The Virginia Tech Libraries has licensed a small selection of databases (sources of journal articles and ebooks) for use by Virginia Tech alumni. While most of our databases are licensed solely for use by current students, faculty, and staff, these select databases combined with our vetted list of freely accessible, scholarly databases and the licensed databases available to you through your local public library provide a wealth of academic, consumer, and business publications and data.
We control access to these select licensed resources through the Alumni Library Portal Sign In service. By authenticating with your PID and password, the databases will recognize you as a Virginia Tech alumnus and allow access to their content that is included in our subscription (we don't necessarily have access to everything through a given database).
Alumni Library Portal Sign In is the mechanism the Library uses to authenticate alumni to access licensed resources. The Alumni Library Portal includes links to many freely accessible databases that provide journal articles, ebooks, conference papers, data sets, and more, but a few licensed databases require authentication prior to access.
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. 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.