Borrowing from Other Local Libraries


Borrowing Privileges at Local Libraries: the Richmond Area Library Consortium (RALC)

Through an agreement with the Richmond Area Library Consortium (RALC) , you have in-person borrowing privileges at many local libraries. To obtain a pass to borrow materials from participating libraries, please visit the John Tyler Libraries' information desks. The following libraries participate in RALC:

  • J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College
  • Library of Virginia
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • University of Richmond
  • Richard Bland College

Borrowing Privileges at Virginia Academic Libraries: the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)

JTCC Library is a member of the Cooperative Borrowing Program of VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia . You can request to borrow materials on-site from any participating library.

  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Union University
  • Union Presbyterian Seminary

Other Library Catalogs

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:

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.

Interlibrary Loan


Need an article not in the databases? Found the perfect book….at another library? John Tyler Library can borrow items from libraries across the country through Interlibrary Loan. This service is available for John Tyler students, faculty and staff.

Interlibrary Loan materials will be shipped to the JTCC Library, where you can pick them up and return them. It may take up to two weeks to process; however, requests generally arrive within seven days.

Guidelines:

  • Please provide as much information (title, author, date, ISBN, etc.) as you can about the item you need. Staff can help you with this.
  • Your items will be available for you at the campus where you submitted the request.
  • You must return the item or request a renewal before the due date. However, the lending library may decline your renewal request and may recall their items at any time.
  • You are responsible for the costs of lost or damaged interlibrary loan materials.
  • Request articles individually. Libraries do not loan complete issues of journals or magazines.

In addition to these policies, the library follows the National Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States (1994, revised in 2001), Copyright Law, Title 17, U.S. Code, the Virginia Interlibrary Loan Code of 1989, and the Virtual Library of Virginia Interlibrary Loan Guidelines of June 2004.

Submit your request online with the Interlibrary Loan Form.

Interlibrary Loan Form

Library Study Rooms


Group Study Rooms

Visit the information desks at either campus to sign into a study room.  Study rooms have a two hour time limit that is enforced when other students are seeking an available room.

Faculty and Department Liaisons


Departments 

Liaison

Department of Education
(EDU)
Lisa Payne, 804-706-5202
   
Department of English
(ENG, ENF, ESL)
Molli Gonzalez, 804-594-1518
   
Department of Humanities
(CHI, FRN, GEO, GER, HIS, HUM, JPN, PHI, PLS, REL, RUS, SPA)
Molli Gonzalez, 804-594-1518
   
Department of Social Sciences
(PSY, SOC)
Lisa Payne, 804-706-5202
   
Department of Visual Arts
(ART, PHT)
Molli Gonzalez, 804-594-1518
   
Department of Performing Arts
(CST, DAN MUS)
Molli Gonzalez, 804-594-1518
   
Department of Business and Accounting
(ACC, BUS, CON, ECO, FIN, MTK)
Sharon Weiner, 804-706-5201, 804-594-1523
   
Department of Engineering
(EGR)
Sharon Weiner, 804-706-5201, 804-594-1523
   
Department of Industrial Technology
(AIR, ARC, CAD, CIV, DRF, ELE, GIS, IND, MAC, MEC, WEL)
Lisa Payne, 804-706-5202
   
Department of Information Technology
(CSC, ITD, ITE, ITN, ITP, LGL)
Molli Gonzalez, 804-594-1518
   
Department of Public Services
(ADJ, CHD, MHS, MEN)
Lisa Payne, 804-706-5202
   
Department of Emergency Medical Services
(EMS)
Sharon Weiner, 804-706-5201, 804-594-1523
   
Department of Exercise and Health
(HLT, PED, RPK)
Lisa Payne, 804-706-5202
   
Department of Funeral Services
(FNS)
Lisa Payne, 804-706-5202
   
Department of Mathematics
(MTH, MTE)
Sharon Weiner, 804-706-5201, 804-594-1523
   
Department of Natural Sciences
(BIO, CHM, ENV, GOL, NAS, PHY)
Molli Gonzalez, 804-594-1518
   
Department of Nursing
(NUR)
Lisa Payne, 804-706-5202
   

Donating to the Library


Book Donations
The Library accepts donations of books that are current, in good condition, and in scope for the academic programs or co-curricular needs of the students and faculty. If you would like to donate books, please submit a list of book titles, authors, and dates to library@jtcc.edu. A librarian will respond within a week.

Online Students


All Tyler students have access to the libraries’ collection of online resources.  To access materials off-campus, simply enter your myTyler username and password during the authentication process.  If you are having difficulty accessing a resource from an off-campus location, please contact library staff for assistance

The following resources can be used as starting points for all research assignments.

Quick Search

Find books, articles, videos, and more using one search tool.  Quick Search provides access to both campus’ book collections, ebooks, academic and popular articles, and the streaming video service, Films on Demand.  This is a great place to start finding materials for any topic you may be researching.

Academic Search Complete

ASC is a comprehensive scholarly article index. This is an excellent starting place for general research on all sorts of topics (sciences, humanities, technology, and more). ASC provides full-text access to hundreds of scholarly articles and also provides some popular resources from well-known magazines and other periodicals. ASC is also part of the EBSCO collection, which can be used for subject specific collections as well.  See the research guide for help using Academic Search Complete and other EBSCO collections.

Still looking for more databases and online resources?  Visit the A-Z List of Databases to find everything the Tyler libraries have to offer!

The following research guides were created by the Tyler libraries to assist students with using resources, citing information, and accessing specific collections within the Tyler libraries' holdings.

A to Z List of Databases

  • A complete list of databases available to JTCC students. Databases are also organized by subject.

Using the John Tyler Library Website

  • General guide to using the most popular library databases and resources.

Citation Styles and Formatting

  • General guide to creating citations and formatting written documents in APA, MLA, and Chicago style.

Writing Essays

  • General guide highlighting various types of essays, library resources for finding sources and information, and other tips for writing various essays.
  • Includes argumentative essays, literature reviews, research or report essays, text or visual analyses, and annotated bibliographies.

Nursing and Healthcare Resources

  • Guide for students in the nursing or healthcare professions.
  • Databases, books, web resources, citation help, and other information for healthcare studies.

Technical Services

  • General guide for students and library guests to provide information on library computers, printers, WiFi, Microsoft Office, and more.

Need an article not in the databases? Found the perfect book….at another library? John Tyler Library can borrow items from libraries across the country through Interlibrary Loan. This service is available for John Tyler students, faculty and staff.

Download the Interlibrary Loan Form in Word format.

Submit the Interlibrary Loan Form by e-mail to library@jtcc.edu or in person at the Information Desk at the Chester or Midlothian Library. If you have questions, please call 804-706-5198 (Chester) or 804-594-1519 (Midlothian).

Interlibrary Loan materials will be shipped to the JTCC Library, where you can pick them up and return them. It can take up to two weeks to process.

Guidelines:

  • Please provide as much information (title, author, date, ISBN, etc.) as you can about the item you need. Staff can help you with this.
  • Your items will be available for you at the campus where you submitted the request.
  • You must return the item or request a renewal before the due date. However, the lending library may decline your renewal request and may recall their items at any time.
  • You are responsible for the costs of lost or damaged interlibrary loan materials.
  • Request articles individually. Libraries do not loan complete issues of journals or magazines.

In addition to these policies, the library follows the National Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States (1994, revised in 2001), Copyright Law, Title 17, U.S. Code, the Virginia Interlibrary Loan Code of 1989, and the Virtual Library of Virginia Interlibrary Loan Guidelines of June 2004.

Library 101 is a tutorial on Blackboard that will help guide you through various topics relating to the Tyler library and the available resources. Please use this tutorial as a guide or to refresh your information literacy skills. Library 101 covers the following topics:

  • Finding books
  • Finding articles
  • Using scholarly sources
  • Citing information

To access this tutorial, complete the self-enroll option from your Blackboard homepage. Once you have self-enrolled, you will see Library 101 appear in the "My Organizations" section below your "My Blackboard Courses" links.

Screenshot of JTCC Self-Enroll screen with link to JTCC Library 101

Borrowing Privileges at Local Libraries: the Richmond Area Library Consortium (RALC)
Through an agreement with the Richmond Area Library Consortium (RALC), you have in-person borrowing privileges at many local libraries.

Borrowing Privileges at Virginia Academic Libraries: the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)
JTCC Library is a member of the Cooperative Borrowing Program of VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia. You can request to borrow materials on-site from any participating library.

Need Help?

The Tyler libraries are here for all students, whether you are visiting us in-person or virtually. Help is only a click, email, or phone call away!

If you need assistance with library resources or research, please feel free to contact us using the following:

  • Email: library@jtcc.edu
  • Phone: 804-594-1519 (Midlothian) 804-706-5195 (Chester)
  • Staff:
  • Ask-a-Librarian 24/7 Online Chat: This is a 24/7 instant message chat service that connects you with a librarian with access to Tyler’s online library. Please feel free to use this chat service when the Tyler libraries are not available. If the librarian thinks you may still need help with your question, they will send a follow-up to Tyler librarians and we will contact you to see if you still need assistance!
  • Off-campus access information:

Tutorials


Need a little help using the library databases?  Try watching one of our tutorials for extra assistance!  

If you are still having difficulty finding sources, narrowing your topic, or using any of the features of QuickSearch, Academic Search Complete, or other library resources, please contact library staff.  You can reach us by phone, email, online, or in person! Visit the Contact Us page for more information. 

 

**If you are having difficulties hearing the tutorials while using the Internet Explorer browser, please try using Chrome or Firefox browsers to view the tutorials.  Sorry for any inconvenience while the JTCC library works to fix this problem. ** 

What am I Searching


QuickSearch is a new library discovery tool that connects various library resources into one easy search. Use this tool to find John Tyler’s books, ebooks, films, and audiobooks, plus thousands of articles from some of the largest library databases.

QuickSearch Features

  • Combined results from the library catalog and selected online resources/databases
  • Refinement tools to help optimize searching and focus results
  • Easy access to student library accounts to request, save, and share materials

QuickSearch FAQs

What resources am I searching?

Can I find articles in QuickSearch? Can I find books?
Yes, you can find both articles and books using QuickSearch. If you are looking for articles only, use the drop down menu below the search box titled “Show Me: All Items” and change the setting to “Show Me: Articles.” If you are looking for book resources, change the setting to “Show Me: Books.” This will ensure that the results displayed are the types of materials you have selected. 


How do I place a hold request?
To place a hold, you must sign-in using your myTyler username and password. You can do this by clicking on the “Sign In” link at the top of the QuickSearch homepage. Once you are signed in:

  • Find an item you would like to request.
  • Click on the link for “Request this item” (you may be prompted to enter a myTyler username and password if you are not signed in).
  • Select the pick-up location.
  • Click “Hold.”
  • Library staff will email your student account when item is ready for pick-up.


 

How do I check my library account?
To sign in, click on the “Sign In” or “My Account” link at the top of the QuickSearch homepage. Enter your myTyler username and password to enter your account. 


What are the e-shelf and queries tabs?

  • E-shelf- a place to store all the information you find. Save items that you are using for assignments so you can easily go back refer to the original source.
  • Queries- a place to save your searches. Create unique search strings with parameters like date, subject terms, authors, and more. Queries will allow you to save the way you search to find all the same great resources again. 


 

Will QuickSearch replace the classic catalog?
No. QuickSearch relies on the classic library catalog for library records. The classic catalog provides data on library holdings and item availability for QuickSearch to display in a more user-friendly way.

Contact Us


Chester Campus Library

Moyar Hall, M216 
Information Desk: 804-706-5195 
Fax: 804-796-4238
Email: library@jtcc.edu

Midlothian Campus Library

Hamel Hall, H202
Information Desk: 804-594-1519
Fax: 804-594-1525
Email: library@jtcc.edu


Library Staff

Molli Gonzalez- Interim Director of Library Services

Division of Student Success
mgonzalez@jtcc.edu
804-706-5201 (Chester Campus, Moyar Hall)
804-594-1518 (Midlothian Campus, Hamel Hall)
Faculty liaison for the Department of English, the Department of Humanities, the Department of Visual Arts, and the Department of Performing Arts.

Chester Library

Lisa Payne- Open Education Resources and Instruction Librarian
Chester Campus Library - Moyar Hall, M216
804-706-5202
Faculty liaison for the Department of Education, the Department of Social Sciences, the Department of Industrial Technology, the Department of Public Services, the Department of Exercise and Health, the Department of Funeral Services, and the Department of Nursing.

Lynette Kendrick- Library Associate 
Chester Campus Library - Moyar Hall, M216
804-706-5198

Drury Wellford - Acquisitions  
Chester Campus Library - Moyar Hall, M216
804-706-5195

Blaze Pappas- Library Assistant, Cataloger 
Chester Campus Library - Moyar Hall, M216
804-706-5195

Lauren Hall- Library Assistant
Chester Campus Library- Moyar Hall, M216
804-706-5195
 

Midlothian Library

Christine Kush - Library Associate 
Midlothian Campus Library - Hamel Hall, H202e
804-594-1522
 

Bobby Hicks - Instructional Assistant
Midlothian Campus Library - Hamel Hall, H202g
804-594-1521
 

Rebeca Parrott - Library Assistant
Midlothian Campus Library- Hamel Hall, H202e
804-594-1519

Grace Chafin- Library Assistant
Midlothian Campus Librar- Hamel Hall, H202e
804-594-1519

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Workshops and Activities


Library workshops are open to all students, faculty, and staff. Registration is not required and openings are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please allow one hour for all workshop presentations.

Workshops are held in the computer lab located in each campus library.

About the Libraries


John Tyler Libraries’ Mission Statement

The John Tyler Community College Library develops in students the information competencies they need to succeed as lifelong learners.  The Library does this by teaching classes, through individual consultations, and through print and online resources.  The Library provides access to quality information resources to support students, faculty, and administrators in their work.  The Library provides space that is conducive to learning outside of the classroom for JTCC students, faculty, and staff and the community. 

Library Hours

Fall & Spring Semesters

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.
Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours 

May 21 - August 3, 2018

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Reduced Hours and Closings

May 2018

Wednesday, May 9 - Friday, May 11: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 12: CLOSED
Monday, May 14 - Friday, May 18: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 19: CLOSED

Saturday, May 26: CLOSED (Memorial Day Holiday)
Monday, May 28: CLOSED (Memorial Day Holiday)

July 2018

Wednesday, July 4 - Saturday, July 7: CLOSED (Fourth of July Holiday)

August 2018

Saturday, August 4: CLOSED
Monday, August 6 - Friday, August 10: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 11: CLOSED
Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 17: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 18: CLOSED
Monday, August 20 - Friday, August 24: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Saturday, August 25: CLOSED 

Library Locations

Midlothian

800 Charter Colony Pkwy
Midlothian, VA 23114
Hamel Hall, H202
Circulation: 804-594-1519
Reference: 804-594-1520
Fax: 804-594-1525

Chester

13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Chester, VA 23831
Moyar Hall, M216
Circulation: 804-706-5195
Reference: 804-706-5198
Fax: 804-796-4238

Library Policies


Loan Procedures and Definitions 

Circulating items: books, noncurrent magazines, reserve materials, DVDs and video recordings.

Non-circulating items: reference materials, reserve materials (library use only), electronic devices (library use only), and current issue magazines. These items must be used in the library.

  • The loan period is four weeks for most items, with unlimited renewal as long as no requests exist for the item. Library reserves is the only collection with varying loan periods.  Loan periods are determined by the materials' owner.
  • The number of items borrowed is limited by borrower status.
  • Materials may be transferred from one campus library to the other. It may take up to three business days for the material to be received.
  • Requests for materials from the other campus library and renewals may be made online, in person, by phone, or by email. When an item is available for pickup, patrons will be emailed through their JTCC student account. Community borrowers will be contacted via e-mail or phone. Patrons have one week to pick up their materials.
  • All items may be returned to either campus library. Video recordings and DVDs should not be placed in outdoor book drops.
  • Faculty may borrow books at specific academic libraries through the Richmond Academic Library Consortium (RALC). The privileges and procedures are described on the Consortium website at http://org.jsr.vccs.edu/ralc/ILLagreement.htm, section three. Passes may be obtained at either campus library. Students may also get a RALC pass if staff determine that the books they need are not available at John Tyler.  

Fines and Fees

Materials from the library collections do not accrue fines. If items are overdue, the library will send a reminder. If items are overdue for more than 90 days they are considered delinquent or lost. If the item is not returned, patrons will be billed for the delinquent/lost items.  Patrons will be billed for damaged items.  Two additional notices are sent to the patron before the debt information is sent to the State of Virginia. 

Exceptions: Reserves

Some Reserve items are for use only in the library. Some may be checked out for one-day, three-day, or one-week periods.

Delinquent and Damaged Items

Delinquent items are overdue for more than 30 days. The charge for a delinquent/lost or damaged item is:

  • $50 per book or the replacement cost of the book, whichever is greater
  • $10 per cassette or CD
  • $75 per video (VHS tape, DVD) or the replacement cost, whichever is greater
  • $5 per magazine

Patron must also pay any fines.

The Librarian will decide to:

  • Accept the return of delinquent materials
  • Charge the replacement fee

Patrons may be issued a refund for items that they have paid for and are subsequently able to return. Materials must be:

  • Undamaged
  • Returned within 6 months of the original due date of the material
  • Not yet replaced

The replacement fee for lost or damaged Interlibrary Loan material will be determined by the respective lending library.

Unpaid library accounts will prevent students from registering, graduating, and obtaining transcripts.  The Commonwealth of Virginia may recover fees from an individual's state income tax refund, or other such monies issues by the Commonwealth such as lottery winnings. Unpaid debts will be sent to a collection agency and a 33.3% non-refundable fee will be added.  

Group Study Rooms

Visit the information desks at either campus to sign into a study room.  Study rooms have a two hour time limit that is enforced when other students are seeking an available room. 

Food and Drink

Covered drinks and food are allowed in the Library EXCEPT for computer areas.

Library Technology


Computers

Both campus locations provide computers, printers, and Wi-Fi for public and student use.

Chester

  • 50 PC stations
  • Windows 10 and Office 2016
  • Laser printers. Color and black and white available
  • ADF scanner

Midlothian

  • 110 desktop computer station
  • Windows 10 and Office 2016
  • Laser printers. Color and black and white available
  • One flatbed scanner and one ADF scanner

Laptops and Tablets

Laptops and tablets are available for checkout at both campus libraries. 

  • Current students
  • Valid library card or student photo ID
  • INSIDE library use only
  • 4 hour checkout time
  • Student is responsible for entire cost of laptop or tablet if stolen or damaged. This may be over $1000
  • Files saved will be erased when laptop is shut down
  • Chester offers Dell laptops, Google Chromebooks, and Android tablets
  • Midlothian offers Dell laptops, iPad, iPad mini, and Nexus tablets 

The library provides access to laser printers from each computer. Each library also has a public copy machine. The college has a low-cost pay-to-print system.

Overview
  • Black and white and color prints from any computer in the library and through online uploads.
  • B&W and two-sided copies from the copy machine.
  • Per-page rates starting at $0.10.
Getting Started
  • $1.00 is automatically added to all current JTCC student accounts.
  • Sign in to your Pharos account online by visiting https://mobileprint.jtcc.edu and entering your myTyler username and password.
  • Upload and send print documents and view your account information though this site.
  • Students without their student ID and community members can purchase guest print cards at the PHIL machines on both campuses.
Releasing a Print Job

Students

  • After uploading or sending the document to print, go to one of the print release stations and swipe your student ID card or print card. 
  • Select your prints from the list of available print jobs. 
  • Review the amount due for the selected prints and touch the print button to release the print jobs.
  • The total price for the prints will be deducted from your student ID and the prints will release from the printer. 

Community (and students without a student ID)

  • Use the file-print option to send your documents to the guest release station.
  • Swipe your guest print card.
  • Select your prints from the list of available print jobs.
  • Review the amount due for the selected prints and touch the print button to release the print jobs.
  • The total price for the prints will be deducted from your guest print card and the prints will release from the printer. 
Printing FAQs

Why do I have to pay for printing?

  • Recoup some of the cost of printers, toners, maintenance and paper.
  • Reduce waste; encourage students to print only what they need.
  • Fairness. Students that use the service pay for it, rather than charging all students whether they use it or not.

I don’t want to pay to print - what are my alternatives?

  • Save your work to a flash drive.
  • Email your work to yourself.
  • Write it down! Sometimes a few notes are all you need.

How much does it cost to print?

  • Black and white - 10 cents per page
  • Color - 50 cents per page
  • Photocopies - 10 cents per page (must add cash value to print card- see library staff)
  • Students will begin with $1.00 in value on their Pharos account.

Where can I print on campus?

  • Printers are located in each campus library. There are two print kiosks per campus.
  • The Chester Library is located in Moyar Hall on the second floor in M216.
  • The Midlothian Library is located in Hamel Hall on the second floor in H202.
  • You can find a map of each campus here.

Do I have to pay for copies I don’t want or don’t like?

  • The college cannot give refunds for printer malfunctions or unintended copies.
  • Print carefully.

How can I save money while using the printers?

  • Print carefully. Use Print Preview to check documents and sites before sending.
  • Print Multiple. PowerPoint can be printed multiple slides per page. Staff members are happy to show you how.
  • Print only what you need. Do I really need this? Can I use this in another form…or can print just part of it?

How do I add funds to my Pharos account?

  • Pharos only accepts cash to add value to printing accounts.
  • To add value, visit the PHIL machines located in each campus library. Select the option to add funds to your account.
  • Swipe your student ID or print card (magnetic strip to the right) to access your account.
  • Insert bills into the feeder and select the option for “done” when you have inserted the money.
  • If you selected to print a receipt, it will be dispensed from the PHIL machine when your transaction is complete.

I’m a student, but I don’t have a student ID.  Can I still print?

  • Yes.  You can print without a student ID by purchasing a print card from the PHIL machine for $1.00.

I only have cash. Can I still print?

  • Yes. Pharos only accepts cash at this time. PHIL machines do not give change.
  • Library staff members are not able to make change for bills or coins.

Can I add value with a credit or debit card?

  • No. Pharos only accepts cash at this time.  Both campuses have ATMs available.  The Midlothian ATM is located in the Administration Building and on the first floor of Moyar Hall at Chester.
  • Library staff members are not able to make change for bills or coins. PHIL machines do not give change.

I can’t remember my Pharos username/password. What can I do?

  • Pharos usernames and passwords are the same username and password used to access myTyler applications like Blackboard, SIS, and Gmail. Pharos will accept your current myTyler password. Example: John Doe’s username may look like jd1234 or jdoe1234.  Your username is the first part of your John Tyler email address.

What file types are accepted?

  • Pharos accepts .DOC(X), .PDF, .XLS, .PPT, .RTF, .TXT, .PNG, .JPEG, .GIF, .TIFF, .XPS
  • If you have another file type, see library staff for more information on converting to an accepted file type.

Is there any restrictions on file names?

  • Yes. File names must be a minimum of 5 characters and a maximum of 20 characters.
  • Some characters in your file may be changed to accommodate Pharos.

Is there a limit on file size?

  • Yes. Files may be a maximum of 50MB each.
  • Please keep in mind that large documents will take longer to upload and appear at the Pharos release station.

My document failed to print. How do I re-release it or get a refund?

  • Speak to library staff about options to resend or re-release a print job.

Can I print on my own paper or on legal paper?

  • No. Patrons cannot add their personal paper to the printer. Legal size paper is not provided. Documents formatted for 8.5x14 will need to be converted into an 8.5x11 sized document. See library staff for more information.

For more questions and instructions for printing, please see the Technical Services Research Guide for more information. 

The Tyler Library install software to library computers as requested by JTCC faculty members. The following software is available at the campus libraries.

Midlothian

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Adobe Dream Weaver
  • Finale notepad
  • Military CAD card program
  • Net Beans
  • Python
  • AutoDesk Inventor Suite
  • AutoCAD
  • Integrated Accounting
  • IBM Statistics
  • MAT Lab
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Visual Studio

Chester

  • AutoDesk Inventor 2018
  • AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD Architecture 2018
  • Military CAD card program
  • Revit 2018
  • IBM Statistics
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5
  • Visual Studio 2013

Instruction


Requesting Library Instruction

The library offers instruction across the disciplines, and instructional sessions can be customized to meet the instructor's needs. Presentations usually involve student participation. A typical session provides an overview of the library and introduces the online catalog of print books, e-books, streaming media, DVDs, as well as library databases. If a specific assignment is the focus, please provide a copy of the assignment to library staff. 

Other topics include:

  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center database
  • Evaluation of internet sources
  • Identification of peer-reviewed materials
  • Citation and formatting for specific styles (APA, MLA, etc.) 
  • Plagiarism

Both campus libraries have instructional spaces that can seat 30+ students with an instructor’s station, projector, and computers.

To book a session:

  • Midlothian Library: contact the iDesk at 804-594-1519.
  • Chester Library: contact the iDesk at 804-706-5198

Please have the following information ready when you submit your request:

  • Month/day
  • Time and duration of class
  • Class Title (e.g. English 111)
  • Number of students
  • Special requirements, if any

Don’t have time for a library visit? Library staff can come to you, both in-person and online. Ask about availability when booking your instructional session.

Reserving the Library Lab

Instructors can also reserve the library lab for class instruction.  Contact either campus library to check the library lab’s availability. Reserved times are first-come, first-served. 

Subject or course-specific licensed software can be installed in the library labs if licensing permits and adequate lead time is given.

Please have the following information ready when you submit your request:

  • Month/day
  • Time and duration of class
  • Class title (e.g. English 111)
  • Number of students

Library 101

Library 101 is Blackboard module designed to introduce students to research at JTCC’s library. Library 101 includes online tutorials on research basics. Help your distance and face-to-face students by including this module in your Blackboard instruction. Contact Helen McKann (804-594-1523) or Molli Gonzalez (804-594-1518) for more information.

Internet Course Instruction

Thinking about library instruction for your online courses? Library staff can visit your class virtually using BlackBoard or prepare documents, presentations, or tutorials for to share. Contact Molli Gonzalez (804-594-1518) for more information. 

Off-Campus Access


The Virginia Community College System's libraries are currently experiencing difficulties with accessing library resources off-campus.  If you are having difficulties or receiving error messages when authenticating with your myTyler username and password, please refer to the following Research Guide for alternative links to library resources:

Alternative Database Links for Off-Campus Access

Much of the library’s information can be accessed off-campus, some without a login.  If you are working away from campus and are required to log into a resource, your myTyler username and password will provide you will off-campus access.  If you are unable to access a resource using your myTyler, please contact the Tyler Libraries immediately. 

Books

QuickSearch can be accessed 24/7 without a login. Login with a myTyler username and password to place a hold on materials and have them delivered to your campus of choice.

eBooks

EBSCO, PsychNet, and Safari books can be accessed off-campus with your myTyler login.

Articles

QuickSearch and research databases are available for students, faculty and staff off campus, 24/7, with a myTyler login. MyTyler is the same login used for Blackboard and e-mail.

Audiobooks

Download audiobooks with Overdrive’s Media Console onto your personal computer or mobile device. Use your myTyler login to check out materials. Audiobooks cannot be downloaded to college computers.

 

More info on remote access and myTyler login.

Collections


Books and More

JTCC Library’s book collection contains nearly 50,000 volumes, all of which can be searched using LINC, the classic online library catalog, or QuickSearch. LINC indexes the books, DVDs, e-books and audiobooks on both campuses (and also in all VCCS libraries, not just John Tyler.) QuickSearch indexes everything in LINC, plus access to some of the most popular article databases provided by JTCC and the VCCS.

Books and DVDs can be requested from either campus through the classic catalog or QuickSearch. Transferring titles between campuses generally takes 1-2 business days. Request titles online anytime, or ask any library staffer for assistance.

LINC and QuickSearch include links to e-books and popular audiobooks, as well as the College’s collection of videos and DVDs.

E-books are accessible both on and off campus.

  • Safari and PsychNet: Off campus, use your myTyler login.
  • eBooks from EBSCO: EBSCO now provides eBooks, accessible off-campus with your myTyler login and a free EBSCO account. Help and FAQs available. Adobe Digital Editions (free download) is needed to checkout and download books.

Audiobooks are available online through our subscription with Overdrive. Books can be instantly downloaded to your computer, to a mobile device, smartphone, or burned to a CD. Use your myTyler login to check out titles. Titles cannot be downloaded to JTCC computers.

DVDs and streaming videos run the gamut from history to art, from classics to popular movies. All of these materials are indexed in QuickSearch and the library catalog. In QuickSearch, use the option for “SHOW ME: MULTIMEDIA” and in the classic catalog, use the search term, “videorecording.”  Access to streaming videos is available from the Films on Demand database. 

Article Collections

The JTCC Library, the VCCS, and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) work together to bring access to millions of articles through subscription databases. These collections range from general subjects to discipline specific, giving many options to both faculty and students. Many articles are available in full-text and allow for linking within your BlackBoard courses for easy dissemination.

Found an article without full-text access? Request it via ILL.

To find a listing of the most popular databases for John Tyler students, visit our databases page. For a complete listing of the online database and resources available to Tyler students, faculty, and staff, see the full list.

Faculty Services


Reserves - Materials

Place books, DVDs, or articles on reserve for student use either in the library or for brief checkout periods. 

To place items on reserve: 

  • Bring materials to the library at least 24 hours prior to the first anticipated use. 
  • Fill out the reserve form and submit it to the appropriate campus library. 

Reserves - Classroom

Instructors can also reserve the library computer lab without library instruction. Contact either campus library to check availability. Reserved times are first-come, first-serve.

Please have the following information ready:

  • Month/day
  • Time and duration of use
  • Title of class (e.g. English 111)
  • Number of students

Material Selection and Ordering

Faculty members are encouraged to recommend books, magazines and videos for purchase. All requests are considered. Faculty members will be notified when an ordered item has been received, cataloged, and is ready for circulation.

Borrowing Privileges at Local Libraries: the Richmond Area Library Consortium (RALC)

Through an agreement with the Richmond Area Library Consortium (RALC), you have in-person borrowing privileges at many local libraries.

Borrowing Privileges at Virginia Academic Libraries: the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)

JTCC Library is a member of the Cooperative Borrowing Program of VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia. You can request to borrow materials on-site from any participating library.

Interlibrary Loan

Need an article not in the databases? Found the perfect book….at another library? John Tyler Library can borrow items from libraries across the country through Interlibrary Loan. This service is available for John Tyler students, faculty and staff.

Submit the Interlibrary Loan Form. If you have any questions, please email library@jtcc.edu or call 804-706-5198 (Chester) or 804-594-1519 (Midlothian).

Interlibrary Loan Form

Interlibrary Loan materials will be shipped to the JTCC Library, where you can pick them up and return them. It can take up to two weeks to process.

Guidelines:

  • Please provide as much information (title, author, date, ISBN, etc.) as you can about the item you need. Staff can help you with this.
  • Your items will be available for you at the campus where you submitted the request.
  • You must return the item or request a renewal before the due date. However, the lending library may decline your renewal request and may recall their items at any time.
  • You are responsible for the costs of lost or damaged interlibrary loan materials.
  • Request articles individually. Libraries do not loan complete issues of journals or magazines.

In addition to these policies, the library follows the National Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States (1994, revised in 2001), Copyright Law, Title 17, U.S. Code, the Virginia Interlibrary Loan Code of 1989, and the Virtual Library of Virginia Interlibrary Loan Guidelines of June 2004.

FAQs


If your question is not here, please contact us. We are happy to help.

What are the library hours?

All of our hours are listed on our about page.

Note: 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. Students and staff use their JTCC picture ID to check out materials from the libraries. 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 with proof of address. 

What is the loan period for library materials?

Books and DVDs: 4 weeks (28 days) with the possibility of one additional 4-week renewal. If an item is on hold for another person, the item cannot be renewed.

Some materials may have special loan periods. 

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:

  1. Between Campuses
    
Materials from either campus library can be requested for delivery at either campus. Allow 1-2 business days. To request:
    1. Find book in QuickSearch.
    2. Click on TITLE of book for more information.
    3. Click on REQUEST THIS ITEM (tab under the title of the item)
    4. Select the pick-up location
    5. Click HOLD
    6. Library Staff will email when book arrives.
    Need more help? Try this video tutorial  or give the library a call. Staff can walk you through the process or place the request for you.
  2. RALC Borrowing Pass (students, faculty and staff only)
    Need a book from VCU, UR or another local academic library? Ask at any library service desk for a RALC pass. This pass allows students to check out up to five books from their collection.
  3. Interlibrary Loan (students, faculty and staff only)
    Items can also be requested through Interlibrary Loan. Materials can take up to two weeks to arrive, so please plan accordingly. Library staff will place the ILL request for patrons—please ask.

Why should I use the library databases? Google always gets me what I need.

  1. Quality Control. Editors, fact-checkers and even highly trained EXPERTS have approved the database articles before publication. Some are peer reviewed by experts in the field. This is not some 7th grader’s science project. Take that, Google!
  2. Organization. Library resources are organized by format (book, article, DVD) and categorized by topic by real people. Half the work is done for you!
  3. Depth. Databases cover topics in detail. Peer-reviewed articles are serious scholarship written by experts, which are then reviewed by more experts before publication. When you use smart sources in your paper, you look smart too.
  4. Free with your tuition. Not everything is free on the internet….and many high-quality articles can be viewed for a price. Why not check the library? The library may have already purchased access to this article….and many more besides.
  5. Easy citations. Ever tried to find an author’s name on a web page? Databases make easy to find the source. Databases often have tools to help prepare your citations…cut and paste, anyone?
  6. Always available. 24/7, on or off campus.
  7. Help. We can help you over the phone, in person, or through the Ask a Librarian service. Librarians LOVE research—let us help you!

    
 This list is adapted from Mark Herring’s “10 Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library,” which originally appeared in American Libraries, April 2001, p. 76–78.

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. Color pages are $0.50 each.

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 Group Study Room?

No. Group Study Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Study rooms have a two hour time limit that is enforced when others are waiting to use a room. Sign in at the information desk to use a study room. Both campus libraries have study tables as well as study rooms available.

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. 

  • John Tyler has a JTCC-Public network that is open for guest use. No credentials are required for access. 

Research Guides


The Virginia Community College System's libraries are currently experiencing difficulties with accessing library resources off-campus.  If you are having difficulties or receiving error messages when authenticating with your myTyler username and password, please refer to the following Research Guide for alternative links to library resources:

Alternative Database Links for Off-Campus Access

 

A to Z List of Databases

  • A complete list of databases available to JTCC students.  Databases are also organized by subject.  

A to Z List of Print Periodicals

  • A complete list of the printed publications owned by JTCC libraries. Contains both peer-reviewed/scholarly and popular publications. List is also organized by subject. 

Research at the JTCC Libraries

  • General guide to using the JTCC library website and popluar resources
  • Identifying various types of information sources
  • Evaluating information sources

Citation Styles and Formatting

  • General guide to creating citations and formatting written documents in APA, MLA, and Chicago style. 

Writing Essays

  • General guide highlighting various types of essays, library resources for finding sources and information, and other tips for writing various essays. 
  • Includes argumentative essays, literature reviews, research or report essays, text or visual analyses, and annotated bibliographies. 

Nursing and Healthcare Resources

  • Guide for students in the nursing or healthcare professions. 
  • Databases, books, web resources, citation help, and other information for healthcare studies. 

Technical Services

  • General guide for students and library guests to provide information on library computers, printers, WiFi, Microsoft Office, and more.

Graphic Novels at the Tyler Libraries

  • General guides for students and library guests to provide information on graphic novel, how to read them, various genres, publishers, and research and anlysis using graphic works. 

Theatre Resources

  • General guide for students providing information on theatre history as well as play scripts, monologue books, and scene books.

 

More research guides coming soon!

Cite Sources


Why Cite?

Bibliographies are an essential part of academic research. Citing all the resources consulted in a bibliography or a works cited page is not just a requirement for a grade; it adds credibility to your arguments.

Citations allow readers to see which sources were used to support a research paper or assignment. Failing to give credit to sources can result in plagiarism. To avoid the consequences of plagiarism, simply give credit to your sources using in-text citations and the full citations on your reference or works cited page.

Tips

  • Leave time. Preparing a bibliography can take longer than you expect.
  • Track as you go. Copies of articles, notes from books, and e-mails of articles from the library databases will help when you must prepare your bibliography page.
  • Use your tools. The library databases and the library catalog offer citation tools. Look for a CITE THIS or CITE ME link.
  • WARNING: These computer-generated citations are not always correct. Library staff recommend proofreading your citations with the information on the OWL at Purdue site.
  • Need formatting help? Try these resources:​

Ask us! Library staff have experience with citations. We are happy to assist you.

Ask a Librarian


Need help with your research? JTCC Library offers several ways to get in touch.

 

Chat Live


24 hours a day, 7 days a week, a librarian is waiting online to answer your questions in a personal, confidential chat.

  • Quick chat at right (when available)
  • Full version 24/7

An e-mail containing the transcript of your chat session will be sent to your JTCC email account when the chat is complete. The librarian may or may not be a JTCC librarian.


If quick chat is closed, click here for traditional online chat, 24/7.

 

Phone

Call us at 804-706-5198 (Chester) or 804-594-1519 (Midlothian).

Email

library@jtcc.edu

By Appointment


Schedule a research consultation with a librarian by calling 804-706-5198 (Chester) or 804-594-1519 (Midlothian).

Walk-In Assistance


Visit the reference desk at Chester Library or Midlothian Library. Find a location.

 

Connect with Us

Web Resources


Go to JTCC Library DELICIOUS.com links to trusted web resources selected by JTCC Library staff.



Sources include:

Evaluating Sources

When looking at web sites for academic research, ask these questions:


  • Author: Who wrote it? Is the author identified? Are his/her credentials listed? Can you contact the author?
  • Purpose: Why does the site exist? Does it contain opinions or facts? Is the site selling something?
  • Timely: How current is the site? When was it last revised? Do the links work? Anything outdated?
  • Appearance: How does the site look? Are the design and graphics appropriate? Is the grammar and spelling correct?

Having trouble finding good sources? Ask a Librarian!

Media


Films on Demand

Films and videos are a great way to add variety to your research materials. This service provides access to streaming films from across the disciplines. FoD contains classic and informative films in the fields of business, medicine, humanities, career and technical studies. There are currently 9,000 full-length videos and over 100,000 video clips available. This includes primary source videos and archival footage from historic events.

OverDrive

John Tyler and the VCCS provide access to audio and visual materials through a service called OverDrive Media Console. OverDrive offers three multimedia collections, videos, audiobooks, and music. OverDrive is available as free software to install to a computer or download the app version through the App Store or Play Store.

Find more information on downloading the software or app.

American History in Video

American History in video is a new resource specifically geared toward historic research. This service provides streaming access to historic newsreels, archival footage, and substantive documentaries. This collection contains over 5,000 titles available and is mobile-friendly for smartphone and tablet users.

Kanopy

Kanopy is a demand-driven film service offering thousands of full-length films and documentaries on various subjects. Subjects include art, business, education, global studies, language, health, media, science, social sciences, and instructional films. Films viewed by four or more users will trigger the Tyler libraries to purchase the film for a one-year, streaming license. Contact the library for more information on this demand-driven resource. 

Need Help with Media Resources?

Let us know! If you are unable to connect to any of the media resources or have trouble streaming or downloading individual films, please contact the library so we can correct the problem.

Chester: 804-706-5198

Midlothian: 804-594-1520

Databases


The Virginia Community College System's libraries are currently experiencing difficulties with accessing library resources off-campus.  If you are having difficulties or receiving error messages when authenticating with your myTyler username and password, please refer to the following Research Guide for alternative links to library resources:

Alternative Database Links for Off-Campus Access

Use the library databases listed to find articles. Databases contain substantive news and peer reviewed articles.

Need a little extra help with library resources? The following library tutorials can help:

**If you are having difficulties hearing the tutorials while using the Internet Explorer browser, please try using Chrome or Firefox browsers to view the tutorials.  Sorry for any inconvenience while the JTCC library works to fix this problem. ** 
 

Frequently used databases:

A to Z List: All databases available to John Tyler students.  Arranged by subject and alphabetically.

QuickSearch: Find books, articles, videos, and more using one search tool.

EBSCOhost provides multiple indexes in for multiple fields of study. Many of the articles are available in full text. Choose from the EBSCO list of titles or search multiple databases at once.

Recommended databases include:

  • Academic Search Complete: Comprehensive scholarly article index. Excellent starting place for research.
  • MasterFile Premier: General article index covering many areas of study. Includes reference books, primary source documents, and images.
  • Mobile Searching: Streamlined versions for mobile devices.

CQ Researcher: In-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues 1923-present, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. 

Facts on File provides:


Films on Demand: Classic and informative films in the fields of business, medicine, humanities, career and technical studies, all streaming to your desktop or mobile device. 9,000 full-length videos and over 100,000 video clips.

JSTOR:  Access to 550 journals, focusing on the humanities. Subjects include history, literature, economics, sociology, art, and philosophy. All full text.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Brings together millions of articles discussing the pros and cons of contemporary issues. Includes opinion, images and facts.

Kanopy: Kanopy is a demand-driven film service offering thousands of full-length films and documentaries on various subjects. Subjects include art, business, education, global studies, language, health, media, science, social sciences, and instructional films. Films viewed by four or more users will trigger the Tyler libraries to purchase the film for a one-year, streaming license. Contact the library for more information on this demand-driven resource. 

First Search and (mobile-friendly) WorldCat: Search online catalogs from thousands of libraries worldwide.  This database provides citations only; contact your library for assistance with full-text and Interlibrary Loan.

CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature): Standard periodical index for nursing students. Not all articles are full text.

Health Source: Consumer Edition: Subject indexing and full text access to 80 magazines and journals. Designed for general research.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition: Subject indexing for 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on medical disciplines. Designed for allied health students and researchers.

OVID Nursing eBook Collection: Electronic text of 21 nursing guides, handbooks and manuals in nursing practice.

OVID: Your Journals at OVID: Full text coverage for nursing periodicals.

Salem Health: Digital version of Magill’s Medical Guide.

Online journals selected by the nursing faculty:

American History in Video: Streaming access to historic newsreels, archival footage, and substantive documentaries. Over 5,000 titles available; mobile friendly. 

JSTOR:  Coverage includes history, literature, economics, sociology, art, and philosophy. All full text.

Gale Artemis Literary Sources: Literary criticism, work overviews, and author biographies. Excellent starting place for literature research. Now includes Literature Resource Center, Scribner Writers Online and Twayne’s Authors Online.

MLA International Bibliography: Index to journal articles, chapters and essays within books. Limited full-text articles.

Salem History: Digital versions of Encyclopedia of American Immigration, Great Events from History, and Milestone Documents.

Salem Literature: Includes digital versions of Masterplots, Critical Insights: Authors, Critical Insights: Works and Critical Surveys.

Academic Search Complete: Comprehensive scholarly article index. Peer reviewed articles available.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection: Large full text psychology index. Peer reviewed articles available.

PsycNET: Search PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, and PsycINFO.Full text eBooks and articles available.

BioOne: Articles in the biological sciences.

Science Magazine:  News, research, and commentary from AAAS in a searchable index.

Science Resource Center: Authoritative articles and overviews of current science topics.

Wiley OnlineLibrary: Full text articles and eBooks in life, health and physical sciences.

Salem Science: Digital versions of the Encyclopedia of Global Resources, Encyclopedia of Global Warming, Forensic Science, The Solar System and Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues.

Emerald Insight eCase Collection: Provides students and faculty with unlimited access to a continuously developing digital library of more than 1,100 real- world case studies. The collection also features teaching material licensed from global case method advocates, creating opportunities for students to understand and apply business theory, analyze complex situations, and formulate solutions.

Emerald Insight Emerging Markets Case Studies: Authored by academics specializing in developing economies, these studies arm graduates with authentic examples of organizational challenges in emerging markets, and inspire strategies designed to tackle the business problems of the future.

Nexis Uni: (Formerly Nexis Lexus) Law journals, court cases, Federal & state codes; company information and financials; magazines and newspapers. 

 

 

More Info:

Need Help?

Articles


How do I search for articles?

Use the library’s article databases (also called article indexes) to find high-quality articles for your papers and projects.

Part of the research process is choosing the right database for your subject. Databases can cover many topics generally (like Academic Search Complete or Opposing Viewpoints) or may be more specific in their focus (like the Literature Resource Center.)

Check the databases page for subjects and descriptions.

Need help? Try the library tutorials:

Why should I use library databases?

Library resources and databases give students and staff 24/7 access to millions of articles in full-text format and materials are free of charge.

These databases provide reliable and accurate information from reputable sources. Many of the collections contain scholarly or peer-reviewed journals, a staple in college research.

In addition to tons of articles, databases also provide many tools for researchers to use. Refinement tools help to focus, broaden, or optimize searches by subject, date, author, publisher, and more. Other tools provide readers with citations, abstracts, saving features, and formatting help.

How do I access databases off-campus?

All databases are available off-campus for those with myTyler access. If you are working off-campus, you will be prompted to enter a myTyler username and password after clicking on the database link. 

Community members can access JTCC databases by visiting the library in person. Library computer stations provide access to all online resources.

Having trouble accessing the databases? Contact the library at 804-594-1520 (Midlothian) or 804-706-5198 (Chester), so we can fix it!

Are there any other online resources I can use?


The library’s resources are an excellent source of high-quality articles for your papers and projects, but sometimes other internet sources give the exact information needed.

The library also bookmarks websites in Delicious. These websites provide reliable, unbiased information suitable for research.

If you have questions about an online source, ask your librarians for help! Library staff can help you evaluate web resources.

Borrowing from JTCC Libraries


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.

If you are a JTCC student, staff, or faculty member, you will need your JTCC ID to borrow books, DVDs, laptops, tablets, and headphones.

Community members may obtain a library card by completing an application (including social security number) and presenting a photo ID. There is no charge for library cards and you can complete an application form at the Midlothian or Chester Campus Libraries. You are responsible for all items borrowed with your card. If your card is lost or stolen, the cost of a replacement is:

  • $1.00 for the first replacement card
  • $5.00 for subsequent replacements

Please inform the Library staff if your card is lost or stolen.

Circulating items: books, noncurrent magazines, reserve materials, DVDs and video recordings.

Non-circulating items: reference materials, reserve materials (library use only), electronic devices (library use only), and current issue magazines. These items must be used in the library.

  • The loan period is four weeks for most items, with unlimited renewal as long as no requests exist for the item. Library reserves is the only collection with varying loan periods. Loan periods are determined by the materials' owner.
  • The number of items borrowed is limited by borrower status.
  • Materials may be transferred from one campus library to the other. It may take up to three business days for the material to be received.
  • Requests for materials from the other campus library and renewals may be made online, in person, by phone, or by email. When an item is available for pickup, patrons will be emailed through their JTCC student account. Community borrowers will be contacted via e-mail or phone. Patrons have one week to pick up their materials.
  • All items may be returned to either campus library. Video recordings and DVDs should not be placed in outdoor book drops.
  • Faculty may borrow books at specific academic libraries through the Richmond Academic Library Consortium (RALC). The privileges and procedures are described on the Consortium website at http://org.jsr.vccs.edu/ralc/ILLagreement.htm, section three. Passes may be obtained at either campus library. Students may also get a RALC pass if staff determine that the books they need are not available at John Tyler.

Fines and Fees

Materials from the library collections do not accrue fines. If items are overdue, the library will send a reminder. If items are overdue for more than 90 days they are considered delinquent or lost. If the item is not returned, patrons will be billed for the delinquent/lost items. Patrons will be billed for damaged items. Two additional notices are sent to the patron before the debt information is sent to the State of Virginia.

Exceptions: Reserves

Some Reserve items are for use only in the library. Some may be checked outfor one-day, three-day, or one-week periods.

Delinquent and Damaged Items

Delinquent items are overdue for more than 30 days. The charge for a delinquent/lost or damaged item is:

  • $50 per book or the replacement cost of the book, whichever is greater
  • $10 per cassette or CD
  • $75 per video (VHS tape, DVD) or the replacement cost, whichever is greater
  • $5 per magazine

Patron must also pay any fines.

The Librarian will decide to:

  • Accept the return of delinquent materials
  • Charge the replacement fee

Patrons may be issued a refund for items that they have paid for and are subsequently able to return. Materials must be:

  • Undamaged
  • Returned within 6 months of the original due date of the material
  • Not yet replaced

The replacement fee for lost or damaged Interlibrary Loan material will be determined by the respective lending library.

Unpaid library accounts will prevent students from registering, graduating, and obtaining transcripts. The Commonwealth of Virginia may recover fees from an individual's state income tax refund, or other such monies issues by the Commonwealth such as lottery winnings. Unpaid debts will be sent to a collection agency and a 33.3% non-refundable fee will be added.

Need an article not in the databases? Found the perfect book….at another library? John Tyler Library can borrow items from libraries across the country through Interlibrary Loan. This service is available for John Tyler students, faculty and staff.

Download the Interlibrary Loan Form in Word format.

Submit the Interlibrary Loan Form by e-mail to library@jtcc.edu or in person at the Information Desk at the Chester or Midlothian Library. If you have questions, please call 804-706-5198 (Chester) or 804-594-1519 (Midlothian).

Interlibrary Loan materials will be shipped to the JTCC Library, where you can pick them up and return them. It can take up to two weeks to process.

Guidelines:

  • Please provide as much information (title, author, date, ISBN, etc.) as you can about the item you need. Staff can help you with this.
  • Your items will be available for you at the campus where you submitted the request.
  • You must return the item or request a renewal before the due date. However, the lending library may decline your renewal request and may recall their items at any time.
  • You are responsible for the costs of lost or damaged interlibrary loan materials.
  • Request articles individually. Libraries do not loan complete issues of journals or magazines.

In addition to these policies, the library follows the National Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States (1994, revised in 2001), Copyright Law, Title 17, U.S. Code, the Virginia Interlibrary Loan Code of 1989, and the Virtual Library of Virginia Interlibrary Loan Guidelines of June 2004.

Borrowing Privileges at Local Libraries: the Richmond Area Library Consortium (RALC)
Through an agreement with the Richmond Area Library Consortium (RALC), you have in-person borrowing privileges at many local libraries.

Borrowing Privileges at Virginia Academic Libraries: the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)
JTCC Library is a member of the Cooperative Borrowing Program of VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia. You can request to borrow materials on-site from any participating library.

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:

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.