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FRAML: Mission, & Vision

Staff Hours

Monday: 7 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 7 am - 7 pm
Wednesday: 7 am - 7 pm
Thursday: 7 am - 7 pm
Friday: 8 am - 5 pm

Sunday: 8 am - 3 pm
*The library remains accessible 24 hours a day.

Monday: 8 am - 6 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 6 pm
Thursday: 8 am - 6 pm
Friday: 8 am - 6 pm
*The library remains accessible 24 hours a day.

Monday: 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm
Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
*The library remains accessible during building hours.

Our Story

The library at RVU was envisioned by, directed by, and eventually named for Dr. Frank Ritchel Ames. I started at RVU on June 10, 2008. Frank was the veteran of the department – he started on June 9. He was a scholar- two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. attest to that. He was a mentor – hardly anyone who worked here back then can claim not to have been altered in some way by Frank. He was a humanitarian – devising and establishing the Department of Medical Humanities, a department of his dreaming which has so ably been brought to fruition and prominence by Dr. Nicole Michels. And he was a friend – I have a picture of him in my office, and I would wager that at least five other faculty members here have photos of him in their offices or on their doors (hint: don’t take that bet).

The “old timers” at RVU will vividly remember having chats with Frank, his glasses perched on his forehead not high enough to be stable on his head, but certainly not low enough to actually help him see. Within a day or so, whatever the content of that conversation was, there would be a book on the faculty member’s desk, which crystalized exactly the point made, or advanced the idea discussed. He would sit in his office and play the guitar with beauty and expertise. He once decided to draw a portrait of each American president, and they looked like professional renderings (although he used to come to work and remark that “we’ve had some weird looking Presidents). He loved subversive podcasts and good paintings and strong margaritas and chain restaurants and figuring things out and new ideas and feminist poetry and learning theory.

Virtually every day, Frank would make me laugh and make me think. And not just me, but so many others in this community. As new classes matriculate and new students become part of our community, it saddens me that they will never meet Frank.  So, next time you walk into the library, look at the plaque on your right or look at the letters on the wall above the doorway. Next time you have a few minutes, walk into the offices of any of the faculty or staff who have been here for a few years and ask them to tell you their favorite Dr. Ames story. You’ll love hearing the story, but likely not as much as they’ll love telling it. 

- Dr. Brian Schwartz


The Frank Ritchel Ames Memorial Library fosters information literacy by providing instructions and resources designed to enhance scholarship and learning, and inspires students to serve their patients and communities with compassion, integrity, and excellence. 


The Frank Ritchel Ames Memorial Library:

  • Empowers students to take ownership of information. 
  • Encourages the construction of new knowledge. 
  • Builds and supports a culture of inquiry and learning. 
  • Stimulates the inherent curiosity of the RVU community. 
  • Models evidence-base information seeking. 
  • Develops a collection that celebrates diversity of thought, lifestyle, and culture, and is informed by best practices and cutting-edge technology. 
  • Fosters community, dedicated to the higher purpose of patient and community engagement.

Our Services

Classrooms: RVU’s Community can reserve large and small classrooms in Colorado and Utah. Classrooms are equipped with audio/video equipment for in-person and online meetings.

Individual & Group Study Rooms: RVU’s Community can reserve study rooms on iNet in Colorado and Utah and Outlook in Montana. Study Rooms include tables, chairs, and whiteboards.

Library Instruction: RVU’s Community can join several instruction sessions during the academic year. Information about upcoming sessions is posted on our website, on the student activities calendar, found on digital displays throughout the building, and on foam boards outside the Library. Furthermore, faculty can request that a member of the Library team provide targeted instruction to their students.

Purchase Requests: RVU’s Community can request that the Library purchase books, articles, and supplies on their behalf through our website.

Research Consultations: RVU’s Community can request one-on-one or group research consultations with a member of our research team. Consultations can be booked through our website, through Navigate, or by emailing the research team directly.

Wellness Activities: RVU’s Community can join a number of the Library’s wellness activities. The Library hosts weekly yoga sessions in Colorado, quarterly book club meetings on each campus, and a bi-yearly “Hurrah for Humanities” event to encourage our community to read over winter and summer break.

Our Resources

The Library has access to over 45+ million articles through our online eJournal packages. Our community can use Library Literature Search (on our website), Scopus, and PubMed (via MEDLINEComplete) to locate articles through our collection. Furthermore, if the Library does not have an article in our collection, our community can submit a purchase request through iNet or Article Galaxy Scholar.

The Library has over 2000 eBooks that can be accessed from anywhere. Furthermore, numerous eBook packages (e.g. AccessMedicine, Case Files, LWW Health Library) offer interactive online question banks and other multimedia resources. On average, students can access 60% of their Required or Recommended (R&R) textbooks through one of our subscription packages. Detailed information about our R&R textbooks can be found on our website under "Highlighted Collections".

Students, Faculty, and Staff have online access to world-class point-of-care resources (POCs) that will support faculty in the classroom and students during third and fourth-year rotations. Our community has access to Up-To-Date, DynaMed, and VisualDx through their laptop devices and on the go via their phones and tablets.  The Library offers training sessions throughout the year so our community can familiarize themselves with our POCs.

Library Orientation

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Colorado Campus
8401 South Chambers Road
Parker, CO 80112
(720) 875-2847

Utah Campus
255 East Center Street
Ivins, UT, 84738
(435) 222-1333

Montana Campus
4130 Rocky Vista Way
Billings, MT 59106
(406) 901-2753