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1. Double check if to see if we have it by using QuickSearch to find a book or DVD that we own. Then check WorldCat to determine if the book is available at other libraries.

2. To Request a Book from Another Library to be Mailed to Reynolds Library (Interlibrary Loan): If Reynolds Library doesn't have the item, students, faculty, and staff can choose to travel to a local library and check out the item or request it online via the Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL).

3. To Check Out an Item Directly From a Local Library: The Cooperative Borrowing Program allows current Reynolds students, faculty, and staff to borrow library materials directly from participating academic libraries such as the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.

The RALC (Richmond Academic Library Consortium) allows students to visit the libraries of John Tyler, Randolph Macon and Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary and check out up to five books from their collection. Ask at any library reference desk for a RALC pass.

Questions or need more information? Ask any librarian for help.

Interlibrary Loan Cooperative Borrowing RALC Pass Public Library
Option Available To Current Reynolds Students, Faculty, Staff Current Reynolds Students, Faculty, Staff Current Reynolds Students, Faculty, Staff Everyone
Owning library All library types Participating VIVA academic libraries JTCC, Randolph Macon, Union Presbyterian, etc Local public libraries
Your Time Frame Minimum 7-10 business days Immediate Immediate Immediate
Pick Up/Return At Reynolds At owning library At owning library At owning library
Borrower Policies Set by owning library Set by owning library Set by owning library Set by owning library
Type of Borrower ID Needed Proof of ID Reynolds ID card Reynolds-issued pass Library Card

To find out if a local library owns an item, check WorldCat or the local lending library's website. Here is a list of some local public libraries and their websites:

Chesterfield County Library: http://library.chesterfield.gov/

County of Henrico Public Library: http://www.henricolibrary.org/

Jefferson-Madison Public Library (Louisa): http://jmrl.org/

Library of Virginia: http://www.lva.virginia.gov/

Pamunkey Regional Library: http://www.pamunkeylibrary.org/

Powhatan Public Library: http://public.powhatanlibrary.net

Richmond Public Library: http://www.richmondpubliclibrary.org/

Updated 1/6/2015