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Books


Find a Book

QuickSearch is a tool to find books, ebooks, films, audiobooks, articles, and more. Here patrons can view, reserve and renew materials online. QuickSearch includes materials from both the Midlothian and Chester Libraries and also from collections available online.

  • Search QuickSearch with a keyword, an author, or a title.
  • Click on the title of the item for more information.
  • Prefer the classic catalog?

Check out a Book

A library card is required to check out books, headphones, computers, and other library equipment. Library cards are also needed to reserve items. The loan period for most items is four weeks, with one renewal.

Books checked out at one campus library may be returned to the other campus library. Both campuses also have an outdoor book drop.

 Patrons can check their library record through the SIGN IN link in QuickSearch. Use your myTyler login to access your information. Through MY ACCOUNT, patrons can check on holds, renew books and update their library record.

Library materials can be requested for delivery at either campus. Generally this takes 1-2 business days.

To request using QuickSearch:

  1. Find an item in QuickSearch.
  2. Click on the link for REQUEST THIS ITEM. Sign-in with myTyler if prompted by link.
  3. Select pick-up location from drop down menu.
  4. Click on HOLD.
  5. Library staff will e-mail you when book arrives.

To request using the classic catalog

  • Find book in catalog.
  • Click on TITLE of book for more information.
  • Click on LOCATION (at the bottom of the page.)
  • Click on REQUEST THIS ITEM.
  • Enter your myTyler information. Click GO.
  • Check campus—Chester or Midlothian?
  • Library Staff will email when book arrives.

Need more help with the classic catalog? Try this video tutorial (PowerPoint version too) or give the library a call. Library staff can walk you through the process or place the request for you.

Use the Interlibrary Loan Service to request materials (books, articles, DVDs) that are not available in JTCC Library collections.

  • Allow 1 - 4 weeks for delivery of materials such as books, DVDs, and dissertations.
  • Allow 1 - 7 business days for delivery of articles and book chapters.
  • Delivery, turnaround time, and due dates are determined by the lending institutions.
  • Usually there is no charge for borrowing materials from another library.
  • Visit either campus library information desk to make a request or call the Chester library at 804-706-5198 or the Midlothian library at 804-594-1519.
  • Interlibrary loan services are available for Tyler students, faculty, and staff only. 

Neighboring academic libraries often allow students to explore their collections.

These materials may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan or with a RALC pass. Ask a librarian for assistance.

Local academic libraries:

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Library of Virginia

Randolph-Macon College

Richard Bland College

Union Presbyterian Seminary

University of Richmond

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia State University

Virginia Union University

Check with other local libraries to see what their collections offer. Many of these public libraries are available to community members, even if they do no reside in the particular locality.

Local public libraries:

Appomattox Regional Library

Chesterfield County Public Library

Colonial Heights Public Library

County of Henrico Public Library

Petersburg Public Library

Richmond Public Library

Access multiple library catalogs through the following links:

LibDex: Worldwide listing of library web sites and catalogs.

Library of Virginia: State Library of Virginia, open to the public.

Richmond Area Library Consortium (RALC) Union Catalog: Cooperative association of eleven Richmond/Petersburg area academic libraries.

Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA): Libraries of the public universities, colleges, and community colleges in Virginia.

Virginia Community Colleges Library Catalogs: Search all Virginia’s community colleges catalogs at once. 

First Search and (mobile-friendly) WorldCat: Search online catalogs from thousands of libraries worldwide.