Virginia Tech has developed many services to enhance students' technological development. Below are centers that can greatly augment your computing and learning experience.
The University Libraries' website, http://www.lib.vt.edu/ provides you with access to books, journals, and information about all the libraries' collections and services. The library’s mission is to support students, faculty and the community as they learn and research and create new solutions to problems. The library provides information in many formats and strives to use new technologies for easy access. QR barcodes, texting and mobile access are a few of the technologies used in the University Libraries. There are two branch libraries, Art and Architecture and Vet Med. These are located in their respective college buildings.
Newman Library provides a variety of services and study areas for students. Learning Commons can be found on the 1st, 2nd and 4th floor. These collaborative work areas include whiteboards, study rooms with mounted large screen monitors, wireless access and public computers. Third and 5th floor are reserved for quiet study. Rosetta Stone software for 25 different languages can be found in the Language Resource Lab on the second floor. The Writing Center and Comm Lab are available to help with student papers and presentations. EspressOasis Study Cafe is located on the first floor and provides coffee, baked goods and snacks.
If you need help finding materials please check with a librarian at the reference desks located in both Learning Commons. Tours are offered on a regular basis throughout the semester. You can pick up student handbooks to the library at both reference desks. You can also use your computer to access Live Ref for real-time contact with a reference librarian. Your college librarian is available should you need help using resources specific to your major.
The Virginia Tech InnovationSpace (formerly called New Media Center) is a multimedia computer lab open to the students, faculty, and staff of Virginia Tech, as well as the local general public, with the mission of providing assistance through free and open access to software, hardware, and specially-trained staff. InnovationSpace offers a 26 station open lab, 3 special use classrooms, video project room, and 3 A/V bays equipped with the latest in multimedia hardware and software. Digital still cameras and standard-definition digital video cameras may be checked out on a first-come, first-served basis. Call or come by the InnovationSpace to check for availability. Well-trained staff members offer support in web development, desktop publishing, graphics, video, audio, and much more.