New entrance opens with original doors; Changes at University Libraries

BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 26, 2008 – Whether you're visiting Newman Library or clicking over to Addison, University Libraries at Virginia Tech has many new features to offer.

Newman Library is changing its entrance from the first floor near the Library Mall to the second floor near Alumni Mall and the Drillfield. These wooden doors are the original entrance to the library, built in 1954. They closed in 1981 when a new addition to the Newman Library building opened.

The circulation desk, reference and information, and DVD, music, and VHS collections have all relocated to the second floor. Study areas with couches and tables pepper the room alongside tall windows looking out towards the Drillfield.

A second reference desk, dedicated specifically to science and technology queries, opened this summer on the fourth floor. The desk is located near the elevators and easily accessible to Torgersen Bridge.

Many of the library’s collections have moved to accommodate the new entrance and service desks on the second floor. Government documents are now located on the first floor, and other collections have also moved. Visit University Libraries online for more information.

The online catalog page on the library's website has been redesigned. The new Addison page has an updated look and is now designed in the university's Web template. The new design improves many features of the catalog page and will make searching (and finding) library material easier.

"Sometimes people think a library is just about what you have in your collections- online or on the shelf," says Eileen Hitchingham, dean of libraries. "But a good university library is much more than that. In its physical buildings or on its Web spaces the library provides a comfortable environment for using the collections, for working with others, and for getting assistance when you want it. We hope that these several changes will better support how our users work with information."

The libraries staff and faculty welcome comments, questions, and suggestions related to library needs and services. The University Libraries website also houses an online comment box.