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Special Services

General information 

Special Services is an assistive technologies facility geared toward providing equal access to all students, faculty, and staff. Special Services helps the university support a wide array of accessible learning technologies and computer-related disability accommodations.

Support for assistive technologies within the university libraries includes:

  • Screen magnification and color filtering software
  • for printed text or Braille input conversion
  • Assisted reading and writing software with text-to-speech support
  • Voice recognition software
  • Alternative input devices, keyboards, and trackballs
  • Adjustable room lighting for accessible workstations

To obtain more information on Special Services or to set up an appointment for assistive technologies training, please contact the Special Services Manager at (540) 231-3937; TTY (540) 231-3035 or email

For more information on disability accommodations at Virginia Tech, please contact the appropriate office; such as, Services for Students with Disabilities, Personnel Services, or the Office of Equal Opportunity.


For Virginia Tech students, faculty, or staff trained on the use of equipment and software, the Special Services room is available when Newman Library is open. You will need to use your Hokie Passport to access the room.

For those who are not trained on the use of equipment or software, please call (540) 231-3937; TTY (540) 231-3035 or email us to schedule a training session.


Special Services is located in Room 110 on the first floor of Newman Library.

Phone number 

(540) 231-3937; TTY, (540) 231-3035

Contact information 

Assistive Technologies Coordinator - William Holbach
(540) 231-3937

Special Services Manager - Hal Brackett
(540) 231-3937; TTY, (540) 231-3035

Services for Students with Disabilities,
(540) 231-3788; TTY, (540) 231-231-08530

Department of Human Resources, Coordinator of University ADA Services - Pam Vickers
(540) 231-9718

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