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Library Resources - Spring 2021

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech is ready to help you learn, create, and innovate in 2021!

Library faculty and staff continue to provide resources needed for all Hokies to get their work done by offering online access to materials for research, teaching, and learning. University Libraries is providing in-person services in accordance with the university's health and safety guidelines.  Refer to general information and hours below for more information. 

This spring, the University Libraries is updating policies regarding food and drink and face covering compliance. Please review the spring 2021 library policies below. 

Check seat availability and reserve a study spot through the University Libraries' online reservation system before coming to the library. Make your reservation and learn more about the reservation system. Also, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @VTLibraries to get the latest updates.

Monitor the university's Virginia Tech Ready page for the best and latest university-wide 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. Reserve a seat before coming to the library. Please keep in mind that library hours may vary.

Library materials can be returned to one of three locations:

Northern Virginia Center 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA 22043

Use the Library Book Return located  next to the delivery entrance behind the NVC building (available 24/7) or the return slot in the orange wall next to the library entrance on the first floor.

VTRC Arlington 900 N Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203

The book return is located on the 6th floor within SPIA space that requires a key fob for access (no public access).

WAAC 1001 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

The book return is the gray "mailbox" inside the main entrance that requires a key fob available to WAAC faculty, staff, and students (no public access).

Writing Center

The Writing Center is offering online-only assistance. The schedule can be found here

Print Center

The Print Center in Newman Library is open.

Library cafe

The cafe's coffee and food service will remain closed during spring semester. However, seating is reservable

This spring, food is prohibited in Newman Library, however, drinks in closed containers are allowed. Masks should be worn except while actively drinking. Please help us prioritize the cleaning and disinfection of public spaces and high traffic areas by not bringing food or drink into our facilities.

Public Events

If you have a public event scheduled in Newman Library’s Multi-Purpose Room, please contact Sita Williams, library events coordinator, at Check the Library events calendar to see if an event is offered online.

Face covering requirement
The university has instituted a mandatory face covering policy. Please adhere to this policy. All library patrons are required to wear a face covering to enter library facilities, and masks or other coverings should be worn at all times while in public spaces such as Newman Library's commons and other study areas, studios, and bathrooms.

Proper usage of face coverings will be monitored. The University Libraries reserves the right to close its facilities if fewer than 90 percent of its patrons in the facility are wearing face coverings. If the compliance rate drops below 90 percent, the library will evacuate patrons and close for approximately two hours.

Food and drink
Food is prohibited in Newman Library, however, drinks in closed containers are allowed. Face coverings should be worn except while actively drinking. Please help us prioritize the cleaning and disinfection of public spaces and high traffic areas by not bringing food into our facilities.

Seat reservations
The University Libraries offers a seat reservation system called LibCal Seats. Patrons must book a seat before coming to its locations to study. Seats may be reserved at Newman Library, the Veterinary Medicine Library, and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Library. 

VT Ready/University health and safety info
The University Libraries is committed to the wellbeing of its patrons, employees, and the greater community. For information on current Virginia Tech health and safety policies and guidelines, visit the VT Ready site at 

Book and technology check outs and returns
Please visit the library materials return FAQs for more information. You can renew books online by using My Library Account. Patrons can return Interlibrary Loan materials using the pre-paid U.S. Postal Service label

For technology lending inquiries, including laptops, contact or see the studios section below.

Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary load will reopen Jan. 4 for the spring semester. Current Interlibrary Loan services include scanning articles and book chapters from materials located at Newman, the Art & Architecture, Veterinary Medicine Libraries, and Library Service Centers. 

Interlibrary Loan is now shipping Virginia Tech owned materials to off-campus users and branches in the Washington, D.C. metro region.

Interlibrary Loan resumed requesting print materials from Virginia and  Association of Southeastern Research Libraries member libraries as they reopen. Please allow extra time for request processing, and be aware that many libraries are not currently providing print materials. Once libraries re-open and resume lending, we will phase in requesting materials.

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. 

Lecture capture service
The library has temporarily retrofitted one of its existing spaces to accommodate easy lecture capture for instructors. The space is staffed with a student worker who will setup the technology and start the recording. After you are finished, the student worker will help you finalize the video so you can either take the videos with you on a flash drive or upload them directly to Kaltura.

Learn more and book your time.

Print course reserves
Checkout periods for print course reserves in Newman Library will be for the duration of the business day. For the safety of our patrons and staff, checked-in items will be quarantined for at least three days. The normal rapid check-in and check-out of reserve materials will not be feasible, so we strongly encourage you to explore our other suggested options. Forms for requesting items to be placed on course reserves are available on our Course Reserves page. For branch library reserves policies, please contact the branch.

Your library subject specialist will work with you to find online course texts, journal articles, book chapters, handbooks, or videos and to explore possible alternatives. Check with your subject specialist to see if a suitable ebook edition is available for the textbook(s) you plan to use. Or, if there are alternative choices you might use for a course, send your subject specialist the list of possibilities, and we’ll check on availability.

Options for accessing textbooks
Use the Ebook Title Database to find out if an ebook is available for a title you need. We continue to purchase ebooks. Please make a request if you can’t find what you need.

More than 800 faculty-authored open textbooks exist in various disciplines. The University Libraries maintains a finding guide: Assistance locating, authoring, or adapting open educational resources is available from

VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal - VIVA, Virginia's Academic Library Consortium provides the VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal to assist in selection and acquisition of open and library-owned etextbooks for courses. 

Consultations regarding open course materials are available by contacting the Assistant Director for Open Education at or requesting a consultation at

Interlibrary Loan is now scanning articles and book chapters from materials located at Newman, the Art & Architecture, and Veterinary Medicine Libraries, along with materials at the storage facility. 

Additional teaching resources
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. 

Odyssey Learning Object Repository
Odyssey Learning Object Repository houses 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
3D Design Studio is operating fully remotely for spring 2021. Patrons may access the service by submitting a survey. At this time, we are only accepting models for course work and research. Preferred file formats are .stl and .obj. Patrons will receive an email when their completed object is available for pick-up outside of the 3D Design Studio in Newman Library.

3D scanning services are available on a case-by-case basis through our booking website. Once your item is scanned, it will be availabe for pickup outside of the studio in Newman Library. Human subject 3D scanning is not available this semester. Any questions about the space or its services can be directed to

Data Viz Studio
The Data Viz Studio is closed. Virtual consultations are available by-appointment; visit our consultations page to book an appointment.

Fusion Studio
The Fusion Studio is currently open to members and accepting applications for new teams. Members should review the information on the Canvas site, as many procedures have changed. Those who are interested in joining the studio can apply via the "Apply for Studio Membership" button on our website

The Fusion Studio will also continue to offer consultations and virtual workshops on topics related to collaboration skills, with a special focus on virtual collaboration. Any questions about the space or its operations should be directed to

Media Design Studio A
Media Design Studio A is open for returns and technology lending. Please reserve your technology, including laptops, through the online booking system

Technology loans are for two weeks at a time, and must be made 24 hours in advance for all technology except laptops. Items are quarantined for a week after return. Sound booths will only have one booking per day.

Patrons can only access the studio through Torgersen Bridge. The studio's computer lab is closed. However, patrons can check out a laptop with lab software installed.

Virtual consultations are available by-appointment; visit our consultations page to book an appointment. For technology lending inquiries, contact

Media Design Studio B
Media Design Studio B will be bookable Monday through Friday, 1 - 7 p.m. Bookings must be made on online at least 24 hours in advance.  The studio will not be open for walk-ins.

A maximum of two patrons can be in the space for a booking. Padding time between bookings will automatically be added to facilitate cleaning and allow for air circulation in the room. Face coverings will be required while in the space and can only be removed by patrons if they are actively recording audio or video that requires their voice. 

The Media Design Studios will continue to offer consultations and workshops for creating audio and video projects. Information about these workshops and instructions on how to register can be found on the University Libraries' Events Calendar. Any questions about the space or its operations should be directed to

Virtual Environments Studio
The Virtual Environments Studio will be open normal hours during the spring semester but will not be accepting walk-in appointments. Users will need to reserve studio time before accessing and using the room.

Padding time between bookings is automatically added to the system to facilitate cleaning and air circulation in the room. Face coverings are required while in the space, and partons are expected to follow directives from library staff.

The Virtual Environments Studio continues to offer consultations on topics related to VR/AR and offers free online workshops on software such as Unity. Information on these workshops and instructions on how to register can be found on the University Libraries' Events Calendar. For questions about the space or its operations, email

ICAT Studios

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is open by-appointment from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday (subject to availability of staff). Seats can be booked using the Library's seat reservation system or by going directly to the Special Collections and University Archives seat page. Seats must be booked one (1) week in advance. Additional SCUA policies and information for booking and visiting by-appointment are available on our website. For more information or if you have questions,you can contact us at or 540-231-6308 (please leave a message for a call back)