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Public Use Policy

Randolph-Macon College, an independent liberal arts institution, provides an academic library for use by its students, faculty, and staff.  Other individuals are permitted to come to the Library and use available library resources within the building, provided they conform to library rules and policies and follow directions given by Library Staff members.  The College reserves the right to restrict an individual from entering the McGraw-Page Library or from using some or all library resources, equipment, facilities, and/or services.

Purchasing a Library Card & Checking Out Books:  A library card is required for borrowing books. An adult resident of Hanover County or an adjacent county who is not in high school may purchase a library card at a cost of $25 for the first year and $10 per year thereafter. A current driver's license or other photo ID must be presented at the Circulation Desk along with cash or a check made payable to "McGraw-Page Library."

The fee for a library card is waived for retired R-MC faculty and staff, R-MC alumni in Hanover and adjacent counties, and Hanover County teachers. 

A library card is to be used only by the person who obtained the card. Thus, a parent or guardian who has a library card may borrow materials for his or her child and will be responsible for any fines and fees. 

Material
Loan Period
Overdue Fine/Day

Replacement Fee

Book 4 weeks 25¢ $75.00
Pop/Juv Book 2 weeks 25¢ $75.00
CD 1 week $1.00 $75.00
  • One renewal may be granted if no one is waiting for the item. A maximum of five items may be out on loan to a cardholder at any one time.
  • Community users may not borrow periodicals, reference books, movies, and special collection materials.

Students & Faculty at Other Colleges in the Richmond Area:  No library card or fee will be required for a college student who brings a properly-issued Richmond Academic Library Consortium (RALC) borrowing pass. Students may borrow five books for one month. The policies noted above for fines and replacement fees apply. Faculty or staff from another RALC institution may borrow five books with their institution's ID.

Use of library computers by individuals and groups:  The library relies primarily on computerized indexes and other online resources and no longer subscribes to many printed indexes. Due to licensing agreements, community users may use only the computers marked "Catalog Use Only."

Use of library resources by high school students:  High school students are welcome to use MaconCat, the library's catalog, which lists individual works in the library's collections but does not index periodical articles. This catalog may be used to locate books, titles of periodicals, and other items in the library's collection, which may be used within the building.

Unaccompanied children under the age of 15 are not allowed in the Library.

Note to high school teachers: With the above restrictions, the McGraw-Page library is not likely to be suitable for routine use by most secondary school students. However, if there is a special need for a particular student or group of students to do advanced library research, please contact the Reference Librarian, Laurie Preston by e-mail at lpreston@rmc.edu or by phone at (804) 752-4718 to arrange for help and/or instruction on a case-by-case basis.

For further information on use of the Library by community patrons, please contact Judee Showalter, Circulation Supervisor, by phone at (804) 752-7388 or by e-mail at jshowalter@rmc.edu