VCU Libraries

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Visitors & Community Members

Other Higher Education Institutions

Check with the institution to see if people who are not students or employees may borrow materials. For example, the University of Virginia allows Virginia residents with a valid driver's license to borrow materials.

VCU Libraries

Borrowing materials from VCU Libraries for Community Members requires a Friends of VCU Libraries membership. In addition to helping support collections, programming and outreach for students, you can also take advantage of other Friends benefits. Not only do Friends donors receive borrowing privileges, they also receive invitation sto a wide variety of programming and lectures.

Registered Friends may borrow books, CDs, and DVDs. Register online. This page outlines borrowing privileges for Friends of VCU Libraries.

Community Colleges

Virginia residents age 16 and older can obtain a borrowing card at their local community college. A photo ID, such as a Virginia driver's license, is required.

Public Libraries

Library of Virginia offers borrowing privileges to any resident of Virginia. Photo identification, proof of residence, and current address are required. Online and mail registrations are available. 

Public libraries offer borrowing privileges to anyone living in their region. Some of the resources available through your local public library may include:

  • Thousands of books available for checkout
  • Ebooks that can be downloaded to your cell phone, ereader or tablet
  • Access to popular magazines via your cell phone, ereader or tablet
  • DVDs and music
  • Research databases
  • Comfortable facilities to read or study
  • Community events and programming

To see the policies for a library near you, use the Virginia Public Library Directory to search for the library.