Summer Hours and Services Summer hours for in-person library services begin on Monday, May 24, 2021. Read more about this announcement

Online Students

Special Online Information for Students

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the following help and resources are available for Tyler students to supplement in-person services at the Tyler Libraries. Please continue to check the college's website on the COVID-19 changes.

Remote Library Services

Need help from the library?  Make an appointment with us!  The Tyler Libraries are available for appointments Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (after hours appointments available as well) 



Ask-a-Librarian Chat (text-based chat)

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

  • Available on the quick chat widget on left side of page
  • More information on the Tyler Libraries Ask-a-Librarian FAQs page
  • Direct messaging (text-based) with options for video conference and screen sharing

Connect directly with the Tyler Libraries through the Ask-a-Librarian chat Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. After this time, you can still chat with a librarian, but it may be a librarian from another VCCS college or academic institution. If you want to connect with the Tyler Libraries outside of these hours, please make an appointment.

The Tyler Library has created a guide related to the COVID-19 pandemic and changes to library and college services.  Please visit the COVID-19 Guide for information on library and college services, students resources, faculty resources, and other general information to assist the Tyler community. This page will be continuously adding information as it becomes available.

Technology Loans

During the COVID-19 closures, the Tyler Libraries will be offering loan for technology devices. The libraries offer the following devices for loan: 

  • Laptops and Chromebooks
  • Calculators
  • Webcameras

Loan periods vary based on the type of device, availability of devices, and class schedule.  Placing a request does not guarantee a loan for the requested device(s).  The Tyler Libraries will honor all requests within the technology/device capabilities and supply.

If requested during the business week, you will receive a reply from the Tyler Libraries within 48 hours.  The reply will contain information on device loans and availability of the requested device(s).  Pick-up of devices will take place at the Midlothian campus security area in the Administration buildingand the Chester campus security area of the Nicholas Center.  Students will need to make an appointment for pick-up during scheduled hours. Questions about technology loans should be sent to Please use the button below or the following form to place a request for library technology. 



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.

Submit the Interlibrary Loan Form. If you have questions, please email or call 804-706-5195 (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.


  • 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.

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:
  • Phone: 804-594-1519 (Midlothian) 804-706-5195 (Chester)
  • Staff:
    • Molli Gonzalez, Reference and Emerging Technologies Librarian- or 804-594-1518
    • Lisa Payne, Student Success and OER Librarian- or 804-706-5202
  • Ask-a-Librarian 24/7 Online Chat: This is a 24/7 instant message chat service that connects you with a librarian.  The Tyler Libraries are available on the chat service for messaging and/or video conferencing Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Outside of these times, you will be connected with a VCCS librarian or a librarian with another academic institution. 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: