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Faculty-Only 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.

RALC: Borrowing Privileges at Area Libraries

John Tyler has a cooperative agreement with local colleges and universities through RALC (Richmond Academic Library Consortium). Through this agreement, faculty have in-person borrowing privileges at the RALC libraries listed below. Faculty can use WorldCat, RALC members’ online catalogs, or can ask library staff for assistance to search. Some institutions may require the borrower to obtain a library card. The circulation policy of the lending library governs the details of the transaction. 

Richmond Public Library
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Randolph-Macon College
Richard Bland College
Union Presbyterian Seminary
University of Richmond
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia State University
Virginia Union University

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.

Library staff place the request. Please provide the library with as much information (title, author, date, ISBN, etc.) as possible. Staff can also help you locate titles and authors.

Interlibrary Loan materials are shipped to JTCC, and borrowers pick items up and return them to one of the campus libraries. Plan ahead when making a request as materials can take up to two weeks to arrive.


  • Identify the materials. Inaccuracies may result in a failed request.
  • No more than five requests at a time. As items are returned, new requests may be placed.
  • Interlibrary loan cannot be used to obtain textbooks or materials to be put on reserve by faculty.
  • Allow time. Though materials generally arrive in seven to ten days, items can take up to four weeks.
  • Requests are automatically delivered to the campus where the request was made.
  • Return dates are not flexible. Renewals are governed by the lending library, and lending libraries may recall items at any time.
  • Treat materials with care. Interlibrary loan depends on the continuing goodwill of libraries around the nation working together.
  • The costs of lost or damaged interlibrary loan materials will be charged to the patron.
  • Request individual articles. Complete issues of journals and magazines are not loaned.
  • Though some specialty materials (like reference books, dissertations and rare books) are rarely loaned, the request may still be made.

Download the Interlibrary Loan Form in Word format.

In addition to these policies, the library follows the National Interlibrary Loan Code for the Unites 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. 


  • Chester: Reference Desk in person, or call 804-706-5198 or email
  • Midlothian: Library iDesk in person, or call 804-594-1519 or email