For Students

student-catalogConducting 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! Color printing is $0.25 per page. Just bring your document saved to a flash drive to the front desk. 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 $1.00/day 2
Periodicals On-site N/A N/A N/A
Reserves Varies 0 $5.00/day 1
Interlibrary Loans Determined by loaning library N/A $5.00/day 5


  • All lost or damaged materials are charged at a $50.00 standard fee per item. The only exceptions are entertainment DVDs (which are assessed a $25.00 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 $50.00.
  • Patrons who have $5.00 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 $25.00 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.