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What are the library hours?
Library is open:
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
During semester breaks and national holidays the library may have different hours.
Can I use a computer?
Students, faculty, staff and community members are all welcome to use the library facilities. This includes the computers and library materials.
How do I check out materials from the library?
All patrons need a library card to check out materials. To get a card, fill out a simple form and show photo ID. Community members (those patrons who are not current students, faculty, or staff) may also get a library card. Community members fill out a simple form, show photo ID, and provide a social security number.
What is the loan period for library materials?
Books and DVDs: 4 weeks (28 days) with the possibility of one additional 4-week renewal. Some sections of the collection (popular reading and child care) cannot be renewed. If an item is on hold for another person, the item cannot be renewed.
Some materials may have special loan periods. See Circulation Policies for more information.
Can I return library materials to either campus library?
Yes. Library materials can be returned at either the Chester or Midlothian libraries.
Both libraries also provide a book drop outside the building.
How many books can I check out at a time?
Students may check out up to 30 items.
Community members may check out 15 items.
How do I renew a book?
During normal library hours patrons may renew books in person or by telephone.
Chester Circulation Desk: 804-706-5195
Midlothian iDesk: 804-594-1519
Books may also be renewed online through My Account in QuickSearch.
To renew online, sign into the My Account section of the catalog with your myTyler username and password. The items you have borrowed will be shown. Select the items you wish to renew and click RENEW SELECTED or chose the option for RENEW ALL. If the item is eligible for renewal, a new date will appear. If the item is ineligible for renewal, a note will appear next to the due date.
If you are having difficulty accessing your account, please call the library. We are happy to assist you in renewing your materials.
Can I get a book from a different library?
Yes. Library staff can help you in multiple ways to get the right book:
Why should I use the library databases? Google always gets me what I need.
How do I access library databases from off-campus?
Use your myTyler username for remote access to library databases.
Can community members use library databases?
Yes, community members can use library databases in the library. To use the resources remotely off campus, you must be a current student or faculty member of John Tyler.
Does the library have a fax machine?
No. The library does not have a fax machine for student use. Library staff can help you scan and email a document, if that will work for your situation.
How much does printing cost?
Black and white pages are $0.10 each. Details here.
Does the library have a photocopier for public use?
Yes. Both campus libraries have photocopiers available. The copiers accept the same print cards used on the printers (student IDs and guest print cards). Details here.
Can I reserve a study room?
No. Study rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Both campus libraries have study tables as well as study rooms available. Please note that the Midlothian library gives preference to groups of two or more people. Individuals may be asked to relocate or share a room. The Chester library requires students to sign-in for study room use.
What is myTyler?
myTyler allows students to access Blackboard, the Student Information System, VCCS student e-mail, library services, and the Virginia Education Wizard from one location, using one login.
In the Library, myTyler is used for logging into the online resources, placing a hold on a book, and your webmail access. Access it here, myTyler.
For students, your myTyler login is the same as the first part of your college e-mail address. If you do not know your username, locate your username.
If you have not already created your password, forgotten it, or need to change it, please visit the page on changing your myTyler password.
Can I bring my laptop?
Yes. Wi-Fi is available in both campus libraries for students.
I am a guest users, can I connect to the WiFi?
Yes. WiFi is available in both campus libraries for guests.