The Virginia Tech Libraries selects items for its collections primarily based on the academic research needs of its users. While we will continue to collect best selling fiction books, music CDs and popular movies on DVD, selections are research-driven and are only representative of the body of popular works published each year. We typically purchase a single copy of a work.
In contrasts, public libraries strive to collect popular works (among many other types), with frequent turn over of their collections. Multiple copies will be purchased of popular materials. We highly recommend our students, faculty and staff take advantage of the offerings of their local public library.
The Blacksburg branch of the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library (MFRL) is located at 200 Miller Street in downtown Blacksburg, just a few blocks from Newman Library. Residents of Virginia and Virginia Tech students who live in Blacksburg, Montgomery County or Floyd County are eligible to receive a library card. Students should take their Hokie Passport and proof of residence (a piece of mail received at current street address with a recent postmark, such as a utility bill, a bank statement, a lease agreement or a copy of your campus housing form from VT that can be accessed through Hokie SPA) to the Blacksburg branch to register for a free library card.
Unlike the University Libraries, you can reserve books and other materials in advance so that they will be waiting for you when you come to the library. First, log on with your User ID (your barcode number) and your PIN. Search for material, then click on the Details button of the material you want. Next, click on place hold on the left. When at the hold screen, click on the place hold button at the bottom to place your hold.
Through Find It Virginia library card holders have access to a number of databases not available through the Virginia Tech Libraries. Databases include a number of InfoTrac databases such as the Biography Resource Center, Expanded Academic Index, Military and Intelligence Database, and Contemporary Literary Criticism Select. Other databases include Heritage Quest (useful for genealogy) and netLibrary (for ebooks that are not part of the Virginia Tech Libraries' collection). Simply login to Find It Virginia with your MFRL library card number to access these databases.
As part of our collection policies, the Virginia Tech Libraries do not purchase audio books. A few older materials are available on cassette. However, the MFRL does collect audio books. Simply use the Power Search and search by author, title or keyword and add "books on cd" to the Subjects field. The Blacksburg branch has almost 2000 audio books, and even more can be requested from other branches in the MFRL system.
The Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library system now offers downloadable WMA and MP3 audiobooks in cooperation with other Southwest Virginia Public Libraries. Depending upon the title and your hardware, you'll be able to listen to these audiobooks on your computer, from a CD, or on your portable music device.