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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.

In addition to your high school library and the resources at VCU Libraries, public libraries are an excellent source for research and leisure reading. 

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.