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Interlibrary Loans: About Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary loans at Tidewater Community College


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About Interlibrary Loans

What is an interlibrary loan?

When the TCC library does not own a book or have access to an article we can often borrow it from another library. 

Books or videos

You can use Worldcat to see what other libraries have the title.  The more libraries that have it the better chance we have of borrowing it. You can also use Worldcat to search by subject.  Note the title, author and publication information.


Check Publication Name Search to see if one of TCC's databases has the journal, magazine or newspaper.  Then fill out a form with as much information as you have.  The more information you can provide about the article the better chance we have of borrowing it.  You can use Google Scholar to help you find citation information.  

Who can use interlibrary loan services at TCC?

Interlibrary loan services are available to TCC students, faculty and staff.  Community members can request interlibrary loans through their local public library system.  Consortium members should contact the library at their home institution.

How to request a loan

Fill out a form on the request books tab.

Please allow at least at week for items to arrive.  Some items will take longer. 

We may not be able to borrow DVDs, textbooks, brand new books, really old books, or extremely popular titles.  We will not borrow titles that TCC already has in the collection.

 TCC reserves the right to limit the number of requests processed at one time.  After the request is sent we no longer have control over the process.  Availability, transit time, and other factors affect how long it takes us to receive a requested item.

Picking up and returning interlibrary loans

Once a loan has been received at TCC the library will contact you.  Loans can be picked up at the circulation desk.  Books and audiovisuals will come with a wrapper that identifies it as an interlibrary loan and lists the due date.  Do not remove this wrapper.  Please return the loan to the circulation desk at the same campus.

Loan periods, renewals, overdue fees and replacement costs are decided by the lending library and may not correspond to normal TCC policy. Borrowers are responsible for overdue fines and any replacement or repair fees.


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