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All about the changes to the library's home page

July 30, 2013 – The library has updated its home page. We've taken your feedback from surveys, emails, comment forms, and more and worked to simplify the links and resources presented on our home page. Here's some change highlights:

Enhanced navigation menu

Positioned just above the spotlight image, the enhanced navigation menu provides quick access to frequently used (or needed) pages. Use the How do I...? menu for guidance on using library services and resources. The Information for... menu groups links for our varied users. The Search... menu links to different kinds of search form, including a much requested DOI lookup service. The Forms menu provides links to all our service-oriented forms.

Library quick links

Our quick links list has been refined, based on click-through statistics and ease of use needs. The Find link provides guidance on how to locate and use these most commonly used sources (articles, databases, ebooks, journals, and textbooks). Borrowing privileges still shows how many items you can check out and for how long (and it serves as a gateway to other circulation-related pages). Citations and style guides give examples of how to use many formatting styles like APA and MLA. ILLiad provides quick access to our interlibrary loan service. And the Subject guides provide guidance on which databases and other resources to use when researching a topic (this link continues to be our most used one on the home page).

Many of the links in the earlier version of this list were rarely used. Here's how to access those items no longer in the list;

  • EndNote and Zotero. Searching either of these in the search box at the top of any library web page will give direct access tho their help pages. We'll be featuring these software packages in spotlights early each semester.
  • How to print. Searching this phrase gives quick access to the directions for using our printers. You can also get directly to the print help page under How Do I > Use Technology > Printers
  • LibX. Once the 2.0 version of this very helpful software becomes available for Virginia Tech users, we'll feature this software in a spotlight
  • Newman floor maps. Users looking for directions to call numbers in the stacks should use the maps in Addison (linked beside the location label) which highlights the specific range where their book can be found.
  • Theses and dissertations. Summon includes all our locally produced theses and dissertations (print and online), plus ETDs in the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, and all the theses and dissertations in ProQuest's database. And it includes all the cataloged international dissertations from CRL. So Summon is the best place to search for these documents.

Larger Off Campus Sign In button

Accessing restricted resources like databases and ejournals while outside the campus network takes a few extra steps so you'll be recognized by these resources as a member of the Virginia Tech community. We've made the button to access this important service much larger on our home page in hope more people will recognize it early.


Newman Library spring hours

Sun: opens at 9:00am*
Mon-Thur: open 24 hours*
Fri: closes at 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

Art + Architecture Library spring hours

Sun: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Mon-Thu: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Current semester hours

NVC Resource Center break hours

Sun, May 17: Closed
Mon-Thurs, May 18-21: 11:00am - 6:30pm
Fri-Sun, May 22-24: Closed

NVC Resource Center spring 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 break hours

Sun: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Mon-Thurs: 7:30am - 11:00pm
Fri: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Current semester hours