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Library 101  

A guide for students new to the University library system or for any student looking for a research refresher.
Last Updated: Feb 5, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Library Services

Library Website
The Library’s website offers access to online resources via databases, Internet sources, and VIRGO (our catalog of books, videos, music and more). Think of it as your gateway to information you'll need for class. Go to the Library home page.

Reserve a Study Room
You can reserve study rooms on the fly for one or more people in Clemons and Brown. See the big list of Library study spaces (with links to reserve when applicable) or jump ahead and reserve the room you want.

Checking Out
Most items in the Library can be checked out, though loan periods differ depending on the item and the borrower. View the complete list of policies for more information.

Online Renewals
You don't have to come to the Library to renew things you have checked out. You can renew most items yourself online. To sign in to your library account, click the My Account link at the top right of any Library page.

When you've finished using Library books and other materials, you can return them to any library and we'll make sure they get back to the one they came from.

If a book you need is checked out, click on the Request Unavailable Item link and fill out the requested information. A message will be sent to the person who has it notifying them that they have 8 days to return it. When it's returned, we'll put it on hold for you and let you know that it's available for pick-up.

Reserve Items
Libraries that have books on reserve include Clemons, Fine Arts, and the Brown Science & Engineering Library. You can look up reserve books online.

Interlibrary Loan
If none of the U.Va. libraries have a book, journal article, or other item that you need, the Library can try to get it through Interlibrary Loan Services. The first time you use Interlibrary Loan you'll need to register. To register, just click the "First Time Users" button at the bottom of the ILS Request Sign In box. 

Photocopying and Printing
Copying and printing costs 8 cents per page and can be paid for using your student ID card or a Cav Advantage card. Deposits to your account can be made online or at various locations around Grounds, including Alderman, Clemons, and the Brown Science & Engineering Library.

14 Libraries
There are 14 libraries in the University's library system, and you can use any of them. The libraries associated with the professional schools (Law, Business, and Health Sciences) are open to only their students during their finals, but the rest of the year they're open to all students. View a map of all libraries.


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