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The Research & Instruction Services department offers both stand-alone workshops for library patrons as well as in-class sessions arranged by the class instructor. Contact your college librarian to set up an instruction session. Librarians can come to your regular classroom, or we can use of one of the library classrooms. We also offer self-guides audio tours of Newman Library.

Information literacy

Information literacy is commonly defined as "the ability to locate, evaluate, and efficiently use information" and is comprised of several components:

  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Computer literacy

Students have to be able navigate the Libraries and our print and electronic information resources; they need to be able to evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information to come to conclusions; and they need to be familiar with computers and computer applications not only to find and retrieve information but also to communicate their findings.

Lifelong learning is also encouraged through the promotion of information literacy. Students develop an appreciation of how these skills will assist them in their future coursework and careers, along with developing an understanding of the impact information has on society and their lives.

Self-paced instruction options

The libraries offer a number of tutorials and other options for self-paced instruction on the library research process.

Instructional services for extended-campus users

To find out more about the instructional services available from the University Libraries, email the distance education support group, or your College Librarian. The group is also your contact for information on Off Campus Sign In or PIDs.

Information on how to obtain the hard copy of library resources at extended campus locations can be found at the Interlibrary Loan web site.


Newman Library tour options

Self-guided audio tour

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. Locations and services are highlighted, and the tour takes about an hour. You can use your mobile device or check out an iPad from the Circulation Desk.

 

Newman Library spring hours

Sun: Open 9:00am*
Mon-Thu: Open 24 hours*
Fri: Close 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.

Current semester hours

Art + Architecture Library spring hours

Sun: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Mon-Thu: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Fri: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sat: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Current semester hours

NVC Resource Center spring hours

Sun: Closed
Mon-Thu: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Fri: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Current semester hours

Veterinary Medicine Library spring hours

Sun: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Mon-Thu: 7:30am - 11:00pm
Fri: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Current semester hours