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Reference Librarian

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Denise Woetzel
Reynolds Parham Road Campus Library



Downtown: 804.523.5211
Parham: 804.523.5220
Goochland: 804.523.5419

Borrow Reynolds Libraries Books & DVDs

Circulation Policies & Procedures:

  • Reynolds student ID - use your ID to check out items such as books and DVDs from any campus library.
  • Books - you can check out up to 15 items (books & DVDs) at any one time. Most books can be checked out for 28 days. You can renew most books one time for an additional 28 days if no one else has requested the book. 
  • Popular DVDs - you can check out up to 3 DVDs at any one time. Popular DVDs can be checked out for 1 week.  You can renew DVDs one time for an additional week if no one else has requested the DVD.

 Physical items that can be checked out of the Reynolds Library include:

  • Circulating books that support your coursework
  • Best seller books
  • Audio books
  • Career books
  • Test preparation books
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) books
  • Juvenile books
  • Popular DVDs

Physical items you can use inside the library:

  • Reference books such as encyclopedias and directories
  • Periodicals such as journals, magazines and newspapers 
  • Reserve materials such as textbooks and study guides. Some instructors request materials to be placed on reserve at the library's Circulation Desk for students in their classes to use. Most reserve materials have a 2-hour loan period.*

* Instructors will let their students know if and when course material is available on reserve at the library's Circulation Desk. Since not all instructors request course materials to be placed on reserve, the library does not have all textbooks used for every Reynolds course.

Borrow Books from Other Libraries

If a specific book title or books on a particular topic are not available at Reynolds Library, you can borrow books from public and academic libraries in the Richmond area. To find out what books are available locally, you can search:

  • Library catalogs of academic and public libraries in the Richmond area.
  • WorldCat - searches the holdings of academic and public libraries both locally and worldwide.

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) Cooperative Borrowing Program allows current Reynolds students, faculty, and staff to borrow library materials directly from participating academic libraries in the state of Virginia including local libraries such as the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.

If the book you want is available through an academic library in Richmond that is NOT participating in the Cooperative Borrowing Program, come to the Reference Desk at any Reynolds campus library to get a RALC Borrowing Pass (Richmond Academic Library Consortium) which will allow you to borrow books from local college or university libraries such as John Tyler Community College and Union Presbyterian Seminary.

If none of the local libraries own books that you need, Reynolds Library can request books from libraries across the state of Virginia and nationwide via our interlibrary loan service. After you complete our online Interlibrary Loan Request form, it usually takes at least one week to obtain books from other libraries.

A reference librarian will be happy to assist you in identifying libraries that own a particular title or own books on a particular subject.