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Library Resources - Summer and Fall 2020

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech is ready to help you learn, create, and innovate in the fall.

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. Beginning Monday, August 17, the University Libraries will be providing in-person services and opening facilities in accordance with the university's health and safety guidelines. Students will be able to check seat availability and reserve a study spot through the University Libraries' online reservation system before coming to the library. Refer back to this page periodically or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @VTLibraries.

Monitor the university's VT Ready page for the best and latest university-wide opening 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
Newman Library
 is scheduled to reopen to faculty, students, and community members on Monday, August 17. The Library is developing a reservation system for seating and study spaces to help ensure students have a place to study while observing the university's health and safety guidelines. More information will be shared as we get closer to Newman Library's scheduled opening date. For library assistance Ask a Librarian or book an online consultation.  

Art & Architecture Library will open to faculty and students on August 24, and hours will be Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Library access will be available by appointment only using the seat reservation system (coming soon). The A&A Library will be limited to eight patrons at a time, with a maximum one-hour appointment slot. Book a virtual appointment with the Art and Architecture librarian. Learn more and reserve your materials. 

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Library is open to School of Medicine and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute faculty, students, and staff. To view library information and access library resources and expertise, visit the VTCSOM Library resource guide or contact Rita McCandless for assistance. 

Veterinary Medicine Library is now open by appointment between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m, Monday -Friday for pickup/drop-off of materials and equipment, 3D prints, and use of the Virtual Reality program. Please email us at to schedule a time to stop by. 

Library spaces in Falls Church are closed. Please email for assistance and questions.

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

Print Center
The Print Center in Newman Library will open August 17.

Library cafe

Public Events
All public in-person events scheduled in the library have been canceled through August 17. 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.

Book and technology check outs and returns
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. Patrons can return Interlibrary Loan materials using the pre-paid U.S. Postal Service label

For technology lending inquiries, contact

Interlibrary Loan
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.

Beginning August 10, Interlibrary Loan will resume 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. 

Grab and Go Contactless Pickup (this service ends August 14)
Library patrons can place hold requests on most circulating formats held in the Newman Library stacks, Library Service Centers (remote storage), Veterinary Medicine Library, and Art & Architecture Library. DVDs, cassettes tapes, microforms and maps, materials in the reserve and textbook collection, and technology from the Newman Library's Service Desk or Media Design Studio A are not available at this time.

To reserve your grab and go contactless pickup, visit the information and reservation page. There you will request your hold on the materials and reserve a pickup time. If you choose to reserve pickup at the Veterinary Medicine Library location, specific pickup directions will be emailed to you once you reserve your items.

When it's time to pick up your items at Newman Library:

  • Drive or walk to Newman Library's Alumni Mall entrance. Short-term grab and go service parking is available. 

  • Wait outside and text us at 540-986-4614

  • We will verify your name and text you when your items are ready

  • You can enter via the doors on the left side of the Alumni Mall entrance and collect your requested items from a table in our vestibule

Please note that we will not be collecting returns or answering questions from this service point. If you have returns, please place them in the return bin located outside of Newman Library's Alumni Mall entrance.

For questions and to reserve your materials, visit the grab and go information and reservation page.


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. 

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 3 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 liaison 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
Virginia Tech ebook collections. Use the Ebook Title Database to find out if an ebook is available for a title you need. We continue to purchase ebooks; 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
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. Virtual consultations are available by-appointment; visit our consultations page to book an appointment. 

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

Media Design Studio A
Media Design Studio A is closed. Virtual consultations are available by-appointment; visit our consultations page to book an appointment. For technology lending inquiries, contact

Media Design Studio B
The Media Design Studio B is closed. Virtual consultations are available by-appointment; visit  our consultations page to book an appointment.

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

ICAT Studios


The reading room is closed to the public.  We are available for virtual reference at and we will be checking voicemail for our reference desk (540-231-6308).