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  • Computing resources

    We provide access to GIS, CAD, and statistical software on computers located in the Electronic Consulting Room (3320 Torgersen) and the Geospatial Data Consulting room (2030 Newman).

  • Map/geographical journals

    The Virginia Tech Libraries subscribe to many map and geography related journals, in print and online.
  • Mapping and statistical datasets owned

    Mapping datasets available through Newman Library include orthophotography and aerial photographs of Virginia.

  • Online databases

    Most of these databases are restricted to Virginia Tech affiliates; users not on the campus network should use Off Campus Sign In before accessing the links. See our complete list of statistical and data set databases for more details.

  • Statistical datasets on CD and DVD

    The library keeps a number of CDs and DVDs with Census statistics in the Electronic Consulting Room in Torgersen 3320.

  • What is GIS?

    • A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.
    • GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.
    • A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.
  • What we do

    University Libraries' Reference and Instructional Services Department offers assistance in discovery and use of statistical and cartographic data in Torgersen 3300 and Newman 2030. Library data services supports Virginia Tech faculty,staff, students, and the larger community on assignments and research in two main areas:

    Data services
    The University Libraries collects and maintains a wide range of data through agreements with the US federal government, Commonwealth of Virginia, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and other public and private sources. New sources become available via the Internet daily and we assist in discovery and procurement of sources on an as needed basis.
    Geospatial services
    Geospatial data is also available from the US federal government, Commonwealth of Virginia, other governments both domestic and international, and private sources. We provide access to Virginia aerial photographs, US Geological Survey maps and publications, and serve Blacksburg and Montgomery County data. We actively pursue discovery and procurement of geospatial data as requests arise and work with Office of GIS and Remote Sensing (VT-OGIS), the Center for Geospatial Information Technology (CGIT) and VT-Google Earth Enterprise.


Maps Librarian

GIS specialist

  • Ed Brooks
  • GIS Specialist
  • 540-231-9225
  • gisdata@vt.edu
  • Newman Library room 2030
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

Data request form

Newman Library summer hours

Sun: 9:00am - 10:00pm
Mon-Thu: 7:30am - 10:00pm
Fri: 7:30am - 10:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 8:00pm

Current semester hours