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McGraw-Page Library: Library's COVID-19 Response


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COVID-19 - Library Response

The McGraw-Page Library building is currently open to members of the R-MC Community and the public. See the Building Access section below for details and exceptions. Our current hours of operation can be found at

Ebooks, ejournals, streaming media, and other online materials continue to be available through the Library’s homepage

Please see the Randolph-Macon College Protect the Hive site for more information.


Updated on March 18, 2022

Library's COVID-19 Response

Building Access

The McGraw-Page Library building is open to current members of the R-MC community as well as the public. The doors to the building continue to be open by fob access only, meaning a College ID and/or fob is needed to gain entry. Our hours of operation can be found at

If you are not a current member of the R-MC community but need to access the building or collections, please complete this form to make an appointment or contact the library using the methods in the "General Inquiries" section above so that you can be let into the building. Please note that the appointment is not scheduled until it is confirmed by a member of the Library staff. If you need to access the Flavia Reed Owen Special Collections & Archives, please complete this form instead.


Neither masks nor social distancing are currently required in the library building. 

Although you are welcome to come to the Library to browse our collections, you can still place a hold for books or DVDs through the catalog and you will receive an email when your item is available for pick-up (learn how). Please note that this service is only available to the students, faculty, and staff of R-MC.

Requesting Materials, Document Delivery, and Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary loan continues to supply materials from other libraries. Requests for articles or book chapters can be readily filled. There continue to be some delays in receiving materials, but these are expected to continue to improve. Materials can be requested via Tipasa. From the library catalog and most databases, follow the options to "Request via Interlibrary Loan." For more information visit


Course Reserves & Online Learning

Course reserves are made available either physically or electronically for the fall semester. If physical materials need to be placed on reserve for a course, please contact Judee Showalter to discuss what options are available.

If you need help with Zoom, Canvas, or other technologies to support online learning, please start by visiting R-MC Resources for Online/Hybrid/In-Person Learning During COVID-19 or search our FAQ


Electronic Resources and Off-Campus Access to Materials

The Library works hard to maintain access to our electronic resources at all times. If you have trouble accessing any of our resources, try using the Chrome internet browser. If this does not resolve your issue, please email and we will troubleshoot your specific problem. Please include as much information in your email as possible.

All of our physical resources can be found by searching our library catalog using the Basic Search on the Library homepage:

  • You can search for just the ebooks provided by the McGraw-Page Library using the eBooks tab on the Library homepage:
  • You can browse specific collections of ebooks
  • Databases that search our electronic journals can be found using the Databases tab of the Library website.
  • If you use the VPN for other R-MC work, you will need to disconnect from the VPN before using the library research databases. Learn more.


Due Dates, Renewals, and Fines

The McGraw-Page Library has returned to regular borrowing policies for students, faculty, and staff, as outlined on our Borrowing and Renewing page. 

If you have materials to return:

  • Return materials through the book drop located in the vestibule of the McGraw-Page Library building (if you are local).
  • Return materials via USPS to this address:

McGraw-Page Library
Randolph-Macon College
P.O. Box 5005
Ashland, VA 23005

If neither of these solutions works for you, please contact us at to make arrangements.


Instructional Design and Technology

Instructional design and technology resources and support are being provided remotely during this time. 


Research Assistance

Research assistance is still available for student and faculty research.

  • Research Guides provide immediate access to the top databases and resources for a specific major, department, or program.
  • Research librarians are available to support student and faculty research. Librarians are available via email, chat, and phone, and video consultations can be arranged using Zoom or other technologies if preferred. Please contact your subject librarian to schedule an appointment.
  • Tutorials covering some introductory research tasks are also available.
  • Have a quick question? Email us at


Information Literacy Instruction

Information literacy instruction is available using a variety of methods, including in-class instruction, flipped instruction, or live collaborations via Zoom.  Please contact your subject librarian to determine what would be most appropriate for your class.


Classroom Media

Streaming videos and other multimedia resources are available through the Library website. These resources can be linked into Canvas as assignments or course materials or viewed by the R-MC community. The preferred sources for streaming media are:

  • Academic Video Online (AVON). Comprehensive video collection containing over 70,000 titles covering a wide range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.
  • American History in Video. Hundreds of hours of historical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.
  • C-SPAN Video Library. A nearly complete archive of over 160,000 hours of C-SPAN programs from 1987 to present, including footage from all 3 C-SPAN channels. Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text.
  • Films on Demand Master Academic Collection. Collection of over 31,000 films.
  • Films on Demand: Archival Films & Newsreels Collection – Academic.
  • National Theatre Collection. Filmed performances of 30 important plays from antiquity through the modern era.

All the streaming media in the above databases can be access either on- or off-campus with an R-MC login. If a desired film is not available in these databases, a DVD should be used. DVDs can be found by searching in the Library's catalog.

Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections & Archives located in the McGraw-Page Library is open to researchers and visitors by prior appointment only. Please complete this online form with details regarding your research request or visit