Access to Library Resources

Courses are online and so is the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

Library faculty and staff will continue to provide resources needed for all Hokies to get their work done by offering online access to materials for research, teaching, and learning. 

This page pulls together information about electronic resources already available to all Hokies near and far and measures to ensure you get what you need. Refer back to this page periodically for updates regarding library operations and resources or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for updates.

Continue to monitor the university’s COVID-19 webpage for the best and latest information.

University Libraries website
Most of the University Libraries’ resources are available through the library’s homepage. To chat with a librarian, click on the teal Ask a Librarian tab on the left side of the page.

Library hours

Writing Center
The Writing Center is offering online-only assistance. The schedule can be found at https://vt.mywconline.com/.

Print Center
Closed

Library cafe
Closed

Public Events
All public in-person events scheduled in the library have been canceled through June 10. If you have a public event scheduled in Newman Library’s Multi-Purpose Room, please contact Sita Williams, library events coordinator, at sita@vt.edu. Check the Library events calendar to see if an event transitioned to online.

Library materials
Library users’ book and technology checkouts are extended through May 30. There will be no fines for overdue books that are unable to be returned during this time. We ask users to not return library materials and technologies until notified to do so.

You can renew books online by using My Library Account.

FAQs on library services
FAQs such as how do I consult with a Subject Specialist, take advantage of Interlibrary Loan,  and return materials. These FAQs will be updated and enhanced, so check back often.

Remote access to library resources
This detailed guide offers information about accessing library resources from afar.

Book a consultation
Book a virtual consultation on a variety of topics. 

LibKey Full-Text Finder Browser Plugin (Chrome)
This plugin provides easy full text of (many) library subscription resources from anywhere. 

Find and request course materials
While our print collection is currently unavailable, we still have options for accessing books:

The Teaching & Learning Engagement unit within the University Libraries is also available for consultations related to library instruction requests and other workshops and events related to library teaching and learning initiatives. 

When rapidly shifting your course from in-person to remote, what about copyright?
There are a lot of pedagogical and technical issues that make the shift from in-person to online teaching challenging, but for once, copyright is not a big additional area of worry!

Odyssey Learning Object Repository
Openly licensed videos, tutorials, and handouts for teaching about research, including citation management, data ethics, poster presentations, database research, and online communication. 

Online tutorial and educational resources
This is a list of online resources such as LinkedIn Learning, Rosetta Stone, and streaming videos that can supplement online teaching and learning. They can be added to existing courses by linking to the listed URLs in Canvas.

 

3D Design Studio
The 3D Design Studio is closed. 

Data Viz Studio
The Data Viz Studio is closed. Virtual consultations are available by-appointment, but only for academic projects. Email datavizstudio@vt.edu to request an appointment.

Fusion Studio
Fusion Studio is closed.

Media Design Studio A
Media Design Studio A is closed. Virtual consultations are available by-appointment, but only for academic projects. For technology lending inquiries, contact mediastudio+a@vt.edu.

Media Design Studio B
The Media Design Studio B is closed. Virtual consultations are available by-appointment, but only for academic projects. Email mediastudio+b@vt.edu to request an appointment.

Virtual Environments Studio
The Virtual Environments Studio is closed. Virtual consultations are available by-appointment, but only for academic projects. Email virtualstudio@vt.edu to request an appointment.

ICAT Studios
Closed

Special Collections and University Archives reading room is closed to the public.  We are available for virtual reference at specref@vt.edu and we will be checking voicemail for our reference desk (540-231-6308).