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Books (also called monographs) is any non-serial publication (not a newspaper, magazine, or journal) about a particular subject, usually written by a single person. While serials are received multiple times (each time a new issue is published), books are received only once (at least until a new edition is published). Scholarly books often include extensive bibliographies. Books can be found in multiple formats (such as audio books or ebooks). The tools used for locating books can also locate manuscripts, or unpublished works. These un-reproduced works are often one of a kind.


Locate books and ebooks, plus similar materials (manuscripts, theses and dissertations, music score, scripts, and government publications) through Summon, our comprehensive database of library resources. You can use the facets on the left side of the screen to limit your search to particular format(s). Another facet allows for including results from other libraries that you could request through interlibrary loan.

Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) 

Request the items you need that are not found in Addison or via the electronic collections listed below through ILLiad. This is a free service available to current Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, but you must create an account in order to request materials.

Other library catalogs 

You can use ILLiad to request items found in these catalogs if Virginia Tech does not own them.

Library of Congress Online Catalog

Search as in Addison: keyword, author, title, subject. Also search the LoC's Print and Photographs Online Catalog or its Sound Online Inventory & Catalog (SONIC).

Center for Research Libraries

As a member of the Center for Research Libraries, Virginia Tech offers extended borrowing through interlibrary loan.

Montgomery-Floyd Regional (Blacksburg) Public Library

The Blacksburg branch is located at the corner of Miller and Draper, just blocks from Newman Library.

Radford University Library

Holders of Hokie Passports can check out items from Radford's library, or use ILLiad to have them delivered here.

University of Virginia Libraries

Visit UVA in Charlottesville or request items via ILLiad.

Library of Virginia

The Library of Virginia collections include books, magazines, newspapers, state and Federal publications; county and city government records, state government records, architectural drawings and plans, Bible records, business records, organization records, personal papers, genealogical notes and charts; maps, rare books, broadsides, sheet music, posters, prints and engravings, postcards, paintings, sculpture and photographs. Learn more about research at the Library of Virginia.

VCOM Library Catalog

Part of the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, located at 2265 Kraft Drive, Blacksburg (in the corporate research center).

Other academic libraries in Virginia

A searchable directory of libraries and library catalogs.

Library catalogs and websites worldwide (search individual catalogs around the world)

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Records for books, journals, sound recordings, videos and manuscript collected and catalogued by your library and libraries around the world. Includes manuscripts written as early as the 11th century.

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