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Distance Learning Services at Preston Library: Home

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

Welcome! 
Your classes are now online - so are we.

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 closed, but our Staff are still available to assist you.
For questions or concerns, please contact us at: Library@vmi.edu

For Cadets: For Faculty:

Research & Consultation opportunities:

Our instruction opportunities are offered via Zoom:

  • Need a Librarian to teach you or your cadets research skills? 
    Need a workshop on media software?
    Email us - ReferenceDesk@vmi.edu 

While interlibrary loan will continue to request all electronic format items, we will not accept requests for books and other physical items until cadets have returned to Post.

  • In lieu of an entire book, identify the relevant chapter(s) and we will request scans.
  • Most libraries are not licensed to lend ebooks so it is unlikely that we will be able to obtain them.
  • Please keep any interlibrary loan materials that you may have at this time until further notice.

Please Note: Due to construction activities taking place at Preston Library’s entrance, the Faculty Only pick up service will be temporarily suspended starting April 11, 2020.  Once that work is concluded then we will revisit the restoration of the service.

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.

VMI Canvas Options for Distance Learning

Faculty: Quick guide to editing your Canvas courses.

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.

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