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Welcome Hokies!


You’ve got a big adventure ahead and the University Libraries is here to help. From books to recording studios, research consultants to gaming systems, we’re here to connect you with whatever you need, so ask us anything! Scroll below to find all the ways the University Libraries can help you get stuff done. 


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Access Expert Help

We are excited to help you with all your questions big and small. If we don’t know the answer, we will find out who does!

Examples of consultations include citation managers, maker skills, project management, and more.

Book a consultation or chat with us anytime!

There is a person for everybody! We are available to help with papers, projects, questions, and more in your specific area of study.

Find your liaison librarian.

The Writing Center can help with papers and writing assignments for your courses and beyond!

Set up an appointment.

CommLab has folks trained in public speaking to help you practice and develop presentations.

Set up an appointment.

Writing Center Check in table with a woman sitting behind the desk.
The Writing Center is managed by the English Department and it is located on the 2nd Floor of Newman Library.

We have a network of resources to help you begin your research journey including publishing, applying for grant funding, and presenting your work.

Learn more about undergraduate research.

Check out more about collaboration and grant opportunities through Fusion Studio.

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Amanda MacDonald talks about undergraduate research support and her Nintendo Knowledge.

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Learn through play

Visit the Prototyping Studio to 3D print nearly anything you can think of for free.  

The Studios Technology Lending Desk and the Media Recording Studio are here with tools, software, and experts to help you take projects to the next level. 

Virtual Environments Studio has walk-in and bookable hour blocks for play or development in virtual reality. 

Learn more about all our studios!

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Alice Rogers talks about what she does, and what you can do at the Media Design Studios.

Find new communities or folks who share the same questions and passions as you!

Past events we’ve sponsored:

Learn new skills and explore questions big and small in the classroom with our expert teachers.

Past workshops we’ve taught: 

  • Applying tabletop gaming skills to group projects
  • Designing for 3D printing, virtual reality, augmented reality, motion graphics 
  • Digital illustration
  • Machine learning
  • Podcast editing

Check out our Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events and workshops!

Take your projects and play to the next level with fun board games like Munchkin and media equipment like cameras and microphones.

Check out equipment

Grab a book from our rotating collection of newly released or bestselling fiction, nonfiction, travel guides, and graphic novels.

Learn more!

Whether you’re looking for documentaries, classic films, television series, or recent releases, we’ve got you covered.

Check out free streaming popular movies or documentaries

Don’t see something? Request it from another library or suggest that we purchase it!

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Expand your skills and understanding

We have student jobs all over the library to help you build your skills and gain experience. Apply here!

Read about one student’s journey from virtual worlds in the Library to a dream job at Microsoft.

Or about another student’s work to highlight stories of marginalized communities.

Student worker transcribes materials in Special Collections and University Archives
Through his work in Special Collections and University Archives, Juan Pacheco transcribes oral histories to help tell the stories of marginalized communities. Photo by Trevor Finney for Virginia Tech.

Keep track of your journey and show off your hard work by creating an ePortfolio. They can be easy to build, great for a job hunt, and a powerful way to reflect on what you've learned.

Learn more about e-portfolios.

Whether you need somewhere quiet or lively, something just for you or a big group, or a space filled with lots of tech - with arrangeable furniture and food allowed, we have many options!

Find study spaces.

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Watch to learn more about the study spaces in Newman Library!

Visit the library or visit our website to see our many exhibits including research and coursework from students and faculty, cultural and community pieces, interpretive exhibits of archival items, and traveling or digital exhibits.

Learn more about exhibits.


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The Vauquois exhibit mixed realities to take visitors to the tunnels of France. 

Get access to nearly any book out there through our physical and digital catalog.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? You can request it from another library or suggest that we purchase it.

Learn more about our collection.

Learn a skill, push your expertise, or just explore something new through our online resources such as Rosetta Stone, LinkedIn Learning, and Gnomon Workshop.

You can browse all of our subject guides here for so much more!

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See more videos of drones, 3D Scanning, and other great work people are doing at the University Libraries.

Ask us!

If you ever need help or have a question, look for the orange "Ask a Librarian" or "Ask the HokieBird" button anchored to the bottom right of every page.

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