RUC Library


About the Radford University Carilion Library

We are a health-sciences-focused library located on the 5th floor of the Roanoke Community Hospital Building. This library serves the information and research needs of the RUC campus in Roanoke, Virginia.

As a member of the RUC community, you can work with health sciences librarians (in person, via chat and email, and through phone calls and Zoom sessions.) We have a collection of specialized, health-care-related books and materials at RUC and you can also use the books and other items housed at Radford's main campus library. You'll have access to over 300 databases, a collection of popular reading fiction, a 20-computer lab & two combination printer/scanner/copiers. We host regular events and programming offered throughout the year. 

To download a map of the RUC Library, click here and for more information about how to get the most out of your RUC Library experience, please enroll in our online D2L course!

Contact Us

For assistance, email, call the front desk at 540-831-2272, or see staff directory below. To learn more about us, visit the page called "Meet the RUC Library" in our D2L course.


Jamie Price (Asst. Prof.)
Head of RUC Library


Rhiannon Cooke
Circulation Coordinator
RUC LIbrary


Mary Catherine Santoro (Asst. Prof.)
Clinical Instruction and
Outreach Librarian
RUC Library, Research Services


Crystal Dent
Library Specialist
RUC Library, Technical Services


Christina Manzo (Asst. Prof)
User Experience and Assessment Librarian
RUC Library, Research Services

Using the RUC Library


Searching for Articles

You can find and explore individual databases by using the A-Z databases list.

Super Search is often a great place to start your research. It searches many of the library resources (including many databases, articles, etc.) in one place. It can be accessed by using the search box on the homepage (pictured below) or by clicking on the Super Search link on the A-Z Databases list under "S."

We also provide lists of databases recommended for particular subjects or programs at RUC, like the ones below:

Health Sciences
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Psychology & Psychiatry
Public Health
Respiratory Therapy

You can always get articles from other libraries completely free of charge via interlibrary loan. For more information, download our handout titled  "Getting a Book or Article the Library Doesn't Own."

Searching for Books & eBooks

You can request any books (whether print or eBooks) owned by either the McConnell Library in Radford, VA or the RUC Library in Roanoke, VA. To learn more about how to request a book from the McConnell Library (without driving there), please download our handout titled "Borrowing a Book from Main Campus."  

The catalog is a listing of the books, ebooks, and other items the library has for patrons to use. You can search the catalog in many different ways, including searching by title, author, or subject and the catalog entry will give you information about which library has the item, whether is it a physical item (such as a print book) or digital (such as an ebook), and whether or not the item is currently available.

If you qualify for our library mailing services (check the qualifications here), you can always request that print books be mailed to you by selecting the “Mail" option in the "Pick Up Options" dropdown menu when placing a hold.

You can also request access to books, articles, and other media the Radford University Libraries do not own free of charge via interlibrary loan. For more information about the interlibrary loan process, please download our handout titled "Getting a Book or Article the Library Doesn't Own."

How-To Guides

How-To Guides are a great on-demand resource  because they are available 24/7, which makes them ideal for troubleshooting questions that come up outside of regular library hours. How-To Guides contain helpful information and resources on a particular subject. They are created by librarians and are specific to the Radford University Libraries. For guides specifically for RUC, visit RUC Library How-To Guides or choose one from the list below:

AMA Citation Guide
NLM Style Guide
Physician Assistant Resources
PICO: Forming a Clinical Question
Radford University Carilion Faculty Authors

    Printing, Copying, and Scanning

    All members of the RUC community have access to a 20-computer lab & 2 combination printer/scanner/copiers located within the RUC Library. To learn how to do common tasks like printing, copying, and scanning, please see the list of our "5 Easy Steps" flyers below:

    Printing in 5 Easy Steps
    Copying in 5 Easy Steps
    Scanning in 5 Easy Steps
    Adding Money to Your ONE Card in 5 Easy Steps
    Getting Started with Microsoft Office (Windows 11) in 5 Easy Steps

    Events & Social Media

    The RUC Library regularly updates their social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram with informative library trivia, photos from library events, and updates from the library mascots: Slim B. Nobody, and his pet rats Pratchett and Magrat.

    For a complete list of all future library events, please visit our RUInvolved page.

    For Faculty

    Course Reserves:

    Professors wishing to place a book or other item on reserve for a course should fill out and submit the following Course Reserves Form to Crystal Dent at

    Instruction Requests:

    RUC faculty seeking library instruction or assistance for classes should contact Clinical Instruction & Outreach Librarian Mary Catherine Santoro at