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.)
  • 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.

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 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.


  • 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.