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Library Basics

The Betty Sue Jessup Library provides materials, services and equipment that meet the research needs of students and faculty in all of the College’s programs on or off campus and through distance learning. Please see Lending Policies for information about borrowing materials. For information on how to search these resources, see How Do I...?


The library offers a variety of print books, divided into five collections (Circulating, Nook, Popular, Reference and Reserve), as well as ebooks and audio booksNeed to find a book?


Find millions of magazine and journal articles through the library’s vast collection of online article databases. Access articles anywhere there is an Internet connection; off-campus access requires MyPVCC username and password. The library also has print journals; all but the most current issue may be borrowed.


The library owns materials on audio CD and on CD-ROM, and provides access to a variety of multimedia.


The library offers DVDs and videos that support the courses offered by the College, as well as a large selection of online videos.


The library provides laptops to currently enrolled students. See Lending Policies for more information.

Lending Policies

Materials Loan Period Renewals Limits
Books (Circulating, Nook, Popular) 28 days Students: two renewals, unless end of semester; Faculty/Staff: indefinite renewals; Community: two renewals Students/Faculty/Staff: 25 books; Community: 10 books
Reference Books In-library use only None None
Reserve Books Two-hour check out; in-library use only None One reserve book
Print Magazines and Journals One week; current issue in-library use only One renewal 10 magazines/journals
CD/CD-ROMs Students/Community: in-library use only; Faculty/Staff: must use on campus None Students/Community: one CD/CD-ROM; Faculty/Staff: 15
DVDs/Videos Students/Community: in-library use only; Faculty/Staff: must use on campus None Students/Community: one DVD/Video; Faculty/Staff: 15
Laptops In-library use for currently enrolled students only Laptop due 30 minutes prior to closing One laptop


Frequently Asked Questions: 

How do I check out a book?

Just present your PVCC ID card (available from Security) if you are a student. PVCC faculty, staff and students are not issued a separate library card. Virginia residents ages 16 and older may open a library account if a proper photo ID is provided. Please see Lending Policies for more information.

Does the library check out textbooks?

We have a limited number of textbooks available on a first-come, first-serve basis. These can be checked out for use in the library for two hours at a time. Please note that we do not always have all the textbooks or even the most current editions, nor does the library purchase textbooks to place on reserve.

How do I check out a book if I’m not at the main campus?

We will mail books to currently enrolled students who live outside the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson, the northern part of Buckingham County, and the City of Charlottesville. We will send materials through courier to faculty, staff and students at the Giuseppe Center or the Jefferson School.

What happens if I have overdue or lost books?

We don't charge overdue fees, but we do bill for lost items.

Students and community members receive three overdue notices; the third notice is a bill for the replacement of the item. You have 10 days to return the item or pay the fee before you are turned over to a collection agency. A hold also is placed on your student record; this prevents you from receiving transcripts and registering for classes in subsequent semesters.

Faculty and staff members must return all library materials or pay replacement costs for lost materials prior to leaving the employ of the College.

Any borrower who loses or damages library material will be charged the actual cost to replace it. If a book is no longer in print, there is a minimum charge of $50. If you eventually return the item and retained your receipt, you can receive a refund.


How much does it cost to print in the library?

The library has two printers/copiers. Copies cost five cents per side for black-and-white and 25 cents per side for color. The copiers only accept coins or bills and will give change. You cannot use debit or credit cards to purchase copies. Both photocopiers default to black-and-white and double-sided.