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Open Access: OA at VT

An introduction to open access, how researchers can make their work open access, and support for open access at the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

OA Events at VT

Open Access Week is an internationally observed event in late October that Virginia Tech has marked since 2012 with a keynote address, panels, and workshops. 

Workshops through PDN on open access-related topics occur year-round.


Open Projects We Support

In addition to our Open Access Fund, the University Libraries provide direct financial support for open access content and infrastructure.

Stay Informed About OA at VT

Open Access Services at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech Policies

Virginia Tech now has an open access policy which is now part of Policy 13000 (PDF).  The policy was approved by the Board of Visitors on March 22, 2021. All Virginia Tech authors (faculty, staff, and students) may deposit manuscripts accepted after March 22, 2021.  Questions about the policy can be sent to, and questions about the deposit process can be sent to

The Graduate School policy on electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) requires open access (with an embargo option).  In 1997, Virginia Tech became the first university in the world to require ETDs.

See Virginia Tech's Policy on Intellectual Property (Policy 13000) and Ownership and Control of Research Results (Policy 13015)

Measuring OA at VT

OA rankings list showing Virginia Tech as #530

Institutional Repository Manager

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Philip Young
Newman Library, Room 423
560 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8845


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