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Research @ Reynolds Libraries

3 d. Obtain books from other libraries

Cooperative Borrowing Program (VIVA)

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) Cooperative Borrowing Program allows current Reynolds students to borrow library materials directly from participating academic libraries such as the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. You must present your Reynolds student ID to a participating library.

Richmond Academic Library Cooperative (RALC)

Reynolds Library has cooperative borrowing arrangements with academic libraries in the Richmond area via RALC (Richmond Academic Library Consortium). If the book you want is available through a member academic library in Richmond, come to the Reynolds Library reference desk at any of the three campuses to get a RALC Pass which will entitle you to check out books from any member libraries of RALC.

Interlibrary Loan

Alternatively, you can fill out an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Request form to request items that are not available through Reynolds Library.  Please be aware it takes about a week to obtain your request through ILL.

Area Academic and Public Libraries

If a specific title or books on a particular topic are not available at Reynolds Library, try looking in WorldCat which searches the holdings of all public and academic libraries both locally and worldwide.  For information on how to use WorldCat's various features, see WorldCat Help.


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You can also search the individual online library catalogs of public and academic libraries in the area to see whether they have a specific title or books on a particular topic (see list below). A reference librarian will also be happy to assist you in identifying libraries in the area that have a specific title or topic you are looking for.

Find It Virginia

Find It Virginia is a collection of databases that provide 24/7 access to online newspapers, magazine and journal articles, and books such as encyclopedias. Materials are available for all age ranges and interests. You will need to select the public library you are a member of and enter your library card barcode number to access these resources.