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The VSC Library Catalog

This is the combined catalog of the holdings for Castleton State, Johnson State, Lyndon State and the Vermont Community and Technical Colleges. Thousands of titles include books, maps, government documents, audiovisual materials, and nonprint items. Members of the JSC academic community may request interlibrary loan for items not held in our library collection. Use the Multiple Library Search option to place requests for items located outside the VSC system, including the University of Vermont.


Keyword Tips for Searching the Catalog

Boolean Searching
Combining terms with search operators AND, OR, NOT

Lamoille AND planning
Finds items with both terms in the record...

planning OR development OR management
Finds items with either term in the record; broadens the search...

Lamoille NOT Morrisville
Might eliminate items about that town in Lamoille County...

Wild cards pick up word variants and plural endings...

Keyword Searching in the VSC Catalog:
Use the Advanced Search boxes and dropdown menus.
Use a mark of truncation (wildcard) to pick up different word endings.
* (Asterisk) for more than one letter...  
manag* (Finds manages, managers, managing, management)

Creating a Search Strategy
Johnson AND (facilit* OR recreation)

Caution!    park* may pick up words that are irrelevant to your search, i.e., parking, parkers...


Search the VSC Library Catalog

Link to the catalog to search for books, videos and other media. You may search by keyword, author or title.  For more precise results, use Library of Congress Subject Headings. A few examples are listed in the section below. 

Advanced Search

Use the Advanced Search to locate DVDs, CD-Music and other media.

If you are unable to locate the resources you need in the VSC Catalog, use the Search Other Libraries option to place requests for items located outside the VSC system, including the University of Vermont.


Subject Searching in Library Catalogs

 For more precise results for subject searching, use Library of Congress Subject Headings that may include--but are not limited to--these examples:

Champlain, Lake
Johnson Vt.: Town--History
Lamoille County Vt.--History
Regional planning--Vermont
Vermont--Description and travel
Vermont--Politics and government
Vermont--Social life and customs


Widely recognized as the world's largest library catalog, WorldCat contains millions of entries for books and other materials. Search the WorldCat database to identify, locate and request resources from libraries throughout the nation and the world. Use Library of Congress Subject Headings such as those listed above for precision searching.  Interlibrary loan links are provided in search results for requesting materials not owned by our library.

Interlibrary Loan--Books

When you locate books and media that are owned by other libraries you may request items through interlibrary loan if you are a JSC student, faculty or staff member.  Check the Interlibrary Loan Services page for more information.

Updates and revisions by Linda Kramer


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