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Ruby Pope-Drumm Health Sciences Library

Welcome to Riverside’s Health Science Library, home to over 5,000 titles, online resources and more.
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The Ruby Pope-Drumm Health Sciences Library is open to all members of the Riverside Health System, offering a variety of resources to students, health care professionals, faculty, medical staff and residents, employees and members of the community.

The library was originally established in 1922 and was later named in honor of one of Riverside College of Health Careers’ most influential Aluma, Ruby Pope-Drumm. Ruby was a 1948 graduate of what was then the Riverside School of Professional Nursing and went on to serve for more than 20 years in the air force. She stayed in close contact with the school and never forgot her time and experiences with Riverside.

The welcoming library staff is available to aid patrons with medical and nursing literature searches and take in-person requests, during normal business hours, or requests by phone, fax or email.

Tel: (757) 240-2400
Fax: (757) 240-2403/2401
Email: [email protected]

Library Resources at a Glance

Monday:  7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday:  7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Along with student lounges, the library offers a spacious, silent study zone for students and patrons to focus on their work without interruption.


The library houses over 5,000 titles in medicine, nursing, allied health, and management resources, as well as a popular fiction collection. You may check out books and audiovisual materials for four weeks with a valid RHS ID/badge.

Book Renewal

You may renew books either in person, over the phone, or via email.

Book Drop

Conveniently located just outside the library, we have a book drop for after-hours book returns.

Interlibrary Loan

The library currently does not borrow books from other libraries.


Over 200 medical and nursing journal titles are available. The library provides access to some journals in electronic format. Search the EBSCO and OVID databases for access to thousands of journals online.


The library will provide articles required for the ACOG continuing education modules. Please email us if you want to be added to this service. Service subscribers will be notified each time new readings are posted and provided with the password. The articles are posted electronically and cannot be delivered via courier or mail services.

Interlibrary Loan

If a journal article you need is not in our collection, we can often get it for you from another library. Interlibrary loan services are restricted to RHS employees for job- related purposes. Please send a request via email or fax. Ordered items are normally received within one to three working days. Copyright laws often determine how many copies of a journal article can be made, how many articles within a certain issue can be copied, and sometimes restrict loans of certain materials. We will notify you if an article cannot be obtained through the reciprocal borrowing program.

Photocopying Requests

The library offers photocopying of journal articles for Riverside medical staff. All copies are subject to copyright guidelines.


Photocopy machines are available in the library to copy and print library materials. Copies are $.10 per page for black and white pages and $.25 for color. The library adheres to copyright compliance laws when photocopying.

The library houses two computer labs for classes and testing. The first-floor computer lab is open for patrons when not in use for classes or testing.

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Campus Study Spaces

Alumni Room

The Alumni Room is one of RCHC students' favorite spaces on campus. It offers a cozy and quiet communal space for students to study and connect with peers. The Alumni Room also houses the college’s archives and artifacts from the past 100+ years.

Campus Information
5,000+ Hard Copy Titles
200+ Print Journals
100+ eBooks
4,000+ Online Journals
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Campus Study Spaces

The Treehouse Café

This popular study space on campus is great for group projects and group study sessions. RCHC will often host pop-ups with bagels and coffee for students in the cafe during final exams.

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