The Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education (VTC) serves as the major vehicle for regional cooperation among institutions of higher education and affiliated agencies in the Hampton Roads. Since 1973, VTC institution libraries have offered reciprocal borrowing services to students, faculty and staff of VTC institutions. In many cases, the electronic resources and services of VTC libraries are also available to members. Students, faculty and staff who wish to take advantage of available resources and services at other VTC libraries must obtain a VTC library card from their home institution.
How do I get a VTC library card?
You can get a VTC library card from your TCC campus library. In order to get the VTC library card, you must be a currently enrolled student at TCC and in good standing with TCC Libraries (no overdue books or debts). Visit a campus library, and fill out an application at the circulation desk. Be sure to bring your TCC student id card.
Before visiting a VTC library, please call to confirm their circulation and printing policies. Take your VTC library card, TCC student ID card and another form of photo ID.
The Reciprocal Library Borrowing Program applies to students, faculty, and staff of the participating consortium institutions. The home library determines who is eligible for reciprocal borrowing privileges and issues a consortium borrower's card valid for the current semester. The borrower must show a valid consortium borrower's card at the lending library. The lending library determines whether borrowing privileges will be extended or denied. Library privileges are determined by the policies of the lending library and vary from library to library. To request specific information, call the lending library first, and identify yourself as a consortium borrower. Most of the libraries follow these general guidelines for VTC borrowers. Exceptions are noted.
Must be currently enrolled as a student or faculty member at a participating college in the Virginia Tidewater Consortium.
Must be in good standing with the library of the home institution: name must not appear on the list of VTC delinquent borrowers at the Circulation Desk.
Must present a currently validated Consortium Borrower's Card as well as a current college I.D., a driver's license, or photo I.D.
30 days: Christopher Newport, Hampton, William & Mary, Regent
2 weeks: Eastern Virginia Medical School (fac/grad only; books only)
3 weeks: Norfolk State, Virginia Wesleyan
4 weeks: Eastern Shore, Jefferson Lab, Paul D. Camp, Thomas Nelson, Tidewater Community Colleges
6 weeks: Old Dominion
3 items: Thomas Nelson
4 items: Hampton
5 items: Christopher Newport, EVMS, Norfolk State
6 items: Virginia Wesleyan
10 items: Jefferson Lab, Paul D. Camp, William & Mary, Regent, Old Dominion
15 items: Eastern Shore, Tidewater Community Colleges
20 items: William & Mary
Must pay fines for overdue books and replacement costs for lost books.
Circulation privileges will be blocked for overdue books and unpaid fines both at the borrowing institution and the home institution.
It is a privilege to borrow materials from member libraries. Failure to comply with the rules and regulations of the lending libraries, including prompt return of materials and/or payment of charges, will result in sanctions by both the home and lending institutions. In addition, consortium borrowing privileges at all member libraries will be suspended.