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CONNECTIONS: The VDOT Library E-Newsletter

My Library Card Unlocks Databases?

by Ken Winter on 2016-04-07T16:44:00-04:00 | Comments

Remote checkouts of materials from the library's print collection have spiked since we started issuing the new Virtual Library Card! 

If you have a card “Sign In” at and check out or renew items right from your desk. We'll even ship stuff to you free with one click. To get a Card, go here:

But I'm starting to wonder if we “buried the lead story” by not doing a better job of explaining the hidden power of your Library Card?

Truth is, your Card also unlocks the door to more than 1 million online standards, E-Books and articles from all of VDOT’s subscription databases—from any connected PC, tablet or smartphone. Connecting “remotely” makes resources like AASHTO E-books, ASTM standards, and subscription articles available whenever you need them, regardless of your device or your location.

Try This 3-Step Process When You're Off the VDOT Network

Larger screen shot of library catalog main search screen.
1.Go to the Library Catalog



Image depicting Subscription Databases available from the left-hand menu of the catalog.
2. Select a resource from “Subscription Databases” (left-hand menu)


Screen shot of the screen that will prompt VDOT employees to enter their virtual library card credentials when they are attempting to access a subscription database while not on the VDOT network.
3. When prompted, enter your Library Card credentials and you’re in!


Bonus: Since you’re on a personal device, why not use a browser (mine favorite is  Chrome) that has the “Save Password” feature? After that you’ll never have to enter it again. Having trouble? Check out these step-by-step instructions.

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