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Richmond academic libraries

The Richmond Academic Library Consortium (RALC) is a group of Richmond area libraries which have agreed to extend limited borrowing privileges to students, faculty, and staff of any RALC school. Search catalogs of nearby libraries.

In order to take advantage of this service, VCU students need to obtain a "RALC borrowing pass" from either the Cabell Library service desk or Tompkins-McCaw Library service desk. Bring your staff or student ID with you, as we will need to check our records before a pass can be issued. If your borrowing privileges with VCU Libraries have been "blocked" (you have not registered for classes this semester, you have unpaid book fines, etc.), you will not be issued a pass. In addition, passes are issued only if you need specific materials which you cannot obtain at a VCU library.

Faculty and staff do not need a RALC borrowing pass prior to visiting the RALC member institution; a VCUCard and proof of current mailing address is all that is required. Please check our catalog first to insure that VCU Libraries could not fulfill your need.

Just as with materials which you borrow from VCU Libraries, you are expected to return library materials borrowed at a RALC institution in good condition and on time. Your library privileges will be blocked for overdue, lost or damage fines accrued at any of the other institutions.

Participants in this program include:

  • J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • John Tyler Community College
  • Richard Bland Community College
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Union Theological Seminary
  • University of Richmond
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Union University
  • Library of Virginia (the State Library)

Academic libraries across the Commonwealth

Borrow in person from other academic libraries throughout the Commonwealth through the VIVA Cooperative Borrowing program.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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