Library Instruction/Information Literacy

The CVCC Library staff strongly believes in helping each CVCC student attain information literacy. Library staff provides library instruction/information literacy sessions of varying lengths for many courses in all of the CVCC academic divisions.   

Instruction can be provided in the Library's Instruction Room or in the classroom. The Library's Instruction Room, equipped with projector and computer workstations, allows students the opportunity to access the Library's online resources as well as its other resources. Sessions may be provided to the off-campus centers as well. 

The faculty may request instruction for entire classes, and individual students may come to the Library for instruction on an as-needed basis. To request an instruction session, complete the online Library Instruction Request form. For more information, see the guidelines below, ask one of the CVCC Library staff, or call (434) 832-7750.

Guidelines for these Library instruction sessions are:

  • Library instruction sessions are available for classes with the instructor present and participating and with the understanding that there is no cell phone or personal computer work during library sessions.
  • Instructors should have specific assignments planned when scheduling a Library instruction session, as library research shows students retain more when the knowledge is immediately applied.
  • Instructors should give the Library at least a week's notice, as there is preparatory work that must be accomplished before a library session can be conducted.
  • Please give at least 24 hours' notice if the session needs to be cancelled.

The Library also provides open workshops on various topics throughout the semester. The times and locations will be posted around campus and on the Library web page.  Among the topics covered are:

  • Locating Library Books & Materials
  • Using Electronic Databases
  • Using a USB Drive
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word

Individual instruction is always available. To arrange for individual instruction, ask any librarian.


CVCC Copyright Policy
On the VCCS Copyright page the following tabs can be found:
  • Copyright Law
  • Fair Use
  • Public Domain
  • TEACH Act
  • Classroom Use
  • Library Reserves
  • Plagiarism
  • FAQs
  • Recommended Websites & eBooks

If you have any doubts about violations of the copyright law, please contact the Coordinator of Library Services at x7551 or at . Faculty and College personnel are cautioned that should the College be sued for copyright violations, the actual person infringing the copyright law will be held liable.
Suggested Reading

  • Besenjak, Cheryl. Copyright Plain and Simple. Franklin Lakes, N.J.: Career Press, 1997.
  • Bielfield, Arlene, and Cheeseman, Lawrence. Libraries & Copyright Law. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 1993.
  • Brinson, J. Diane, and Radcliffe, Mark F. Multimedia Law and Business Handbook. Menlo Park: Ladera Press, 1996.
  • Gasaway, Laura N. and Wiant, Sarah K. Libraries and Copyright: A Guide to Copyright Law in the 1990s. Washington: Special Libraries Association, 1994.
  • Grossman, Wendy M. Net.wars. New York: New York University Press, 1997.
  • Weeks, Kent M. Complying with Federal law: A Reference Manual for College Decision Makers. Nashville: College Legal Information, Inc., 1996.
  • Wilson, Lee. The Copyright Guide. New York: Allworth Press, 1996.

Useful Websites


Purchase Requests

The Library invites faculty to submit book, media, electronic resource, or periodical requests.  Book and audiovisual (A-V) requests are received throughout the year and will be ordered as funds are available. Priority for materials acquisitions follows a two-year cycle (Arts & Sciences and Professional & Career Studies.) Instructors should use the New Materials Request form for books and audiovisual (A-V) purchase requests. Instructors will be notified when items they have ordered are ready for check-out.

Periodicals are ordered in the fall semester, and an email will be sent out inviting requests in mid-September. Usually, requests for periodicals must be received by the 15th of October. Instructors should submit periodical requests using the Periodical Request form, via e-mail, or inter-campus mail.



Faculty members may place books, folders, and videos on reserve for their classes. They should bring reserve materials to the circulation desk. Off-site center faculty should contact the Library to reserve materials. One of the following loan periods may be selected: in-library use (2 hours), overnight, or one-week. Instructors are asked to fill out the online Reserve Materials form or a paper form at the circulation desk.

Reserves are listed in the CVCC Online Library Catalog. When accessing the catalog, users should click on "Course Reserves" under the drop-down menu "Central Virginia CC." They can search for reserve materials in a number of ways: author, title, course name, course number, etc.


Loan Policies

Loan periods for faculty/staff are:

  • Books: current semester
  • Instructional Videos: four (4) weeks
  • Popular Videos: one (1) week
  • Music CDs: current semester
  • Audiobooks: current semester

Faculty/staff are not charged overdue fines, but will be expected to return all checked-out items before leaving the employ of CVCC. A fee of $50.00 per item (or replacement cost of the item if more than $50.00) will be assessed on all unreturned items.


Interlibrary Loan

To request books and journal articles not owned by the CVCC Library, complete the Interlibrary Loan Request form. Please allow at least one week for an item to arrive.


Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide provides links to and instructions on obtaining openly accessible material.