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Alumni PIDs

Recent students retain their PID when they become an alumnus of the university. Alumni who graduated longer ago may no longer have a PID assigned to them. Such individuals may create a PID by self-generating a PID through the tool available online. The alum must provide the following information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • University ID number
  • First term of attendance
  • Last term of attendance
  • Degree major
  • Degree received

Individuals having difficulty providing this information should contact the office of the University Registrar at 540-231-6252.

Individuals having difficulty working with the PID generation tool may contact 4HELP at 540-231-4357.

Using your PID

Your PID and its corresponding password give you access to a variety of Virginia Tech resources, including access to the library's Alumni Library Portal Sign In, HokieSPA for accessing transcripts, and the Alumni Directory. The library does not manage PIDs (for alumni, current students, or faculty); you must maintain current contact information and regularly change your password.

Note that the transition of the university's email to Gmail means your PID password may not be the same as your email password.

Acceptable use policies

The university reserves the right to take actions that result in a PID not being usable.

Read and follow the rules and policies detailed in the Acceptable Use of Information Systems at Virginia Tech. Most of these rules are common sense and they are taken seriously by the people in charge of the Virginia Tech network. Penalties for abuse of the rules laid down in the policy can run from warnings to expulsion from Virginia Tech, depending on the severity of the offense. Some examples of violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Degrading the network performance
  • Selling access to your ID or network services
  • Systematic downloading of licensed library resources or using those licensed resources for commercial purposes

If they library find access to our Alumni Library Portal Sign In service is being abused, such as detecting a PID being used in multiple location simultaneously or mass downloading of documents in our licensed resources, that PID will be permanently blocked from the service. Do not share your PID or associated services with others, including family members.


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