacement fees are $25 for entertainment DVDs and $50 for all other items).
    Materials Loan Period Renewals Fines Number of Items
    Books 1 semester 1 N/A unlimited
    Audio Recordings 1 semester 1 N/A unlimited
    DVDs 7 days 0 N/A 8
    Videos 7 days 1 N/A unlimited
    Periodicals On-site N/A N/A N/A
    Interlibrary Loans Determined by loaning library N/A N/A N/A
  • Interlibrary Loan – Books, articles, videos, and DVDs not available in the Richard Bland College Library may be borrowed from another library. After searching the catalog, you can request items that we don’t have using WorldCat. The RBC Library requests ILL items from any college or university library in the state of Virginia. We are also part of the Richmond Academic Library Consortium (RALC), which runs a shuttle between all of the Richmond-area academic libraries. It drops off and picks up at Richard Bland on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Requests for journal articles are sent electronically.
  • Research Help – The library staff is available to assist you with your research needs. If you are having difficulty finding information on a particular topic in the catalog or the databases, send us an email! We’d be glad to do some deeper searching to see if we can get what you need through Interlibrary Loan.

 

For Visitors

Welcome! The RBC Library is open to the public, and anyone may borrow materials and use our computers. Access to our online databases is also available freely to anyone who visits the library. Directions and information about parking are available here.

Printing and Scanning

The RBC Library charges visitors $.10 per page for all black and white copying and printing.

The copier is also a scanner. You can scan photos or documents, but you must save them to a flash drive.

Circulation Policies

The RBC Library does allow members of the community and all alumni to check out books (not DVDs) at no charge. Community patrons include non-students residing in the Tri-Cities area, defined as Colonial Heights, Petersburg, Hopewell, Prince George County, and Dinwiddie County. All other patrons outside of the Tri-Cities may use materials in-house.

All borrowers must be 16 years old, provide a picture ID and SSN, and adhere to all policies. Fill out the registration form and bring it to the front desk. A parent or guardian must sign this form if you’re under 18.

Materials Loan Period Renewals Fines Number of Items
Books 4 weeks 1 $.25/day Total of 2 items
Audio Recordings 4 weeks 1 $.25/day
All other materials are on-site use only
  • All lost or damaged materials are charged at a $50 standard fee per item.
  • Patrons who have $5 or more in fines will not be allowed to check out any materials from the library until the fine is paid.
  • Return of materials in a timely fashion is the responsibility of the borrower. Overdue notices are sent out as a courtesy.
  • Any item that is 150 days overdue is assumed to be lost and the patron will be put on the Virginia Debt Set-Off program. Items subsequently returned will be assessed the $25 per item overdue fee.
  • Borrowing records are confidential and are protected by Virginia state law which prohibits release of information pertaining to specific materials that a patron has borrowed. The USA Patriot Act did expand the investigative powers of law enforcement.

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Library Hours
Monday – Thursday 8am-10pm
Friday 8am-5pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday 4pm-10pm

Special Closings
Sunday, September 4
Monday, September 5

Contact Info
11301 Johnson Rd
South Prince George, VA 23805
(804) 862-6226

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