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Distance Learners: Interlibrary Loan

This guide outlines library services and resources for distance learners at the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library

Interlibrary Loan

If the library does not own an item you need for research, teaching or study, you may request it through the InterLibrary Loan service. This free service allows user to borrow materials from other libraries and pick them up at the first-floor Access Service desk. 

Previous users can make a loan request by clicking on the link here: InterLibrary Loan service, and follow the following steps:

  • Click the “set/reset” password link
  • Identify a piece of information that was used in your patron load (barcode) 
  • Click “Request new password.” An email will be sent to the address on file for you with instructions and a link to set your password

For any questions about Interlibrary Loan, please contact the ILL supervisor by email at or by telephone at: (757) 823-2426.


First Time User Interlibrary Loan Form


If you have never used the Interlibrary Loan service you must first register as a First Time User. 

Statewide Borrowing

Distance learners at NSU have borrowing privileges at college and university libraries throughout the state of Virginia with a (Virtual Library of Virginia Network Consortium, VIVA) reciprocal borrower's card.  Currently enrolled students and active faculty and staff members at NSU who are in good standing with the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library may request a Consortium borrower's card. Contact the Circulation Department at (757) 823- 2418.

Visit the VIVA webpage for more information, including a list of Virginia libraries that participate in the VIVA program.

Applying for a Consortium Card

If another college library is closer than the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library, a Tidewater Consortium Card might work for you.

As a NSU student, you have library check out privileges at other academic institutions that participate in the Virginia Tidewater Consortium

If you wish to check out materials at another academic library in the Tidewater area, bring a picture ID to the LBB Circulation Desk to apply for a Consortium Card.  You'll need to apply once each semester to verify that you're a current NSU student.