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Students get your laptops ready for a new school year

Aug. 22, 2013 – It's the start of a new academic year, and now's a great time to get your laptop ready for using the campus wireless network, our printers, and library-related software.

Wireless network

The university has rolled out a new means to connect to the main wireless network that much easier than it has been in the past. The new XpressConnect method will walk you through the authentication process, configuring your device, and connecting to the network. Our limited experience with this method has proven very successful on the devices we've been able to test.

  • You need to be registered to use the wireless network. It's free for most students, faculty, and staff, but if you have not registered, no form of connecting to the network will work for you.
  • You'll need a network password. That's a different password from your Gmail password and PID password. That password is also useful if you want to connect using the campus VPN.
  • There is no open public wireless at Virginia Tech. If you are not affiliated with the university, you are welcome to use our public computers, located on each floor.

Use our printers

You can print to our copier/printer/scanners from anywhere in the world, as long as you pick up your print jobs within 48 hours. Simply install the Newman Public Printing printer driver (Windows version / Mac version) by downloading the installation package and running the installer. Once it's installed, choose that printer from the list installed on your computer, print from the program you are using, check printing options like black and white vs color, single-sided vs duplexing, and paper size, then enter your Hokie Passport number.

When you later visit one of our printers (located on the first, second, and fourth floors of Newman Library and the two Blacksburg branch libraries), just swipe your card to pay, and choose which print jobs to release.

You can also send documents via email to our printers, if you need use print from a mobile device.

Library software

Once you have research assignments to work on, you'll want to keep track of the citations of the sources you'll be using for that projects. We recommend grad students and upperclassmen install EndNote, software that will store and organize those citations. It's great for longer-term projects, and offers a lot of features, so we'll have workshops on using EndNote throughout the semester.

For underclassmen and others working on shorter-term projects, we recommend Zotero. It doesn't have quite the learning-curve as EndNote, but still does a great job organizing your citations so you can use them in the papers you write.

We recommend anyone living off campus install LibX, a browser plugin that has several great features, but most importantly, gives you a menu option to reload pages you visit through Off Campus Sign In. So if you reach an article or ebook and realize you forgot to start with Off Campus Sign In, you can quickly reconnect to the service without having to backtrack.

The library doesn't offer much more in software, but Student Software Distribution in the Torgersen Bridge has everything else you'll need to install for your classes. University Computing Support will also be set up in Torgersen 1100 if you need assistance with your laptop.

Newman Library exam hours

Sun, Dec 14: open 7:30am*
Mon-Wed, Dec 15-17: open 24 hours*
Thu, Dec 18: close 8:00pm
Fri, Dec 19: 7:30am - 8:00pm
Sat-Sun, Dec 20-21: 9:00am - 6:00pm

* 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

NVC Resource Center winter 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 fall hours

Sun, Dec 14: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Mon-Thur, Dec 15-18: 7:30am - 11:00pm
Fri, Dec 19: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Sat-Sun, Dec 20-21: Closed

Current semester hours