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Port zones

Port's space is divided into zones for different purposes. Color-coded signs call attention to the purposes and computer resources of each zone.

On the lab side of Port there is very high overlap in the software installed on all Port computers, so Port's zones make it easier to locate the special resources available only on some machines.

Currently, most Port computers are large-screen iMacs that will boot into either Windows or Mac OS.  As new, higher-powered workstations are acquired, some will be Windows-only and some Mac OS-only.

    Port zones: Show and tell, crunch, explore, open information, and consult/collaborate

Show and tell

  • Long Beach (#1)
  • Kolkata (#4) Includes 22" Wacom Cintiq interactive pen display for drafting/design
  • Yokahama (#5)

Software and peripherals emphasize visualization, image/media editing, and writing/publishing.


  • Alameda (#10 Mac Pro workstation; Mac OS only). Includes 22" Wacom Cintiq interactive pen display for drafting/design and USB 3.0 hub.
  • Valparaiso (#3)

Use applications and hardware here for computationally intensive work (GIS, CAD/modeling, statistics, simulation).


  • Montevideo (#7)
  • Liverpool (#8)
  • Vladivostok (#9)

Resources emphasize qualitative and textual analysis, plus digital development for humanities/e-science projects.

Open information

  • In planning: Helsinki (#10) digital recovery station
  • Government data on discs

Government data distributed on disks but never placed online. In development: Linux workstation with drives for users to attempt to recover data from obsolete storage on media data on disks, and a variety of open-source software to explore.


  • Windsor (#20: Windows 10 desktop PC). 55" touchscreen monitor with Smart Notebook software to save handwritten/drawn content from monitor to USB 3.0 hub. Fewer licensed applications than on lab computers.
  • Laptop monitors at small-team tables (2) for users to connect laptops (HDMI, DVI, VGA connectors installed; check out device adapters at circulation desk)
  • Round table for consultant office hours and meetings
  • Whiteboard

Contact us

  •     Bruce Pencek
  • Bruce Pencek
  • College Librarian for Social Sciences & History
  • (540) 231-2140
  • (540) 231-2140 (Newman Library 3050 office -- for most purposes)
  • 3050 Newman Library, 560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001
  • Ed Brooks
  • GIS Specialist
  • 540-231-9225
  • Newman Library room 2030
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

Port hours

Graduate students and faculty

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


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

On days when Newman Library is open. Port is not open overnight. Swipe your Hokie Passport for access.

What's in a name?

What’s in the name? Port is a figure of speech, not an acronym. Since ancient times, seaports have been recognized as places where innovations followed from the interchange of cultures, ideas, and goods. Today, of course, Port are the plugs and sockets that knit together computers and networks. Our name conveys how Port facilitates scholarship bridging old and new, high-tech and high-thought, humanities, arts, sciences, and technologies.