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Named in honor of Dr. Norman Fintel, eighth president of Roanoke College, and his wife, Jo, the Fintel Library offers a collection of over 400,000 physical total items and over one million electronic resources. The facility is handicapped accessible; offers seating for over 600; includes individual and group study rooms; has a "silent study" floor, two computer lab areas, and the Goode-Pasfield Center for Learning and Teaching.

More than 3,000 new items are added to the collection annually. Besides the sheer size of the collection, Fintel Library is proud to offer the latest in electronic journals (providing access to the full text of thousands of titles) from more than 200 databases and a wide selection of multi-media materials. Among the most popular items is the 4,000+ volume DVD collection. In addition, the library is also a selective depository library for United States Government Documents.

Fintel Library has a combined catalog and shares its collection with the Wyndham Robertson Library at Hollins University through a reciprocal borrowing agreement. This agreement has the effect of placing many additional volumes in the hands of our students. A weekday courier service provides delivery within 24-hours of a request.

The Fintel Library houses the Roanoke College Archives. In addition to the historical records relating to the College, the holdings include rare books, the papers of both former Secretary of the Treasury Henry H. Fowler and former Congressman James R. Olin, and the photographs of E. Howard Hammersley. The Archives also has on deposit the records of the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.