Newman Library has a number of collections beyond the books and journals in the Stacks. Many of these are kept at the Circulation Desk or have shorter checkout periods. See our borrowing privileges page for details.
Newman Library has a small collection of donated card and board games. Located on the new books shelf near the DVDs, games can be checked out for 5 days, just like DVDs. We make no effort to check the contents of returned games, so please be sure to put everything back in the box.
We have a collection of about 150 audiocassette titles which encompasses music, interviews, poetry readings and more. Please note that we do not have a popular "books on tape" collection; these may be found at the local public library. Cassettes are searchable in Addison by call number, title, and artist/composer.
The library is able to purchase streaming rights for some DVDs (mostly educational titles). Instructors who want to use a movie for distance learning courses can link to these streaming videos for their students. Links are present on each DVD's record in Addison. Inquire with your college librarian when requesting a film be purchased to see if streaming rights are available.
Microforms are non-circulating photographic reductions of print materials produced in the interest of saving space,obtaining or preserving rare or heavily used materials, or providing duplicate copies. Newman Library has a microforms collection numbering near 6 million items, including prints of books, magazines, newspapers, and engineering and technical reports.
The phonorecord collection (also known as albums) is located in the off-campus storage facility. Items from this collection may be requested by using Request feature on Addison. Items are available for pickup within two business days at the Newman Circulation Desk or any of the branch libraries. Phonorecords are listed in Addison by call number, title and artist/composer.
Initiated in 2006 by Mr. Ray Gaskins for the purchase of DVDs and videos of classic and popular films.
Dr. Ray Gaskins ('64) received his B.S in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Statistics from Virginia Tech before joining the faculty of Hampden Sydney College, where he now holds Emeritus status. His decision to financially support the film collection comes from his deep interest in cinema and his desire to see Virginia Tech's collection become one of the largest in the mid-Atlantic region.
A complete list of DVDs in the Ray Gaskins DVD collection is available in Addison.
The reference collection, labeled as Reference Room in Addison and Summon, contains sources for quick answers and guides into other sources in the stacks and online. Material in the collection includes
We have several sources for streaming videos that can be shown in class or assigned for viewing by students anywhere.
The video collection consists of over 7000 items, encompassing both educational and more popular titles. Most of these are in the NTSC (VHS) format, but we have some titles in PAL (a format used in Europe and Asia) as well. Videos are searchable in Addison by title, actor/director, subject, and call number. The video collection is kept in the former reshelving room on the second floor (room 2020) sorted in call number order.