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Vet Med Library Information: Accessing Online Resources

This page and corresponding tabs provide information about the Veterinary Medicine Library's resources, policies, services, etc. at Virginia Tech

A few important notes about accessing online collections:

  • Access to Virginia Tech resources are determined either by being on a recognized IP range, using a VPN account that is recognized as a Virginia Tech access point, or authenticating with PID or username and password through the library's off campus sign in service ( is in the URL).
  • To access online resources remotely or when off campus, you must be affiliated with VMCVM / Virginia Tech (PID/username & password, 2-Factor)
    • If you are not affiliated with the university, you are able to access online resources using an onsite computer, such as the public terminal located within the Vet Med Library (see the "location" tab for directions) or one located in the main campus library, Newman Library.

If you need help, contact us at 540-231-6610 or for assistance.​​​​​​​

Ezproxy and Get VText Services

What is Ezproxy?
  • Ezproxy is a service the library embeds on all of its webpages to provide seamless access to online resources.  You will see "" in the URL to many of our resources. One way to make sure you always have access when you are offsite is to start at any University Libraries website page, such as:
  • Once you access a resource, you will be asked to confirm you are affiliated with Virginia Tech (sign in with your PID/username, password, and 2-factor authentication) in order to access subscription-based content when off site. 
What is Get VText?
  • If the database does not provide immediate full text access to a resource you found, look for the "Get VText" icon.  Click the icon to automatically search the library's holdings to locate a copy:

Setting up Get VText in Google Scholar

  • If you are using Google Scholar, set up your "library links" to include Virginia Tech​ and the "Get VText" links will appear on the right hand side, which will grant you access to the library's online collections when you're off campus. Here is a 2 minute video on how to set that up.

Setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Using Libkey (browser extension)

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that assists with access to library resources. It's our replacement for LibX. The Chrome and Firefox browser extension

  • provides one-click access to articles from both journal publishers and aggregators like EBSCO and ProQuest
  • uses Unpaywall and other sources to open access articles
  • links to ILLiad to request articles not available through our subscriptions via interlibrary loan
  • uses the university's standard authentication method so no credentials are cached in your browser like some third-party tools do

Simply install the extension. During the installation process, you'll be asked to identify your library; simply search for Virginia Tech.

How to use LibKey Nomad

Publisher pages

If you use Google or Google Scholar (that has not been configured to show Get VText links) , you can be directed to publisher's pages for articles, but since you did not go through the library's links for theses services, you haven't been authenticated and you'll be asked to pay to access the article. With LibKey Nomad installed, you'll see a popup that will authenticate you to allow access.

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On PubMed search result pages, you'll see links to articles and PDFs, plus links to view all the articles in a journal issue through BrowZine.


This 2 minute video will help you get your LibKey Nomad browser extension up and running.


Interlibrary Loan for Extended and Remote Campus Users

For any materials that you need that are not available at the Vet Med Library, you can use Interlibrary Loan to request materials be sent to you from the Blacksburg campus, or requested to be sent from another library.

Use your PID/password to log into the system; first-time users will be presented with a screen to create their profile in ILLiad.


The logo for ILLiad        

Login to your ILLiad account

Desktop Delivery

Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request desktop delivery of book chapters and print articles from the University Libraries collections that are housed at the Blacksburg campus. The item will be scanned and sent in an electronic format. 

Interlibrary Loan will also send electronic copies of articles not in the University Libraries' collections. Submit a request with the citation (each citation requires a separate request). 

Delivery of Print Materials

Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request delivery of books or other materials that are either owned by the University Libraries or that need to be requested from another library to be sent to your location outside of the New River Valley.

To have items mailed to you, be sure your home or office address is in your ILLiad Account. Extended and remote campus users are considered to be anyone located outside the New River Valley (Montgomery, Giles, and Pulaski counties). 

For items mailed to the address provided in your ILLiad account and mailed to you as an Extended User, use the US Postal Service prepaid return label located inside each book shipped to you.

Note, any item can be returned by first-class mail to:

University Libraries
Interlibrary Loan
560 Drillfield Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Please be sure the ILLiad label is affixed to the material so it can be clearly identified as an Interlibrary Loan item.

USPS Prepaid Return Label

Additionally, please return any bookstraps affixed to the item; missing straps will be assessed a $5.00 fee to the patron's library account.

Status of Requests

You can check on the status of your request through your ILLiad account by selecting "Requests being Processed"  and ensure that your mailing address information is correct under "Change account information."