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Interlibrary Loan

Can't find the book you need?

Can't find the book or article you need from TCC? Follow these steps to find books from other libraries and request them through interlibrary loan. This is a free service available to current TCC students, faculty, and staff.

1. For books: Go to WorldCat: WorldCat will let you search for books from libraries all around the world. Enter search terms relating to your topic to find relevant books.

For articles: Use one our databases or Google Scholar. Make sure the full text is not available from the library already. (Not sure? Ask a librarian!)

2. Once you have found a book or article, make note of the title, author, publication date, publisher (if a book) or journal volume and issue number (if a journal) and any other information available about it. The more information you can provide, the quicker we will be able to get it.

3. Fill out the Interlibrary Loan form for your campus:

Chesapeake       Norfolk       Portsmouth     Virginia Beach    Visual Arts Center

4. Once you have filled out the form, we will request the book for you. We will let you know as soon as it arrives, and you can come to the library to pick it up. If we have any trouble obtaining the item, we will notify you as well.

Note: It typically takes a week or two for a book to arrive and 3-5 days for an article, so make sure you get your request in early. We also cannot always borrow textbooks, rare books, new books, or audiovisual materials (DVDs, audiobooks, etc.).