February 2024

Library Announcements:

RUC Textbooks on Reserve in Library!

Attention Radford University Carilion students!

Many of the required textbooks for your classes are on reserve here in the RHEC Library! They are available to be checked out 2 hours at a time, in-library use only. Search our catalog for the textbook you need.

(Don't see your textbook? Please check with RUC Library!)


Scholarship Opportunity

Did you know there's a scholarship available just for Roanoke Higher Education Center students?

The RHEC Foundation is accepting applications now through March 21st for its needs-based scholarship program for minority students. If you are from a minority population and are pursuing or plan to pursue a program through the RHEC, you are eligible!

Apply Now!

New Print Books

Featured new academic, non-fiction, and study guide titles:

New Ebooks

Featured new titles to our ebook collections:

  • The Pomegranate Principle: Best Practices in Diversity Recruiting by Rory Verrett & Peter Birkeland | Access via O'Reilly

  • Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow by Lea Pica | Access via O'Reilly

  • The Steadfast Leader: Control Anxiety, Make Confident Decisions, and Focus Your Team Using the New Science of Leadership by Randy Brazie & Geoggrey Vanderpal | Access via O'Reilly

  • Strategic: The Skill to Set Direction, Create Advantage, and Achieve Executive Excellence by Rich Horwath | Access via O'Reilly

  • Reimagine Inclusion: Debunking 13 Myth to Transform Your Workplace by Mita Mallick | Access via O'Reilly
How to access: To access O'Reilly titles select your institution as "Not Listed" and enter your academic email address ending in .edu. OSO, Wiley, Springer, and Taylor & Francis titles are available while connected to the RHEC network.

Featured Resource:

The HistoryMakers Digital Archive

The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is an easy-to-use online oral history database featuring thousands of interviews from African Americans distinguished in the fields of science, culture, politics, the arts, and public lifeThis resource provides high-quality video content, fully searchable transcripts, and unique content from individuals whose life stories would have been lost were it not for the HistoryMakers.

How to access: if you're using the RHEC network, via wired connection or wi-fi, you automatically have access.

Try Out HistoryMakers

This Month's Book Display:

Black History Month

This month the library is celebrating Black History Month by displaying books in our collection that highlight the history and accomplishments of African-Americans. The display features biographies, memoirs, non-fiction narratives, graphic novels, and more.

Stop by this month to check out the display!

Check Out The Display

Special Event:

Roanoke's Black Medical History

A lecture and discussion on Roanoke’s Black medical history will take place at the Gainsboro Branch Library on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. in honor of Black History Month. The presentation is sponsored by Roanoke Public Libraries, Virginia Tech Roanoke Center, and the Roanoke Higher Education Center. The event is free, open to the public, and will include talks by local historian Jordan Bell and local physician Dr. Conrad Claytor.


At a time when health care was segregated, many doctors, nurses, and dentists spent their lives treating patients of Roanoke’s African American community. Roanoke became home to Burrell Memorial Hospital in 1915, as well as the Burrell Training School for Nurses in 1921, which at the time was the only nursing school in Virginia to train Black nurses. Roanoke also became home to the Magic City Medical Society, the Claytor Memorial Clinic, and the Burrell Pharmacy. In 1941 the Hunton Life Saving Crew formed, becoming the first African American rescue squad in the country.

Want to learn more? Join us for this presentation, and then check out these additional resources to learn more about African American medical history in Roanoke.