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Non-VMI User Access

Access Library Collections

Non-VMI users may access most citations in our search tool, but can not access full text. This policy also applies to retired faculty, staff, and alumni. Use the search box below to search for Library materials. 

Search for Print Books Only

To find print books:

  1. Enter your search term(s) into the search box above.
  2. On the search results page, select All filters (0) Limit by Location In Preston Library

Get a Library Card

With a library card you may check out items physically available in the Library. 

The following non-VMI users may apply for a library card:

  • Current students and faculty of Washington and Lee and Southern Virginia University 
  • Current students and faculty of other participating Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)-member libraries 
  • Local high school students
    • This includes students attending Rockbridge County High School (RCHS) and Parry McCluer High School (PMHS)
  • Residents of Rockbridge County, Lexington City, and Buena Vista City

To apply for a library card:

  • Visit the Service Desk during our normal operating hours to complete an application, or
  • Print and complete the application before your visit and turn it in at the Service Desk. 

Please bring your current college or university ID. If you are a local resident, please bring an official photo ID that shows your physical street address within Rockbridge County.