Reynolds Libraries are a member of VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia. This crucial partnership allows Reynolds to purchase high-quality digital resources at a discount, in partnership with other colleges and universities in the state.
Reynolds Libraries was featured by VIVA in September 2017.
An interview with Hong Wu, Director of Library Services
What are three points of pride in your library?
Team Library! Our library staff members really care, work hard and reflect the diversity of our student body.
Students. A library isn’t a library without users! Reynolds students come from all over the world and have varied educational goals. Our students also have many challenges, including speaking English as a second language, working (many full-time), caregiving for loved ones, and returning to work after a career change or military service. Reynolds Community college is the place to get a start or a second chance.
One library, multiple flavors. Our campus libraries reflect their programs and locations. Downtown is Reynolds most urban campus, hosts the most popular laptop checkout program, and offers an amazing cookbook collection (thanks to the culinary program!) Goochland is our rural campus and features a robust horticultural print collection, which is included in the Council of Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. Goochland also houses Reynolds seed library. Parham is Reynolds most suburban campus, and offers students a large, light-filled space with plenty of desktop computers, multiple group study rooms. Parham is home to multiple special collections, including the Paralegal and ESL collection. Reynolds Libraries digital side-our library without walls—reaches distance students around the commonwealth, thanks in part to our VIVA membership. Remote access, eBooks and databases make location no barrier to education.
What is the most popular spot in the library for users?
At all three campuses the group study rooms are incredibly popular. Students use them for both group and individual study, and they are always in use. We had over 13,000 students use the group study rooms in 2016-17.
Which VIVA resource or service do we value the most, and why?
The EBSCOHost collection is essential. Our partnership with VIVA makes it possible for us to provide this high-quality resource for our students, a resource that they will continue to use after they transfer to a four-year university.
Want to see more beautiful libraries? Check out all of the member profiles on the VIVA site.
The Downtown Campus library will be closed from Monday, December 19th to Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 while the exterior windows are being replaced. Books and materials checked out with a due date for next week have already been changed in the library system to have a due date of January 3rd.
The Goochland and Parham Campus Libraries will be open through Thursday, December 22, 2016.
All campus libraries will reopen Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
Thank you for your understanding while we make improvements to your library.
The Goochland Campus library is showcasing displays from one of David Pippin’s Floral Design Classes. Drop by the library to study, read a book or newspaper, use one of our new computers, laptops or iPads and be surrounded by these beautiful floral designs.
Use Reynolds Library services and resources? We want to hear from you!
Please fill out the Reynolds Library 2015 Survey. Your input will help us better understand your perception of library services and help us to improve!
The survey, which was developed by the Association of Research Libraries, will provide us with comparable assessment information from peer institutions.
Your responses will be confidential, with no identifying links between a response and the individual who makes the response.
Please complete the survey. Incomplete surveys cannot be included in the study.
The survey is open from October 19, 2015 through November 6, 2015.
To award your effort and support, we would like to give you a USB charger! Once you have completed the survey, drop by any campus library and tell us describe the logo at the end of the survey – we’ll give you a “thank you” reward!
All of us at the Reynolds Community College Library thank you in advance for completing the survey!
Reynolds Library hosted 47 Advance College Academy students in two library instruction sessions as part of their SDV 100 course. The students piloted an information literacy activity called The Source Deck.
The Source Deck is a series of research activities that students complete in small groups. The activities are all hands-on, and include essential research skills like finding resources, identifying parts of a citation, evaluating resources and understanding the publication timeline.
The Source Deck was adapted by librarians Denise Woetzel and Mary Hanlin, seen here leading the session, based on The Source Deck originally developed at the University of Virginia.
These classes of ACA students are rising 11th graders at Tucker High School. In the summer between their sophomore and junior years, ACA students take two college classes on campus during one of Reynolds five-week sessions.
In the spring the library hosts ninth grade students from the ACA programs. This year 147 students came to Reynolds for a campus tour and to complete the Library Scavenger Hunt, a hands-on library orientation that involves small groups and iPads.
The Advance College Academy allows high school students to earn an Associate Degree while still in high school. ACA programs are available at Tucker, Highland Springs, Goochland and Powhatan High Schools.