Library Offers Extended Hours During Final Exam Weeks 4/21-5/5/2014

April 9, 2014


Dear Students

To help you prepare for final exams,  Reynolds Library will, again, extend its hours of operation during the final exam week at Parham and Downtown campuses.  Our extended schedule will be as follows:

7:45 am – 10:00 pm          Monday,  April 21 – Thursday, April 24

7:45 am – 5:00 pm            Friday, April 25

8:00 am – 2:00 pm            Saturday, April. 26 (Downtown Lib. only)

10:00 am – 4: 00 pm         Saturday, April 26 (Parham Lib. only)

7:45 am – 10:00 pm          Monday, April 28 – Thursday, May 1

7:45 am – 5:00 pm            Friday, May 2

8:00 am – 2:00 pm            Saturday,  May 3 (Downtown Lib. only)

10:00 am – 4: 00 pm         Saturday,  May 3 (Parham Lib. only)

7:45 am – 10:00 pm          Monday, May 5

We hope the extended hours will provide you a safe and comfortable learning environment and to offer you the research assistance you need for your final exams or term papers.   Good luck!

With best wishes from all library staff

Real Life, Real Drama

April 3, 2014

Real Life Real Drama

Documentaries and movies inspired by real life.

The Downtown Library put up this display of movies that are inspired by real life.

We have documentaries like 49 Up which follows the lives of 14 children every 7 years to see their progression in life, This Is It, shows Michael Jackson preparing for his final concert, and The Invisible War investigates the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.

Many movies are based on actual events, like Donnie Brasco, where Johnny Depp plays the FBI agent, Joe Pistone, who infiltrated the mafia of New York. Heavenly Creatures tells the true story of two teenage girls who became so close that they would do anything to keep from being separated by their parents. The Great Escape tells the story of World War II British and American flyers who attempted to escape from a maximum-security German prison camp.

Come to all three campus libraries and check out these movies and many many more.


April 2, 2014



(to tell us what books to buy :) )

Updating your assignments for next semester?  Want your students to easily find up-to-date print resources for your favorite topics?  We want to spend our book budget wisely on resources that are relevant to your assignments…and, we need your help to do it!

Send us assignments, topics, subject areas, titles that you would like to see available in your campus libraries, or through the library website as ebooks.  By when, you ask?  Please, submit by August 4th for the Fall 2014 semester classes via this link:

Welcome aboard!

Database Trials: Access World News (News Bank) and America’s Historical Newspapers

March 7, 2014

acessworldnewsBetween now and March 28th, Reynolds Libraries is evaluating two databases: Access World News and America’s
Historical Newspapers.

Access World News, which also often called NewsBank, focuses on current newspaper sources and includes access to relevant local content like the Richmond Times Dispatch.  NewsBank  really focuses on students using its content, so you may be able to find a great article in a simpler and more intuitive manner.  

 America’s Historical Newspapers offers historical newspaper articles as they appeared in print.  Users can browse by era or search by specific publication source like the New York Times.  This might be a great place for finding primary sources.  The bottom line: take a look, mosey around, and  let us know what you think!

 Database Trial Feedback:  

Welcome Loftan Miller, the New Coordinator of DTC Campus Library

February 25, 2014

loftanLoftan Miller, who was the Coordinator at Parham Campus Library, is now the new Coordinator of DTC Campus Library.  Loftan served as the college librarian at Rappahannock Community College for the past five years, before joining Reynolds in May 2013.  In addition to the management of the daily operations of Parham Library, Loftan helped with the hiring of two full time library specialists and five part time library technology assistants for the transition of the open computer lab computer into the library.  Most importantly, Loftan welcomed the birth of her 2nd daughter Olive on August 31st, 2013!  Recently Loftan requested to be transferred to DTC Library due to her extensive experience of working with nursing faculty members and the library review for LPN/RN accreditation.  With her energy, dedication and experience, Loftan will be an asset to DTC Campus Library.  Please welcome Loftan!

A Fond Farewell to Lil Williams

February 25, 2014

lilWe bid a fond farewell to Dr. Lil Williams, who retired from the position of the Coordinator of Downtown Campus Library last month.  Lil joined Reynolds as a reference librarian in January. 1978.  Before that, Lil was a rotating librarian for the Henrico County Public Library.  Shortly after she joined Reynolds, Lil was promoted to the position of the Coordinator of the Downtown Campus library.  During her 36 years with Reynolds, Lil participated and took leadership in three phases of the DTC Library renovation.  She and the DTC library staff began at the old furniture store on Grace Street.  They then moved themselves box by box to the current building in the early 80s.   After that, Lil took leadership in two more renovations, including the most recent one that took place last year.  Lil is a veteran librarian who went from serving patrons out of boxes to checking out ebooks from the cloud.  Along the way, she earned her Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the College of William and Mary in 2000.  We thank Lil for sharing 36 years of her life with us.  We are grateful for her inspiration.  For those who missed the lovely dinner reception for Lil, you are welcome to check out our photo album at

New @ Reynolds: Writer’s Reference Center

February 12, 2014

Writer's Reference CenterReynolds Library has licensed a new database that serves as an excellent starting point for writing better papers.  Writer’s Reference Centercontains hundreds of articles on writing effectively.  The database focuses on the mechanics of writing, but it also includes excellent resources like a vocabulary builder and dynamic citations samples in MLA and APA format.  Good writing takes time, patience and a step-by-step process.  Writer’s Reference Center is the perfect resource to begin that  process.


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