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A Message from Dean of the University Libraries Tyler Walters

Dear Virginia Tech community,

The University Libraries looks forward to the start of the fall semester and welcoming new and returning Hokies to campus. In President Sands’ June 8 message, he described the university’s guiding principles as we all prepare for the upcoming semester and what the fall will look like.  I echo President Sands’ belief that the highest priority is the safety, health, and well-being of our community while being committed to Virginia Tech’s mission of teaching, research, and outreach.

Know that our online resources and services are always available to help students and faculty get their work done. So if you are continuing to learn and work remotely, we are still here to assist you. Our University Libraries homepage is your front door to all the online services the library offers to support teaching, research, and learning. You can also chat directly with a librarian through our Ask a Librarian feature.

As we move into summer and fall, the University Libraries will gradually offer in-person services and open library facilities as recommended public health practices allow. We will begin doing this in phases, based on the university’s approach. For the latest information about library services and facilities, visit our library ready page on our website. It will be continuously updated with new information as physical access and services change. Visit the university’s ready page for university-wide information.

In the coming weeks and months, we will start to offer curbside services for physical materials and technology. As soon as university guidelines allow, we will begin the process of reopening our common areas and library branches, provide resources through our studios, and carefully return to in-person services in our facilities. Be assured, the personal safety, health, and hygiene of our community and employees is our top priority.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your subject specialist or use the Ask a Librarian chat. Whether you are physically on a Virginia Tech campus or working remotely, we are here to support you and your academic and research success.

All the best,

Tyler Walters
Dean, University Libraries