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The Art & Architecture Library and Social Justice

The Art & Architecture Library at Virginia Tech is committed to raising awareness and providing a platform for conversations on issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. We do this by recognizing the history of underrepresented communities through our collections and exhibitions, organizing discussion panels that unpack uncomfortable topics, and providing access to resources so that our community can be better informed. We hope you will join us.

Racial Justice

Below are links to prominent writings and near-exhaustive lists of resources at the intersection of race and space. 

Black Landscape Matter by Kofi Boone in Ground Up

Black Lives Matter | Collection of Essays by Architectural Historians and Organized by Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative

Race and Architecture: Studying the Historical Intersection of Form and Culture | A Blog by Charles Davis

Race/Space Reading List | Extensive Crowd-sourced List started by Anna Maria Leon at the University of Michigan



Updates on A&A Library Services During COVID-19


Due to the health risks presented by COVID-19 the Art & Architecture Library is closed until further notice. For the most up-to-date information and all library hours check the University Libraries website.


Chat with Us!

A subject librarian is available to assist you with research via phone, email, or Zoom web conference. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Chat with Art & Architecture library staff from 11a-5p most weekdays--click here. When someone from the Art & Architecture Library is not available you can chat with someone from Newman Library SUN-THU 9a-11p and FRI-SAT 9a-9p.

Reach all Art & Architecture Library staff for any reason at


Online Resources

If you have trouble connecting to e-resources remotely visit Accessing Library Resources Off Campus for more information.

Research Guides

Research Guides provide links to subject specific content like e-books, e-journals, databases, images and video. The University Libraries manages over 370 research guides. The following are of most interest to students in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

Art and Art History
Building Construction
Design of Play
Industrial Design
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Women in Architecture and Design


Thousands of e-books can be found in Discovery and due to COVID-19 additional publishers are making their e-books available for a limited time. The following are the e-book packages of most interest to students in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

AccessEngineering (through August 2020)
Art & Architecture Complete
Art & Architecture ePortal (through June 2020)
Getty Research Institute
Guggenheim Musuem
Metropolitan Museum of Art 
MIT Press (through June 2020)
Internet Archive
Penn State University Press (through June 2020)
Project MUSE
RedShelf (borrow up to seven e-books)
University of Michigan Press (through April 2020)
VitalSource (create an account using your VT email and borrow up to seven e-books)
Wiley Online Library

Streaming Video

ArtFilms Digital
Film Platform
Films on Demand
Kanopy Streaming Videos
PBS Video
Pidgeon Digital
Swank Digital Campus


Online Account Access

Log in to My Library Account to see what you have checked out, when things are due, and renew your materials. At the this time, all library fines are being waived.


Returning Materials

Please do not return physical materials and technology until further notice. You will not be charged late fees at this time.

  • Due dates have been extended to May 30, 2021 for faculty and staff to October 15, 2020 for undergraduates, grad students, and community members.
  • Patrons who are able to do so, we ask that they wait until we have reopened to return materials.
  • Patrons who are unable to wait can return items to the book bins on Alumni Mall or via the US Postal Service using the library's USPS pre-paid label.
  • Any items returned while we are closed will remain on patron accounts until we reopen.






Experiments at the Art & Architecture Library!

Experiments support the innovative use of library collections and services. We invite you to experiment with us or suggest a new experiment. The current experiment looks at the versatility of iPad apps for education.



ePortfolios @ the University Libraries

Create an ePortfolio using the Portfolium platform through the University Libraries. Porfolium allows you to feature your work in a digital environment, network with other students at Virginia Tech and around the globe, connect your work to social networks, and market your knowledge and skills to potential employers. Your ePortfolio is free, even after you graduate!​