Guest Borrowers and Visiting Researchers

Hollins University welcomes all area residents to use the Wyndham Robertson Library. Guests are invited to use the books, periodicals and government information collections within the library.

To help us maintain an effective and enjoyable working environment for the Hollins community, use of the library and its resources is contingent upon your agreement with the following principles:

  • Respect others, do not engage in disruptive behavior. Disruptive behavior is behavior that interferes with or disrupts anyone’s ability to learn or work in the library.
  • Be responsible, if you bring children under the age of 12 into the library, do not leave them unsupervised.
  • Respect library materials, treat them with care so that others may enjoy them.
  • We welcome all service animals; please do not bring non-service animals into the library.
  • Flyers and posters should be submitted to library staff, for posting in the Coffee Commons and by the ground floor elevator entrance. Any marketing materials found elsewhere in the building will be recycled

Library Cards

A library card is required to check out materials for use outside the building. Please register at the first floor Circulation Desk. Students and faculty from schools participating in VIVA Cooperative Borrowing may be asked to log into your school’s online directory, or present other proof of your current status.

Who is eligible for a card?

  • Alumnae/i of Hollins University
  • Area residents of 18 years or older, not enrolled in area high schools.
  • Students attending classes at the Roanoke Higher Education Center (RHEC).
  • Students, faculty and staff from schools participating in the VIVA Cooperative Borrowing Program.

Borrowing Privileges

Returns, Renewals, Notices, Lost Item Fees

For more information on borrowing from our library, see our main Borrowing Policies Page.

Databases for Public Use (funding by VIVA)

Public Database access. (access only while in the library)

Access is made possible by support from VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, a consortium of nonprofit academic libraries within Virginia. Members of the public may only access these databases when visiting the library at Hollins (or another institution of higher education participating in VIVA). Access from any other location is not possible.  VIVA is funded through support from the Virginia General Assembly, augmented by the local institutional library budgets.

Borrowing Rules for Guests

The need of Hollins University students and faculty will be given first priority. With this in mind, some restrictions apply to guest borrowers and to non-affiliated students:

  • Guest borrowers may not recall an item that is checked out.
  • Items loaned are subject to immediate recall if needed by a Hollins borrower.
  • Although Roanoke College and Hollins University have a combined online catalog, Hollins University Guest Borrowers (both Community Patrons and Hollins University Alumni) are not eligible to borrow materials from the Roanoke College library.
  • Interlibrary Loan services are not provided. Please visit your local public library for this service.
  • We regret that we can only answer reference questions from members of the Hollins community or questions about Hollins University and its library collections. If you are not affiliated with Hollins, please contact your local public library.

What are my responsibilities?

  • Library cards are not transferable.
  • Please notify the library of any change in your mailing address, email address, and/or telephone number.

Last updated: May 19, 2023 at 8:58 am