SWCC Library

Library Student Handbook


My Account:

Use My Account located near the top of the Library Catalog web page to access your personal library account information.  Sign in with your SWCC username and password.  See what you have checked out, when an item is due back to the Library, if you have fines, or if there are any messages for you from the Library.  You can renew your checked out items from My Account if they are not overdue, put on hold by someone else, or renewal limits have been reached.  Click here for circulation periods of Library materials.  If you need help accessing My Account, call the Library Circulation Desk at 276.964.7265.


As you do a search in the Library Catalog, put items of interest to you in your eShelf for later viewing during the search session.
E-mail saved items to yourself or save them locally on your computer.

Course Reserves:

The Course Reserves function allows you to see lists of items that your instructor may have put on Reserve for your class.  Click on the Course Reserves link, and then choose Southwest Virginia CC.  Search for your instructor’s name, or search by the name of your course.  Once you have located a list of items, click on the small number to the left of an item to see more information about that item.

LRC Live!:

Use the LRCLive Help link for quick access to a virtual chat session with a librarian who will help guide you with your research.   Click here for more info.


Use the A-Z Databases link to locate VIVA/VCCS databases or to Find an E-Journal.  Log in with your SWCC username and password.  Find Database locates databases that are available to you via the Virtual Library of Virginia and through your Library–SWCC.  Find E-Journal allows you to search for full-text, online journals or magazines. QuickSearch allows you to search multiple SWCC (Southwest Virginia Community College) databases simultaneously.

You can search for databases or for e-journals by using a Starts with or Contains search.  For example, if you are doing a search to locate a database or journal on the subject of history, you could do a Contains search and search for the terms history or historical.  Once you locate a database or e-journal, take notice of the dates of coverage, if given.

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