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How Do I?: Borrow from Other Libraries

Request from Other Campuses

Find a book you want, but it's not at your home campus? No worries! Just use the "Request this item" button on a book's record (see picture below), and that book can be sent to whichever TCC campus is most convenient to you. This is a FREE service, but please be sure to allow a few days for a book to arrive. When it arrives, you will receive an email indicating it is ready to pick up.

Request from Other Libraries

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.).

Consortium Card

The TCC libraries are in a consortium with several other libraries in the Hampton Roads area (full list of available institutions available on the right). At any TCC library, you can ask for a Consortium Library card, which will allow you to check out books from any of these libraries. If there is a book you need right away that is not in our collection, a consortium card is a great way to get it quickly.


  • Must be currently enrolled as a student or faculty member at TCC
  • Must be in good standing with the TCC library (no overdue books)


  • 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.


  • 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.