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We expect many of our patrons will be out of town during the Winter Break. Here's some resources for you while you are traveling:
Interlibrary loan services across the country tend to shut down around the holiday season as shipping becomes delayed and patrons travel. ILLiad requests submitted from Thursday, December 18, 2014 through Friday, January 2, 2015 will be held until Monday, January 5, 2015 to be processed.
This database is on trial through January 25, 2014. L'Année philologique from EBSCOhost indexes citations and abstracts of scholarly works relating to all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Its subjects are Greek and Latin literature and linguistics, including early Christian texts and patristics, Greek and Roman history, art, archaeology, philosophy, religion, mythology, music, science, and scholarly subspecialties such as numismatics, papyrology and epigraphy. 1800s to present. Please provide feedback on this database.
This database is on trial through January 16, 2015. It can be used on the campus network, but not off campus. Loeb Classical Library provides ebooks of Latin and Greek works that show the original language and English translation on facing pages. You can search using Latin or Greek letters.
The wireless network in Newman Library has been upgraded. All network access points have been replaced with newer devices, and 21 additional access points have been added around the building. Users should see faster connections and better network coverage.
Going home for the break, but still working on projects that require access to library materials? Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff can borrow library items on-site from nearly 40 other academic libraries across the state. The Virginia Tech Libraries and many other libraries participate in the VIVA Cooperative Borrowing program, which allows their students, faculty, and staff to check out library materials directly from those libraries.
Rosetta Stone offers online instruction in 25 languages, including English as a second language. Start with the Login with CAS link, where you'll create a personal profile to track your progress. Mobile app versions are available as well.
Students and faculty are invited to peruse a collection of open textbooks on display next to the reference desk on the second floor of Newman Library. Traditional textbooks tend to be very expensive, but open textbooks such as these from OpenStax College have several free online formats (the iBooks are $4.99) and are much cheaper in hardback form (the cost of printing, usually $30-$50). Students interested in reducing textbook costs can take pre-printed information from the display to give to their professors. More information is available in the OpenStax College textbook display FAQ. Our hard copy display should be around for a few weeks, or you can explore the books on the OpenStax website.
The University Libraries would like to welcome new students to Virginia Tech: freshmen, transfer students, and new graduate students. We have a lot of services and resources to offer you during your career here at Virginia Tech. Here are some tips and frequently asked questions (and answers!) for new students.
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.
Mon-Thu: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Fri: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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