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Port provides space for consulting and collaborating about research tools, practices, and management. Port computers provide opportunities for members of the university community to use, explore, and compare software not widely available on other public machines. Finally, Port is a presentation and instruction area for the Virginia Tech Libraries.

Port philosophy

  • Open: welcoming, open to all, open-access, linked open data, freely accessible, without borders, multi-discipline, multi-lingual
  • Transparency: in philosophy, mission, methods, goals, and outcomes
  • Collaborative: partnerships, projects
  • Community: bring students, faculty, and staff together, space to meet and explore new people and ideas,

Contact us

  •     Bruce Pencek
  • Bruce Pencek
  • College Librarian for Social Sciences & History
  • (540) 231-5806 (Lane Hall 311 office -- during regular office hours)
  • (540) 231-2140 (Newman Library 3050 office -- for most purposes)
  • bpencek@vt.edu
  • 3050 Newman Library, 560 Drillfield Drive
    311 Lane Hall, 280 Alumni Mall
    Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001
  • Ed Brooks
  • GIS Specialist
  • 540-231-6181
  • gisdata@vt.edu
  • Newman Library room 2030
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

Port reservation form

This form is for requesting a reservation of Port: Digital Research Commons, room 3320 Torgersen. Port has seven computers with a variety of software installed and is appropriate for small classes or groups (use our classroom reservation form for larger groups or classes).


Port hours

Sun: 9:00am - 12:00midnight
Mon - Thurs: 7:30am - 12:00midnight
Fri: 7:30am - 8:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 8:00pm

On days when Newman Library is open. Swipe your Hokie Passport for access.