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The Jeanette Albiez Davis Library has holdings in excess of 570,000 items, including 94,197 volumes, 446,409 units of microforms, and 2,412 audio-visual materials. Davis Library subscribes to over 230 current paper periodicals and maintains a collection of approximately 30,000 government documents as a selective U.S. Government Documents Depository.
During the regular academic year, the Library is open seven days a week for a total of seventy-three hours. Through its home page on the World Wide Web (http://library.rio.edu), Davis Library offers students and the Rio academic community access to a growing local collection and up-to-date electronic information resources along with online help to meet research and study needs. These include the Library’s local public access catalog, RioCat, which provides indexing to its entire collection and OhioLINK, a consortium of Ohio academic libraries offering remote access to collections across the State, as well as access to a wealth of research databases and thousands of electronic journals.
Through OhioLINK (http://www.ohiolink.edu), students can request books from other member libraries and receive them within a few days. Thousands of journal articles are available full-text through OhioLINK and can be printed or saved directly to a workstation. Rio students may also visit and use other OhioLINK libraries throughout the State simply by presenting their valid Rio Grande student I.D. card.
Additionally, as a charter member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), and OHIONET, a statewide network of OCLC participating libraries, Davis Library can provide students, faculty, and staff with access to virtually anything they may wish to use for their research through its traditional interlibrary loan service using online request forms. Davis Library’s interlibrary loan service can access the collections of libraries throughout the nation and the world.
The Library’s computer network supports word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail, and web browsing for student use. For handicapped students, there are handicapped parking areas adjacent to the Library with full access to the facility through the main entrance via ramp walkways and mechanically assisted doors. Aisles are handicapped accessible. An elevator provides access to all three floors. The Library is equipped with handicapped accessible rest rooms on the main floor. Davis Library is affiliated with the Talking Book Program and has access to books and periodicals on record, cassette tape, and in Braille and large print.
Davis Library is central to academic life at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College (URG/RGCC). Its mission is to support and meet the informational needs of both campus and community users. In addition to providing quality collections and services that are easily accessible, the Davis Library also provides opportunities for social and cultural growth and enlightenment throughout the Ohio Appalachian region. The Davis Library is a place where people share ideas and information. What better place for friends to come together?
The Friends of the Davis Library help promote the Davis Library within the community both on and off campus. Friends create awareness of the Library’s operations and needs. Through fundraising efforts and its Bookplate Donation Program, Friends help encourage the growth of Davis Library’s collections, programs and services. By organizing and
sponsoring a wide variety of activities and events that are beyond the scope of the Library’s budget, Friends also helps to enhance the library’s commitment to outreach and public service.