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What is Addison?


Addison is Virginia Tech's library catalog. It is named after William Addison Caldwell, the first student to enroll at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College that eventually became Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 

Addison includes records for the physical items in our collections:

  • books
  • journals
  • DVDs, Blu-rays, and laser discs
  • CDs (music and software)
  • VHS and cassette tapes
  • vinyl records
  • 8mm and 16mm films and 35mm slides
  • microforms

Addison also includes some electronic items:

  • databases
  • government documents and statistics
  • data sets
  • streaming videos

Our collections include many online items that have no records in Addison, including many ebooks and ejournals. Use Summon to search both our physical and online collections. Addison does not contain records for individual articles. Use Summon or a database to search for articles.

My Library Account

Addison also provides access to My Library Account, where you can see

  • Items currently checked out to you (and can renew)
  • Requests you have submitted (recalls, storage items, pages items, branch items)
  • Fines you have accrued
  • Saved searches and alerts
  • Saved lists
  • Reading history after you have opted in to the service

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Addison contains records for items owned by the Virginia Tech Libraries: books, videos, microforms, newspapers, and journals. It does not contain individual articles from newspapers and journals