Welcome to the Library

Southwest Virginia Community College

  • Please access the Southwest Virginia Community College COVID-19 Prevention & Response official webpage for the latest news concerning the college’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • All current information applies to Southwest Virginia Community College Library. As of this week (March 16, 2020), all resources and services have moved to an online and remote access format only.
  • Please access all of the Library’s resources and services from the Library Menu on this main Library webpage, including Primo, the library catalog, and other electronic resources, including databases for journals, newspapers, and magazines as well as streaming videos.
  • Remote access is available for most online Library resources through student My VCCS (My Southwest) accounts.
  • Please contact the Library Circulation Desk at (276) 964-7265 and leave a message (name and call-back number) if your call is not immediately answered. Contact the Southwest librarian for resource and services information by email here.
  • Other notes: All materials that are currently checked out will automatically be renewed until the campus is safely reopened to students, faculty and staff, and community patrons; this does not include materials that are long overdue or considered lost in the Library system.

All Library Hours

AT A GLANCE: Spring Semester Library Hours (below)

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all Southwest Library services and resources have moved to an online and remote access format only.

Please call the Library Circulation Desk (276- 964-7265) for updated or altered library hours.

All Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (DLIT) and VCCS Shared Services proctored testing will be conducted in the Testing Center during evening hours and Sunday hours…for  Testing Center hours and contact information, please click here

dellinger hall
The Library is a fully automated, quiet, spacious, and attractive modern research facility housed in the Earl E. & Dorothy J. Dellinger Learning Resources Center with approximately 15,000 square feet.

Computer Access

Public and student access computers are located conveniently near the Circulation Desk while wireless laptop computers are available for use within the library area. We now have a fully equipped instructional computer lab. All computers are networked with access to the Internet; to the LINC online catalog, which indexes print book, electronic book, and print and non-print journal collections to locally provided databases; to the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) databases provided as shared collections with the VCCS and to other college libraries in the VCCS and Virginia. The online catalog also gives access to the Learning Assistance Center and Distance and Distance Learning & Instructional Technology resources.  Canvas, the Student System and Student Email can be accessed on the library’s public computers.  Wireless access for personal laptops/devices is provided throughout the library as well as the Ratliff Commons seating and study area outside the library entrance.

Brick Sculptures

The Ratliff Commons area outside the library entrance showcases brick sculptures by local artist, Johnny Hagerman.  The sculptures depict Native American pictographs spread across the south side of limestone cliffs on Paintlick Mountain.  Paintlick Mountain can be seen in the wide mountain view vista from our floor to ceiling windows.  Other sculptures within the building, including water features, depict animal life in the area and the Little River, which begins at Maiden Springs and runs through the valley beside Paintlick Mountain.  The sculptures and the view are well worth the visit to the Learning Resources Center. You can see a larger version of each picture just by clicking on it.  Use your browser’s back button to return to thumbnails.


Click here for further information about the sculptures and Paintlick Mountain. Please note that viewing and printing PDF files requires access on your computer to Adobe Acrobat Reader. This program can be downloaded here.


Library Collections

The campus I.D. station, Circulation Desk, Reference Desk, Interlibrary Loan Office, conference/study rooms, copier for public use, and offices of the Coordinator of Library Services, Acquisitions personnel, and Cataloging personnel are conveniently located. The library collections are within easy access to the circulation desk. Collections are also accessible for persons with disabilities and staff assistance is provided, if needed.

Library collections include: Circulating, Audio Books/CD Audio, Videos/DVDs, Distance Learning & Instructional Technology instructional and speaker/presentation videos, Periodicals, Newspapers, Reference, Juvenile, Software, New Books, Reserves, Oversize, and Art Reprints. The Lee Smith Faculty Reading Room is named for a local author and includes some of her memorabilia as well as Appalachian Literature materials.  Click here for a pdf list of the materials in the faculty reading room. There is also access to the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) collection and facilities.


Seating and Library Spaces

Total seating is one hundred seventy-seven (177). Seating includes eight (8) carrels and four (4) quiet study rooms seating eight (8) each, which are available for individual and small group study and meeting needs. Twenty-four (24) public computer workstations and seating at twelve (12) tables are provided for students’ educational needs. We also have a computer instructional lab that seats thirty-six (36). The Lee Smith Faculty Reading Room includes desks and comfortable chairs with seating for nine (9) and there is also a children’s area with a table and seating for four (4). Comfortable chairs in the main area are also provided where students and patrons can read, relax, use laptop computers, or enjoy the spectacular mountain view from our floor to ceiling windows.


Library Mission

The library facilities help to support the Library’s overall Mission and in particular the goal, “to serve as a focal point for research and study, to provide students, academic personnel, and community users access to informational resources, and to provide an up-to-date collection of library materials which support and enhance the educational programs of the College.”

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