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Richland College Library

About the Richland College Library

Our Mission: Connecting Learners with Knowledge

Contact us at 972-238-6082 or 972-238-6081

Facilities/Collection/Equipment

  • Library Space: 26,351 square feet
  • Seating Capacity (including seating for individual quiet study): 275
  • Group Study Rooms with data ports: 6
  • Library Books: 96,000
  • Computers: 44—all connected to the Internet; full multimedia capabilities. These computers are used over 12,000 times each month to access information.
  • Electronic Subscription Databases: over 160 subscription databases are provided by the DCCCD, Richland, and TexShare. Through TexShare we have access to 12,947 full-text journals, 1,318 newspapers, 4654 reference books, 28,281 NetLibrary ebooks, and nearly 600,000 primary source documents.
  • Current magazines and newspapers in print
  • Faculty reserve materials services
  • Printing and photocopying accounts available

Information Literacy Instruction Program

  • Richland Library’s award-winning instruction program offers free classes on basic research and library skills, searching the Web, using databases and the library catalog, and documenting research with MLA, along with other topics to help students become information literate.
  • Average Number of Information Literacy Classes taught each year: 360.
  • Average Number of Students attending Information Literacy Classes each year: over 5,000.
  • Information Literacy Certificates awarded: 2,000 since program began in Spring 1998.

Program Recognition

  • Awards: American Library Association/ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award 2004
  • American Library Association Library of the Future Award 2001

Library Web Site:

  • The DCCCD Library Catalog, for access to all DCCCD college library and media collections
  • Subscription databases, for access to hundreds of thousands of periodical articles, reference articles, and primary source documents.
  • Ask a Librarian, e-mail a reference librarian for personal assistance
  • ASAP, a tool to help students stay on track with a research assignment; ASAP also contains links to many tutorials and research paper guidance
  • NoodleTools, a tool to help with plagiarism avoidance and MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citations
  • Help Sheets, to assist in the use of electronic databases, the Web, and MLA format
  • Information Literacy Certificate classes
  • And much, much more

Students Using Electronic Resources in the Library:

  • The DCCCD Library Catalog is accessed 80,000 times per month
  • DCCCD subscription databases are accessed approximately 125,000 per month.
Oct 2011
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