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Partnerships and Consortia


Local and national partnerships augment VCU Libraries' collection and expand the research universe for faculty and students. Consortia, common in the academic library world, provide access either to cost-effective cooperative purchases of licensed resources or to expedited resource-sharing.

  • As a member of the Richmond Academic Library Consortium (RALC), VCU Libraries shares resources with other Central Virginia academic libraries through a borrowing pass service, materials loans and a shuttle service.
  • The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) offers a wealth of online resources in every field of learning and a Cooperative Borrowing Program.
  • Through and , we secure materials from other institutions and deliver them digitally, by mail or for pickup.