The Regina Library and the Cho Educational Resource Center are the resource libraries for students, faculty, and staff. The library staff, in collaboration with the University faculty, serves the research needs of the community. To meet a diversified curriculum and the academic requirements of the Rivier University community, the libraries currently have approximately 95,000 volumes, subscribe to roughly 260 journal titles (of which about 150 are electronic), and patrons have online access through the library website to approximately 50,000 electronic books and approximately 80 online research databases (which provide access to over 20,000 electronic journals). A reference librarian is available at the library for more than 95 hours each week. Students needing reference assistance may also contact a reference librarian from off-campus by telephone, text, e-mail, or chat online.
Interlibrary loan (ILL) services are provided for students and faculty to obtain materials for research that are not available through the library collection or databases. Patrons can track, review and retrieve their ILL requests through the RivILL portal, which is accessible through the Regina Library website. Books are delivered to the library for patrons to pick up.
Rivier expanded the Regina Library in 2008 by approximately 13,000 square feet and renovated the existing library significantly. The highlights of the expansion and renovation include a new Reference Room, Electronic Classroom, Café with seating for 30 guests, a Quiet Study, six Group Study rooms (three which are reservable) and large open spaces for collaborative group work. Wireless access to the University network is available throughout the building so students can bring their own laptop computers, tablets, etc. or borrow a library laptop. There are also over 50 computer work stations available for student use as well as 8 printers.
Cho Educational Resource Center
The Cho Educational Resource Center (ERC) is a branch of the Regina Library and is located on the second floor of The Benoit Education Center. The ERC houses a unique collection of materials that support curriculum development and lesson planning for students in the majors of education and counseling. The items available are those that could be found in a typical classroom, such as textbooks, instructional kits, games, and educational software. Additionally, the ERC has a diverse collection of juvenile books, including picture books, easy readers, and non-fiction books. The project room offers a space for students to create cut outs for bulletin board projects, games, etc. Students may also submit materials for lamination if they wish. The open main room, tables, and group study room foster an environment of collaboration and discussion among students working on group or individual projects.
The Writing and Resource Center
Rivier’s Writing and Resource Center offers various services to students who seek to improve their writing, learning, and study efficiency. Designed to serve excellent students as well as those encountering academic difficulties, the Center is staffed by both professional writing consultants and paraprofessional student tutors equipped to tutor in all disciplines. The Writing and Resource Center maintains a library of communications skills materials consisting of literature, writing, grammar, and study skills texts and manuals. It also maintains a current syllabus and assignment file for faculty and student use. The Writing and Resource Center offers day and limited evening hours. Credits earned through courses and tutorials may serve as electives toward graduation.
Academic Computer Center
The Academic Computing Center provides students with state-of-the-art hardware and software to facilitate coursework and research. Three classrooms (located in Sylvia Trottier Hall, The Benoit Education Center, and Memorial Hall), each with 20 high-speed computers, provide a superb, hands-on learning environment. The Regina Library has a classroom with 25 PCs, as well as 14 high-speed computers throughout the library especially for bibliographic research. Additionally, there is a computer lab for general student use located in Sylvia Trottier Hall. All computers are connected to the Rivier University network and provide direct access to the Internet. Standard software includes Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and much more. Courses are taught using the latest industry and academic standards such as Linux, SPSS, and C++ as well as many specialty applications used by specific academic programs.
The Benoit Education Center
Education and counseling classes are held in The Benoit Education Center, considered the finest facility of its kind in northern New England. This 43,000 square-foot building houses state-of-the-art classrooms, The Landry Early Childhood Center, an eight-room early childhood center/laboratory school, a parenting resource center, and faculty offices. Other special features for students include teaching method laboratories, counseling rooms with one-way observation windows, an extensive curriculum library/educational resource center with recently published textbooks, computer software, videotapes and videodisks, specially equipped satellite-linked rooms, and a computer network laboratory connected to the Internet.
Sylvia Trottier Hall houses state-of-the-art laboratories for nursing. Please refer to the program section for detailed descriptions of these facilities.