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Library Catalog Quick Start Guide

This is a guide to assist patrons using the VDOT Research Library's online catalog, which helps patrons find and use print and online library resources.

Place an Online Checkout (Books and other Physical Items)

Once you've found an item that you are interested in, you can check it out remotely with a few clicks!  You can also specify whether you want us to ship the item to you, or have it held for you at the library to pick up at your earliest convenience. Here's how to use the Online Checkout feature:

Step 1: After signing in and running a search, you've found a item you want to check out. Click on the title of the item in the "Brief Record" display list as shown below: 

Screen capture showing brief record view of an item in the catalog.


Step 2: This will open the "Full Record" display. At the bottom of that display look for the "Items" box showing all library holdings for the title. We may have multiple copies of some items, some of which may be checked out to another user. Select the "Check Out Item" shopping cart icon (Again, be sure to note the status of the item. In this example it is "Available"):

Screen capture showing the "Check out item" shopping cart icon.

Step 3: When you select the shopping cart icon the "Check out Item" dialog box will appear. Select your delivery method (either "Ship this item to me at no charge" or "Reserve at the library for me to pick up."

Be sure to add any additional information (for example, special shipping instructions, etc.), then click the "Check out Item" button as shown below:

Screen capture showing the Check out Item option.

Note: E-Books and other electronic resources cannot be held and they cannot be "shipped." Those items are directly available to patrons through the catalog record itself. For more information on accessing these types of resources through the catalog see the Additional Features page of this guide.

Step 4: After clicking the "Check out Item" button you should see a dialog box confirming your request has been sent to library staff:

In addition, you should receive an automated e-mail confirmation from the library that looks like this: 

Example of the library email confirmation patrons will receive.

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