Named in honor of Dr. Norman Fintel, eighth president of Roanoke College, and his wife, Jo, the Fintel Library offers more than 400 seats, including individual and group study carrels. The Library subscribes to over 700 periodicals and newspapers and has in excess of 208,000 volumes in open stacks. Additionally, the library has access to 10,000 periodicals and newspapers full text online as well as 27,000 e-books. It is a selective depository library for United States Government Documents.

The Fintel Library shares an integrated computerized Library catalog with Hollins University. This allows for searches of both libraries’ holdings, including books, periodicals, audiovisual materials (videotapes, DVDs, audiotapes, etc.), and government documents. Searches may be done in the Library or from its webpage, Library books requested from Hollins are delivered by courier, Monday- Friday, while classes are in session. Material not available in the Fintel/Hollins catalog can usually be obtained through Interlibrary Loan, which enables patrons to borrow books and other materials via a worldwide computer network.

The Library provides access to web-based research systems for searching journal and reference sources, as well as the holdings of other Virginia libraries and academic libraries worldwide. Other services are listed on the library’s webpage. The Fintel Library houses the Roanoke College Archives. In addition to the College’s archival materials, it also includes 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 Fintel Library staff is dedicated to assisting students with informational and research requests. Bibliographic instruction classes are scheduled for GST 101 and GST 102 classes and may be scheduled for any upper division course. Individual reference appointments may be scheduled for assistance with research. The library staff welcomes suggestions for service and materials; suggestions may be made via the library catalog or in person.



Mon - Thurs 8:00 a.m -12:00 midnight

Friday 8:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m.

Saturday 12:00 noon -5:30 p.m.

Sunday 12:00 noon -12:00 midnight

Open 24 hours during final exams.


Hours vary; please click on the "Hours" link on the Library web page


Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday Closed