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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.

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.

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 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.

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, 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.

Submit the 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.


  • 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.

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.