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Distance Learning Services at Preston Library: Home

This guide lists the available Distance Learning Services resources with Preston Library.


Please use this guide to access Preston Library's Distance Learning Services related to our current operations and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including updates to operations, access to distance learning services, and other helpful resources. 
Preston Library is now open to VMI Faculty, Staff and Cadets.
For questions or concerns, please contact us at:

For Cadets: For Faculty:

Research & Consultation opportunities:

Instruction opportunities:

Library Hours of Operation January 21 – May 4, 2021

Monday – Thursday:      7:30am – 1:00am
Friday:                                  7:30am – 10:00pm

Saturdays                            8:00am – 10:00pm *
Sundays:                              10:00am – 1:00am

Revised: April 6, 2021

NOTE: VMI Faculty, Staff, or Cadet ID Card is required to enter Preston Library.

Hours for Spring FTX (Apr 9-13

Fri, Apr 9                                                7:30am – 4:30PM
Sat, Apr 10                                             8:00am – 4:00pm 

Sun, Apr 11                                            1:00pm – 10:00pm
Mon, Apr 12                                          7:30am – 7:00pm
Tues, Apr 13                                          Resume normal hours (7:30am – 1:00am)

Reserves will continue to only be offered online. Preston Library will not have any physical items on course reserve this spring.  The Library can provide ebooks and scans (within copyright law), but we will not have any DVDs or physical books on course reserve for checkout.

Course Reserves

FOR CADETS - Access Course Reserves

FOR FACULTY - Submit Course Reserves

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) returns to full service for the Spring Semester in support of our faculty, staff, and cadets.  We are borrowing both electronic materials and physical items, such as books.
  • Books will be placed in quarantine for a few days upon arrival so expect minor delays in receipt of items.
  • Interlibrary loan items may be returned to the lobby of the library and placed on the book truck marked for return of library items.
  • If you have any questions, please send inquiries to

Preston Library offers subscriptions to the following streaming services:

We also offer ebook resources:

Search for scholarly articles, journals, books, and more:

Course Reserves for Faculty & Cadets

View all digital course reserves or submit a course reserves request.

Interlibrary Loan Guide

How to place an Interlibrary Loan.

Research Guides

Research guides for courses and subjects at VMI.

Databases A-Z

Access Preston Library's full list of online research databases.

VMI Digital Archives

Access digitized VMI Archives materials.

Off-Post Database Access

How to access Preston Library's databases off-Post & how to link to them in your Canvas courses.

Library Hours of Operation

Status: Open to VMI Faculty, Staff & Cadets 

Click here to visit the official VMI webpage for Coronavirus updates.