10 Things You Should Know About the University Libraries

In celebration of National Library Week, we’re listing off 10 things about Virginia Tech’s University Libraries you might not know, but should.


1) If you’re running between classes and don’t have time to search the stacks, Newman Library offers Book Running services. You can submit a request to check out a book via Addison, our catalog of things we have physical copies of, and ask for the book to be placed on the hold shelf at Newman Library, or dropped off at other participating locations.


Books, Newman Library, graphic, DOF2) Looking for a specific book (or other materials), but it’s not available through the libraries? After you’ve checked Summon, you can put in a request for it, which the library will consider for purchase. The libraries will also borrow copies for you from other libraries.


3) On the first floor of Newman Library, Special Collections holds manuscript collections, rare books, and the University Archives, among other fascinating finds. You can use these historic documents and collections for your research, or just to look at and hold things that are hundreds of years old, because history.


Newman Library

4) Stuck in your research? Don’t know what to look for in the library or where to find it? A librarian is on standby to help during library hours on the second floor of Newman Library at the reference desk or via chat online. You can even text a librarian questions at (540) 986-4614.


5) You can pick up a book to read and then grab some coffee on the first floor from our library cafe, EspressOasis, which has recently-extended hours Monday-Wednesday so you can get a late-night caffeine fix.


Students studying and making use of the new furniture and renovated spaces in Newman Library.

6) Ever wanted to give 3D printing a shot? You’re in luck, because we’ve recently opened the 3D Design Studio on the second floor of Newman Library. Whether you’re a novice or pro, you can work with our staff to design and print all kinds of objects for free.



7) The circulation desk has laptops, iPads, cameras, calculators and more available for checkout. If for some reason you even need a VHS player, they have those, too.


8) If you’re at Newman Library and want to securely store your personal belongings, you can use self-service lockers, located in the stairwell behind the circulation desk on the second floor.


9) Starting a project that will require data? Have no idea how to keep track of it all? We’ve got a guide for that – and a bunch of other subject guides, too!


10) Need a lot of computing power and high-end software? We understand. Port, located on the fourth floor of Newman Library as you head to Torg bridge, allows you to use high-end software so you don’t have to spend your own cash on it. Port’s software line-up includes high-end media editing, data visualization, CAD, statistical analysis, and more.



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