Access to Library Resources
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 spaces in Falls Church are closed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance and questions.
- Newman Library is closed. For library assistance Ask a Librarian or book an online consultation.
- Art & Architecture Library is closed. Book a virtual appointment with the Art and Architecture librarian.
- School of Medicine Library is closed. For assistance email Rita McCandless.
- The Veterinary Medicine Library is closed. To access library resources and expertise, visit the VetMed Library resource guide to remotely connect with a Veterinary Medicine librarian.
The Writing Center is offering online-only assistance. The schedule can be found at https://vt.mywconline.com/.
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 email@example.com. Check the Library events calendar to see if an event transitioned to online.
Library users’ book and technology checkouts are extended. Please visit the library materials return FAQs for more information. 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.
Electronic access to print collection through HathiTrust
Virginia Tech students and employees now have access to close to 50 percent of the University Libraries' print collection through HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). Learn more.
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:
- Virginia Tech ebook collections. Use the Ebook Title Database (https://guides.lib.vt.edu/find/ebooks) to lookup if an ebook is available for a title you need. We continue to purchase ebooks; make a request (https://catalog.lib.vt.edu/cgi-bin/koha/opac-suggestions.pl?op=add) if you can’t find what you need.
- RedShelf (https://studentresponse.redshelf.com/) and Vital Source (https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/#/) are providing free access to textbooks. You’ll need to create a profile with your VT email to access.
- Internet Archive National Emergency Library (https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary) provides access to scanned books. You’ll need to create a free profile, and downloads expire after a limited duration.Our partners at Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) have a robust list of resources and workshops for continuity of instruction.
- HathiTrust has opened their collection of scanned books for reading of in-copyright material. Use the Login button, choose Virginia Tech, then use the standard login method. You can read books through your browser that are in our local print collection, for a limited duration, with one user checkout per book at a time.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.
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 email@example.com.
Media Design Studio B
The Media Design Studio B is closed. Virtual consultations are available by-appointment, but only for academic projects. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to request an appointment.
Special Collections and University Archives reading room is closed to the public. We are available for virtual reference at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be checking voicemail for our reference desk (540-231-6308).