Library Hours

The Preston Library will close on Saturday, October 4th at 3:30pm for a planned power outage.  The library will reopen at the regularly scheduled time on Sunday morning at 10:00am.


Regular Library Hours

Main Library (540-464-7228)          VMI Archives (540-464-7516)
Monday-Thursday 8:00am-1:00am        Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Friday 8:00am-11:00pm
Saturday 8:00am--11:00pm*            Media Services  (540-464-7567)
Sunday 10:00am-1:00am                Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
                                     Monday-Thursday 7:00pm-11:00pm
*8:00am-1:00pm & 7:00pm-11:00pm
for home football games
                                     Reference Services (540-464-7571)
                                     Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm, 7:00pm-10:00pm
                                     Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

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Renee Reives October 22, 2011 at 19:49

Why would the library be open from 0800-1300 on the days of home football games? We have parade and most people will be tailgating or something else. I think it should be later after the football game considering they’re not over until like 1630. Maybe 1800-2300.

Lt. Col. Hastings November 8, 2011 at 14:18

Thanks for taking time to write this – you make a good point.

The library’s Saturday hours have been evolving in response to cadet requests like yours. Originally Saturday hours were 8am-5pm, closing at 1pm on game days. Those Saturday morning hours accommodate cadets who are early risers, as well as alumni and other visitors, and we’ll probably continue to be open then.

About three years ago, in response to cadet survey comments, we extended Saturday hours to 6pm and stayed open until 11pm on three or four Saturdays around midterms and near the end of the semester. The next year we offered more late Saturdays, and this year our regular Saturday hours have become 8am-11pm, except on game days.

Now we need to reexamine game days. We considered reopening 7-11pm, but we thought cadets would surely be “otherwise engaged” on those Saturday nights, especially on Parents Weekend, Homecoming, and Ring Figure weekends. At this point, there is just Ring Figure weekend left. We welcome your comments and will consider reopening 7-11pm on game days if cadets say they’ll be here.

What do you think?

Larry Martin November 11, 2012 at 11:02

I was curious as to if the library would consider opening up earlier on Sundays. I realize that there is a sizable portion of the corps that attends religious services, but I also know that an even larger portion of the corps either does not attend a religious service, or practices on their own. For me Sunday is a day where I can get a lot of studying done and I feel if the library were to open up sooner, it could give cadets such as myself the opportunity to study. Thank you very much for your time

Lt. Col. Hastings November 13, 2012 at 14:44

We have received some requests on our annual cadet survey for Sunday morning hours (although there’ve been more requests for Saturday hours, and we’ve just finished expanding those hours over several years). We’ve been a bit reluctant to add Sunday morning hours because we think a major segment of the Corps takes advantage of this time to sleep in, and another major segment attends religious services. Our thinking was that the small number of remaining cadets who wanted to study would be able to find a quiet place in academic buildings and transfer to the library after lunch. Staffing is another issue, since we would need to find cadets assistants willing to forego sleep and church. We’ll investigate the staffing issue. In the meantime, what do others think? If you wish the library would be open on Sunday morning, please chime in now.

Mike Collins July 6, 2014 at 01:30

Class of 1985……… you have the 1985 yearbook in your Library ?

Col. Samdahl July 7, 2014 at 10:28

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