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Mission Statement

Richmond Community College Library provides welcoming spaces, access to educational and literary materials, and fosters lifelong learning in support of the College’s mission, vision, and curriculum. 

Building Usage


Richmond Community College welcomes visitors and students to its campus. To avoid disruption and to ensure the safety of young visitors, all children under sixteen must be under the direct supervision of an adult. Under no circumstances are children to be taken to class or left unattended anywhere on campus. Richmond Community College assumes no responsibility for children left without direct supervision. Students who violate this regulation are subject to disciplinary action.

Copyright Policy

The library follows the copyright law of the Unites States (Title 17, United States Code) on the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Food and Drink

Lidded drinks and contained snacks (pre-packaged or bagged) are allowed inside the library. No prepared meals are allowed. 

IDs on Campus

Students, faculty, and staff members must have their Richmond Community College IDs to use the library facilities or resources. Community patrons must obtain a guest pass at the Lee Building in order to use the library.

Collection Development

Collection Development Guidelines

The RichmondCC Library’s Collection Development Policy exists to guide the development of the Library’s Collection. This collection consists of print and electronic media, as well as physical objects. As trends shift in how people create and share information, the makeup of the Library’s collection will change. While keeping up with those trends, the Library will strive to support its mission and that of the College.  

The main objective of the collection is to support the curriculum at RichmondCC. The secondary objective is to provide enriching materials to foster literacy and lifelong learning in the campus community and within Richmond and Scotland Counties. To these ends, Library staff will make available materials that directly relate to college courses, as well as literary material that appeals to the general interest of the surrounding community. 

Selection of materials will be based on authoritative sources. Criteria for selection will include: 

  • Relevance to curriculum needs of students. 

  • Relevance to instructional needs, as advised by faculty.  

  • Contribute to valid learning experiences. 

  • Provide for diversity of interest and levels of ability. 

  • Present varied points of view and concepts. 

  • Be authoritative and factually accurate. 

  • Promote critical thinking. 


Textbooks will not be purchased due to financial burden. Instructors are encouraged to donate copies of textbooks and other course material to the Library’s reserves collection. 

Donation Policy

The Richmond Community College library will accept gifts, memorials, and other donated materials under the following conditions:

  • The donor must contact a library staff member to establish if there is a need for the donation.
  • Final decision as to the use of such materials will rest with the Vice President of Instruction.
  • Letters of appreciation, with an estimate of the monetary value on the gift, will be supplied to donors upon request. Copies of the letters will be kept on file in Technical Processing.

If the donation is of substantial value, the Richmond Community College Foundation will be notified.

Suggest Materials

The library highly encourages our students, staff, and faculty to suggest materials to purchase. Please fill out the RichmondCC Library Purchase Requisition to request items to be purchased by the library.

Weeding / Discarding / Replacement

The Library strives to maintain an up-to-date, functional collection through continual weeding by library staff. Subject faculty are asked to review holdings in their subject area and to suggest items for deletion or replacement.  

Materials are withdrawn based on the following criteria:

  • Demand
  • Interest
  • Use
  • Currency of content
  • Physical condition
  • Edition
  • Duplication of copies
  • Availability elsewhere

Organization of Materials

Library of Congress Classification System 

The Library of Congress Classification System (LCCS) is used to classify all books and media materials. 

Call Numbers

Books and media materials are arranged on shelves according to their classification number (known as the call number). 

Serials (print magazines, journals, newspapers)

Serials are arranged on the first floor alphabetically by title and the newspapers are on the wall mounted newspaper rack. With the exception of a few serial titles that are published weekly, one full year of each serial is kept in the library. Up to three months of newspapers are stored in the technical services area of the library.


DVDs and Blu-Rays are located on the first floor. Audio CDs are shelved with the print books in the upstairs stacks.

Inappropriate and Illegal Activities

Any behavior that hinders the operation of the library or library users' ability to study or use library resources is prohibited. Library staff may ask users to leave if they create a disturbance, pose a safety threat, or refuse to abide by library policies. Failure or refusal to comply with the library staff's directives will be reported to Campus Safety and/or the Vice President of Student Services and/or the Vice President of Instruction. The following activities are deemed unacceptable and not permitted in the library:

  • Removing or attempting to remove library equipment or property without authorization from library staff.
  • Posting of announcements, flyers, personal invitations, etc. in or on library property without prior approval.
  • Concealing library materials in the library for the exclusive use of an individual or group.
  • Ruining library materials by marking, underlining, removing pages or portions of pages, removing binding, removing electronic theft devices, or in any other way damaging or defacing library materials, furniture, or equipment.
  • Remaining in the library after closing.
  • Opening emergency exits except in case of an emergency.
  • Conducting inappropriate public displays of affection.
  • Demonstrating harmful, dangerous, or frightening behavior.
  • Smoking, vaping, and all other tobacco use is prohibited.