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Use VCU’s Journal Finder to see if a journal is available in a database (only dual enrollment students in their second semester who have a VCU eID benefit from full access to VCU’s databases; others are limited to guest access).

Borrowing privileges

All MLWGS students and faculty – VCU has made major changes in its policy for high school borrowers beginning in September 2010.  Each time you wish to borrow books from VCU Libraries, you must see Ms. DeGroat to obtain a special borrower pass which will allow you to borrow up to 5 books (maximum total allowed) from the James Branch Cabell and Tompkins-McCaw Libraries.  The loan period is 28 days.

In order to obtain such a pass, your account with the MW Library must be in good standing (no overdue books or unpaid fees/fines).

Students enrolled in VCU dual-enrollment courses have the same level of borrowing privileges as undergraduates (see center column of chart – the one with the yellow background) during the SECOND semester of the school year. These privileges include access VCU’s online resources off-campus with a VCU eID username and password.

Communications from VCU Libraries
For dual enrollment students, VCU Libraries will communicate with you via your VCU email address.  If you do not plan to use your VCU email account, then take the time to set up forwarding of messages from your VCU email account to an email account you check regularly.  All students with VCU e-ID numbers may renew books and check their library accounts for fines online.  Fines may not be paid online, but may be paid in-person or over the phone.

For non-dual enrolled MLWGS students who borrow books from VCU with a single-use special borrower pass, a books due notice will be sent to Ms. DeGroat three days before your books are due at VCU.  Ms. DeGroat will forward this reminder to your MLWGS email account.

Computer access at VCU Libraries
VCU offers limited guest access to the computers in the James Branch Cabell Library. This access is valuable because it permits you to use any of the online resources to which VCU Libraries subscribe. The related procedures are outlined on VCU’s Guest Access page. View the First Floor map to orient yourself and follow these tips to make the most of your visit:

  • If you need research help (e.g. Where is the best place to look for ___? or How do I search the ____ database?), visit the Research Assistance Desk BEFORE requesting guest computer access at the Circulation Desk (otherwise your clock will start ticking before you’re ready to search).
  • To request a temporary login for one of the four computers (yes, only four) available for guest use, take your photo ID to the Circulation Desk. If you plan to print from the computer, this is also a good time to purchase a rechargeable Rambucks card ($2: $1 for the card, $1 in print credit).
  • Your pass is good for ONE hour. You must log on to the assigned computer within 10 minutes after receiving the pass. You will get a 10-minute warning before your hour runs out. Except as noted in the guest access guidelines, you are only eligible for one hour per day.
  • If you need to leave the computer to pick up printing during your hour, you may lock the computer so that someone else does not log on to it while you are gone.

Arranging for your class to visit the James Branch Cabell Library
Your class may be able to visit VCU Libraries; however, group visits must be coordinated by Ms. DeGroat, and since VCU Libraries has over 30,000 students to serve, group visits are only possible when VCU classes are not in session. Available dates for 2010/2011 are as follows: October 21-22 (VCU Reading Days), December 22-23, January 3-14, March 14-18 (VCU Spring Break), and May 14-20.  To discuss arranging a group visit for your students, please email Ms. DeGroat or stop by the library.

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