The Reference staff are available for individual assistance when you need help with research or using the Libraries. We can help you use our various electronic and print resources to find the books, articles, or facts you need for your research.
This Reference Desk and Ready Reference collection is located on the second floor of the building, near the Circulation Desk. The Reference Room collection is located on the second floor near the reference desk and the rest rooms.
This desk will answer general reference questions, along with questions pertaining to courses and research in business, liberal arts and human sciences, performing arts, and law.
This Reference Desk and Ready Reference collection is located on the fourth floor near the main elevators. This desk is staffed most of the hours the library is open. The Reference Collection is located just across from the desk.
This desk will answer general reference questions, along with questions pertaining to science, agriculture, natural resources, engineering, and medicine.
Branch libraries have combination reference and circulation desks. Assistance is available all hours these branches are open.
Use our Ask a Librarian chat service. The service is staffed all hours the library is open.
Library not open? Leave us an email through the Ask a Librarian email service. We'll answer when our desks are next staffed.
Sun: Open 9:00am*
Mon-Thu: Open 24 hours*
Fri: Close at 8:00pm*
Sat: 9:00am - 8:00pm
* During 24 hour operation, a valid Hokie Passport is required to access or remain in the library between 12 midnight and 7:30am.
Our primary tour option for individuals is a self-guided, audio tour with a graded quiz that can be used to show attendance for classes that require participation or give extra credit.
The tour consists of 16 different information stops/points, accessible by using a device to scan a QR code. Once scanned using the camera in your mobile device and its built-in reader or a separate app, your device will play an audio track (with some photos/videos) explaining the different services that are offered in Newman Library and how our collections are organized. The audio track at each stop will direct you to the next stop, where you will scan the next QR code.
To take the tour you will either need to use a smartphone or tablet, have access to Virginia Tech's wireless network (we recommend wireless over a cellular data network since several sections of the library get little to no cellular signal), and have headphones or earbuds to hear the narration. If you do not have a suitable device, then you can check out an iPad at the Circulation Desk. Circulation staff will show you how to use their iPads and where to start the tour.