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Virtual Library Tour: Evelyn S. Field Library

The Evelyn S. Field Library at Raritan Valley Community College promotes access to high-quality resourcesintellectual freedom, academic growth, and open-minded exploration in a welcoming and inclusive environment that is conducive to study. We invite you to explore all that we have to offer through this virtual tour of the Library. Students can find additional detailed information on the Student Resources page.

COVID-19 Limitations

Access to the physical libraries and its collections may be limited during the pandemic. Visit our Virtual and Remote Library Services page for more information on what services we are able to provide at this time. 

Services

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Live chat with a Librarian

Librarians are available to help you online, too! Look for "Ask Us" on our website and in the databases to start a live chat or send us an email if we're not online.

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Course & assignment guides

Librarians create course & assignment guides when we teach a class or know there's a tough research assignment out there. Skim these for help with popular research assignments.

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Research help

Librarians are available to help you with your research or find answers to your questions. Our Reference/Information desk is staffed during all open hours. 

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Laptops

We have laptops that you can check out to use while in the library. They're great for working in a group study room. 

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Photocopying

A photocopy machine is available for the public to use. Copy cards must be purchased for $1.00 and can be kept and reloaded. Copies are 7 cents per page.

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Scanning

Scanning is free and scans can be emailed, saved to a flash drive, or uploaded to cloud storage. Our book scanner lets you quickly scan books and documents to PDF or other file formats with a simple touch screen.

Meet the Librarians

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Alyssa Valenti, Library Chair

Alyssa is the Electronic Resources & Web Services Librarian and the liaison to the Health Science Education and Math & Computer Science departments.

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Megan Dempsey, Instructional Services Librarian

Megan is the liaison to the English, Business & Public Service, and Science & Engineering departments, and the Honors College.

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Janelle Bitter, Systems & Tech Services Librarian

Janelle is the liaison to the Arts & Design, Communication & Languages, and Humanities, Social Science, Social Work & Education departments.

Electronic Resources

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RVOneSearch for one-stop searching

RVOneSearch lets you search for articles, books, ebooks, streaming videos and more across nearly all of the library's collections at once.

Reference databases

Reference databases, like Credo Reference, are great for gathering ideas and learning new terms from specialized encyclopedias and handbooks.

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Research starter databases

Research starter databases, like Gale's Opposing Viewpoints in Context, give you a broad overview of a topic and a variety of sources related to the topic. 

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Multidisciplinary databases

Multidisciplinary databases, like Proquest Central, Academic Search Premier, and Gale Academic OneFile, provide news, magazine, and scholarly journal articles from a wide range of subject areas. 

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Subject-specific databases

Subject-specific databases, like CINAHL for nursing, contain articles from specialized journals in particular subject areas, which can be chosen on the Databases page

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Streaming videos

We offer collections of streaming videos to supplement your coursework, including Kanopy, AVON - Academic Video Online, and Films on Demand.

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eBooks

E-books are available on a variety of platforms and can be found by searching the Books, eBooks and Media Catalog

Physical Collections

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Circulating books

Our circulating book collection on the 2nd floor can be searched from the Books, eBooks & Media Catalog button on our homepage. We have over 80,000 books to support your courses!

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Reference collection - 1st floor

The Reference collection on the 1st floor has encyclopedias, handbooks, and legal reference materials for quick use in the library. They cannot be checked out.

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Magazines in the Reading Lounge

Our Reading Lounge on the first floor is a comfortable space to browse through current issues of magazines and newspapers.

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Popular DVDs and documentaries

We have major motion pictures and educational documentaries on DVD. These can be checked out with an RVCC ID card.

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Textbook reserves

Our Textbook Reserve collection allows you to check out a textbook for two hours and use it while in the Library. We do not have all textbooks, but many popular ones.

Study Spaces

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First floor quiet study

The first floor is quiet study. You can socialize and chat quietly. Large tables let you spread out your stuff or work together. 

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Silent Study

The 2nd floor of the Library is silent study. We maintain silence upstairs so that students who need the quietest place to study have a place to go. Our new hexagon carrels provide comfortable, private seating.

Group Study Rooms

There are 5 group study rooms on the second floor. They can be reserved in advance or used on a first-come, first-served basis when available.

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Individual Study Carrels

The second floor is silent study and has individual study carrels for you to work at.

Library Rooms

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Library Classroom - L107

Our classroom is used for instruction by the librarians and is an open computer lab for student use when we are not teaching. 

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Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

The Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies is on the 2nd floor and can be used for quiet study when no programs are scheduled.

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Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Social Justice

The Robeson Resource Room on the 1st floor houses collections and memorabilia related to Paul Robeson and is a quiet study room.

Library Floor Plan

Looking for something in the library? Check out our floor plan!

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