Research and Assignment Assistance
Obtaining Library Materials
Extended Campus Users
Checking Your ILL Activity
Connecting your Google Scholar account to VT Libraries can ensure that users have easier access to the full text of sources owned by VT Libraries. To do so, follow the steps below:
1. Start at scholar.google.com and click on Settings.
2. Click on "Library Links" from the selections on the left.
3. Search for Virginia Tech and then click on all three Virginia Tech options. Click Save.
Extended campus users (faculty, staff, or students living outside the New River Valley counties of Montgomery, Giles, and Pulaski) may request delivery of materials through ILLiad, Virginia Tech's interlibrary loan service. The first time you Login to ILLiad, you'll be prompted to create a profile in the system. There is no charge for the account or for items you request.
Returnables (books and other materials that are loaned to you - i.e., not photocopies) are sent with prepaid return mailing labels included in the packaging. You are responsible for returning materials on time.
Faculty holding an OCLC reciprocal borrower's card can check out library materials from participating institutions. Northern Virginia libraries include: American, George Mason, Georgetown, George Washington, Howard, and the University of Maryland. Tidewater libraries include Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth.
The Review Requests section of your ILLiad account will allow you to see 'Active Requests,' 'Checked Out Items,' and 'Request History.'
Choose 'Request History' to see a log of all previous requests. Choose 'Active' Requests' to view and edit your outstanding requests, including detailed request information and statuses. Choose 'Checked Out Items' to view or renew items that you have checked out that have been borrowed from another library.
If you have requested books that are owned by the Virginia Tech Libraries, once the books are mailed to you, the status on ILLiad changes from 'active' to 'completed' and the ILLiad tracking is done. Thereafter, to see which Virginia Tech books are still currently checked out, login to My Library Account within Addison (enter your name and student ID number). Note that books borrowed from other libraries will not appear on your Addison account in My Library Account, only books that belong to Virginia Tech.
Books borrowed from other libraries have a different identification label affixed to the front than books borrowed from the Virginia Tech Libraries. Books from other libraries are indicated as Virginia Tech Interlibrary Loan while books from Virginia Tech are indicated as ILL from Virginia Tech Collection (Extended Campus). Books borrowed from other libraries are generally not renewable, so there is a due date clearly indicated on the label. Books from the Virginia Tech collection are renewable.