Student Library Services

Book Renewal

Renewals are permitted any time during library hours or via telephone. It is not necessary to return the books to renew them. Renewals are not available for reserve materials.

General book collection is located the stacks area. New books are displayed in the Reading Lounge and the Circulation area and are ready for borrowing.

SERVICES: Library staff members are on duty at the CIRCULATION DESK and INFORMATION DESK to help library users with resources and equipment.

Reference Books, Periodicals and Special Collections

Reference collection includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, handbooks, and specialized indexes covering all subjects.

Periodical Collection: Current issues of popular magazines and newspapers are in the Reading Lounge.

Online periodical databases and other resources are available through VIVA, a consortium of academic libraries in Virginia to which DSLCC belongs. VIVA provides almost 200 databases, many of which have full-text articles available, and approximately 800,000 electronic resources for the academic community. Registered students and staff can also access the materials off-campus via this link.

Special Collections materials are available to all library users and contain archival material and books relating to Virginia history. Special Collection materials are for in Library use only.


Computers with high speed Internet access are available free-of-charge and are located throughout the Library and in the Library’s Computer Lab. Wireless Internet connection is available in the Library and patrons are encouraged to bring their personal laptops.

Audio-visual materials (video cassettes, films, etc.) are indexed by title or subject in the online catalog, and are also available in a separate catalog on the Library web page. A book catalog of audio-visual materials is available to non-profit organizations.


Borrower’s cards are issued to library clients as they borrow materials for the first time. The card must be presented to borrow any materials. There is a charge to replace lost or damaged borrower’s cards.

Loan period for books is four (4) weeks, with renewals permitted if books are not in demand. All overdue books are due at the end of each semester. Audio-visual materials may be borrowed by non-profit organizations for a restricted loan period. Library materials, with the exception of reserve items, checked out by another borrower may be placed on HOLD; the requestor will be notified when the material is available.

Restricted circulation: Reserve books, reference books, and periodicals are usually used only in the library, except that some reserve books may be checked out for specific periods of time.

Overdue book borrowers are notified by mail: The Library DOES NOT charge fines for overdue books. Books that are thirty days or more overdue are considered lost and notices are turned over to the Business Office for collection. State law requires that students are not allowed to register for classes until all obligations are satisfied. Unpaid fees may be routed to a collection agency or the Commonwealth for a lien against tax refunds.

Lost books should be reported promptly. The replacement cost of the books must be paid.