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Distance Learning Services Library@TCC

The TCC Libraries provide a number of support services and resources for remote users, including students enrolled in distance learning courses. 
  • Ask A Librarian provides real time research assistance as patrons engage in online chatting with librarians across the VCCS. Patrons may opt to email a TCC librarian.

  • Access library resources through BlackBoard.

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  • Login and Password Instructions Some TCC and  VIVA resources are subject to access restrictions. TCC faculty, staff and registered students can access resources from any location by following our proxy instructions, as easy as email! 

  • Military? Using Service Portals (Dudley Knox Library) or Military OneSource Some students in the military are unable to access library databases because of the military's policies for national security. Military personnel have access to library databases through the Department of Defense. The online services of AKO, NKO, and AFPortal include many of the same databases available at TCC.

  • Library Instruction is available which will introduce you to TCC library resources and tips for beginning your research. Online instructions represent an on-going effort to provide our patrons with introductions to the many resources that are available to them. 

  • Go beyond TCC if you know the title of a book or journal and want to see if it is available online or at a library near you. 

  • Virginia Tidewater Consortium libraries allow you to borrow materials from area academic libraries and the group offers a nice guide on Doing Research in Tidewater Consortium Libraries. 
Distributed Teaching & Learning Services 
    The DTLS information site at TCC provides links to course information for online learning,, as well as helpful resources for students and faculty such as the Blackboard course delivery system.  TCC also provides electronic mail service for currently enrolled students and protoring at the TCC Testing Centers.

Intercampus Loan 
    The process whereby one TCC library lends materials to another TCC library.  A TCC photo i.d. or library card is required to request an intercampus loan.  Requests can be made through the library catalog, using online forms, or printed forms available in each campus Library. Materials are usually received by the requesting library within 3 days and can be picked up at the Circulation Desk. 

Interlibrary Loan 
    The process whereby one library, academic or public, lends materials to another library. Interlibrary loan is available for TCC faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students. A TCC photo i.d. is required to request an interlibrary loan. Requests can be made using online forms or printed forms available in each campus Library.

Media Resources  
    Each campus Library has multimedia resources for students and faculty. The library collection includes many online videos that can be found in our media databases and in the library catalog. In the libraries, TCC and VTC students can check out videos (mostly DVDs) using their TCC or VTC library card. Online circulation services are available as well.

Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education 
    (VTC) serves as the major vehicle for regional cooperation among institutions of higher education and affiliated agencies. Member libraries participate in reciprocal direct borrowing for students, faculty and staff of member institutions. The VTC HomePage provides information to those who wish to take advantage of the many resources available in the Tidewater area but need to know details about the libraries and their VTC policies. The "Doing Research" section aids students needing assistance with the research process. 

Virtual Library of Virginia ( VIVAVIVA logo
     The Virtual Library of Virginia is the consortium of the libraries of the 39 state-assisted colleges and universities (at 52 campuses) within the Commonwealth of Virginia. VIVA provides shared access to library and information resources for all Commonwealth of Virginia's academic libraries. Resources include electronic texts, government information, statistical data, images, periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers, etc.), news sources, reference works, indexes, and special collections.  Any student or faculty member may visit a VIVA Member library and use the VIVA resources.

Standards for Distance Learning Library Services from the Association for College and Research Libraries.