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Library Orientation: Books

Books from Other Libraries

If you need a copy of a book but the RBC Library does not have it, don't worry! If you are a student, faculty, or staff member, we can request it through Interlibrary Loan. We request items from colleges and universities all over the state of Virginia!

If you wish to place a request, first check the catalog to make sure we don’t have a copy. You can use WorldCat to see what’s available or fill out the form located on the Interlibrary Loan webpage. Students may request only five books at one time. The loan period is determined by the lending library. If late returning ILLs, students will be charged $1.00 per day per late item. Feel free to email us with questions regarding ILL!
In addition, Richard Bland College students and faculty are allowed to checkout materials in-person from any college or university library in the Richmond area. You must pick up a Richmond Academic Library Consortium (RALC) pass from the RBC library and show your RBC ID at the participating institutions.

How to Look Up a Book

If you want to check out a book from the library, first you'll need to look it up in the catalog to see if we own it and where it is located. 

  • To get to the catalog, first begin at the RBC Library webpage:
  • Click Books/DVDs under the “Find Items” heading, and you will be taken to the catalog. You must sign in to use the catalog.
  • If you’re looking for a particular book, try searching for the title, or the author’s name. If you just want to see what books the library has on a given topic, try searching for words related to that topic. 
  • One or more results should appear. Click on the title that you're interested in.
  • The catalog entry will tell you if the title is available and will also give you the call number. 
  • Write down the call number, and now you can go locate the book (for more information on how to read a call number, see the video below). 
  • If you cannot find the book, don't hesitate to ask a librarian! 

How to Read an eBook

The RBC Library has over 70,000 ebooks in our collection! The vast majority (over 60,000) are available through the EBSCO eBook Collection, which covers all subject areas. We also have several collections provided through VIVA that focus solely on STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). 

To access these ebooks, simply search the catalog, click on the title of an ebook, and then click the “RBC Users” link at the bottom of the page. Login, if you’re off-campus. If you wish to download an EBSCO ebook to your computer or portable device to read offline, follow these instructions:

Questions? Try reading through our EBSCO eBook FAQs.