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What is an extended campus user?

Extended campus is a synonym for distance education. These pages are primarily aimed at Virginia Tech students who are currently enrolled in classes (or thesis/dissertation credit) being offered at a remote site (e.g., Graduate Centers) or offered online, and to faculty and staff working at a Virginia Tech remote site (e.g., Graduate Centers, Extension offices, ARECs, Equine Medical Center, etc.).

If you work or attend classes on the Blacksburg campus, then you are not generally considered to be an extended-campus user. There is one notable exception: If you reside outside of the New River Valley, then you are eligible to use ILLiad service to receive extended-campus document delivery and interlibrary loan services, which means library materials are mailed directly to your home address. The ILLiad service defines extended-campus users geographically. If your mailing address is outside the New River Valley counties of Montgomery, Giles, and Pulaski, then you are an extended-campus customer.

Extended campus user access to online library resources

Remote access to some of the library's online resources - databases, ebooks, ejournals, and selected Virginia Tech electronic theses and dissertations - is restricted to current Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students. Any individual can access these same online resources, however, from on-campus public computers on the Blackburg campus or at the Northern Virginia Center Resource Center in Falls Church.

If you access one of these resources from the campus network (wired or wireless), the provider will recognize you are part of the Virginia Tech community and allow access.

If you access these resources from outside the campus network (your home ISP, a cellular network, a business or public school network, or a company's wireless network), you will not be recognized as part of the Virginia Tech community and will have to take an extra step to gain access. Off Campus Sign In will authenticate you (using your PID and password) and authorize you (because you are a current student, faculty, or staff member). You can also connect to the campus network using the VPN (Virtual Private Network).

Extended campus user services

We provide several services to extended campus users, free of charge, including mailing materials to your home address, providing research assistance, and the many online resources mentioned above.