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Library Services & Features

The Betty Sue Jessup Library at PVCC is much more than just shelves with books on them.  We have study rooms, a beautiful window lounge, and services such as interlibrary loan and research help.  Librarians are available via phone, email, chat, and in person. 

  • Location: The library is in the Main Building near the bookstore. Stop by the desk when we're open, or contact us from home!
  • Phone: 434.961.5309
  • Email:


Explore the sections below to learn a bit more about the library's offerings.


picture of the window lounge in the library

Simplify Research With the Library's Home Page

Conduct systematic research using the library's home page! The page is designed to help you organize the steps of your research process, for a more effective and less frustrating experience.  The home page is divided into 4 sections, described below.

START HERE -- use this search box to find topic overviews and background information.

FIND BOOKS -- use this search box to find print books and e-books.

FIND ARTICLES -- Millions of good quality articles at your fingertips! Use the search box to search our EBSCO database collection.

FIND MORE -- This section will connect you with useful resources such as library playbooks to help you understand assignments and the research process, a list of library databases so you can find sources, and more.

Rooms to Zoom

In order to maintain social distancing, the library's 6 group study rooms have been converted to Rooms to Zoom. This rooms can be used by students to attend class sessions on Zoom. Students can bring their own laptops or check out a laptop at the front desk.

We have several new policies for these rooms:

  • Only ONE person is allowed in a room at a time.  These rooms are NOT open for group study sessions, nor can they be used to take an exam. They are only to be used to connect to a class via Zoom.
  • These rooms cannot be reserved ahead of time and are available on a first-come, first-served basis You must check in at the front desk, indicate what class it's for, and borrow the key.  The rooms will remain locked when not in use.
  • If all the rooms are in use when you arrive, the First Quadrant Math Center is open for you to connect to your class.  Laptops and headphones are available for you to use.  Their hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.
  • If a student used the room before you, then you will be provided with cleaning supplies to clean the area.  If the room wasn't in use and you would still like cleaning supplies, please ask and they will be provided. 

Interlibrary Loan

The process through which libraries lend materials to one another is called interlibrary loan (ILL).  No library has everything, so interlibrary loan fills the gaps.  When you need something for an assignment, you can fill out the form linked below and the library will find it for you. If you borrowed a book, that will have to be returned, but you can keep articles.  Make sure you give yourself plenty of time: while interlibrary loan is fast, it can sometimes take a week or so, especially for items that are hard to find.

Click on the link below to familiarize yourself with the form and what information you need to supply.

Using the Library from Off-Campus

Only faculty, staff, and students who are currently enrolled can use the library's restricted resources (such as databases) from off-campus.  When you click on a resource that is restricted, you will be presented with a login screen.  Use your MyPVCC username and password to continue to the resource. Visit the page linked below to learn this simple process.

Library Policies

Visit the library policies page (linked below), to familiarize yourself with how the library works and what is expected of you.   The library policies page contains information about what you can check out and for how long, computer use in the library, how we expect you to conduct yourself in the library, and more. 

Need Help?

Library Services: Knowledge Challenge

Test your knowledge of the information on this page. Use the scroll bar to scroll down the quiz to answer all 10 questions, then click Submit. After you submit your answers, click View Score.  Questions you answered correctly will be in green, and those you answered incorrectly will be in red. To retake the quiz, you will need to to reload the Library Services & Features page. (You can also take the quiz here).