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Cadet Library Survey & Amazon Gift Card Drawing

Cadets! Take the library survey! Help us make Preston Library a better place for you.

By participating in the survey, you have a chance to win an Amazon $100 gift card.

We estimate that the survey will take about 12 minutes of your time, and, at the end, you will be asked to provide your email address in order to be eligible for the drawing. Your email address will not be linked with your responses. 

Your comments will benefit cadets in the future by helping us improve the library and its services. Take the survey!

The survey will be available until 20 April at 1700.

Thank you.


Ask a Librarian!

Welcome back from Spring Furlough!

You’ll be picking up from where you left off…working on homework, researching a topic, and finding information.  If you need help with research, Ask a Librarian!  If you need help finding books and journal articles, Ask a Librarian!  If you need help with bibliographic citations, Ask a Librarian!

A librarian will be ready to help you during the following hours:  Monday through Friday, 0800 to 1630, and Monday through Thursday, 1900 to 2200.

You can also chat, email and telephone us with your questions.  The Chat with a VMI Librarian box is located on Preston Library’s homepage:  To email us, use  To call us, dial 540-464-7571.

Do not hesitate to Ask a Librarian for help!



Digital Display of VMI’s Class Ring @ Preston Library

What makes VMI’s class ring unique?

A digital display of the history of the VMI class ring and the “Ring Figure” presentation will answer this question.  The display is located in the lobby of Preston Library.

Cadets are encouraged to reply to the question, “What does your ring mean to you?”  Post your comments on the white board next to the monitor.

Col. Diane Jacob, Head of Archives and Records Management, created the digital display.  Additional information can be found @


Uncategorized · What's New

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month – 2017

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Visit the display of domestic violence materials in the Class of 1969 Memorial Room, which is located to the right as you enter the library.  Find books, DVDs and brochures that you can check out.

Locally, Project Horizon is dedicated to reducing domestic, sexual, and dating violence in the Rockbridge Community.  Your contact is Alison Gilbert, Project Horizon Campus Services Coordinator.  Find more information @ or call the 24-hour Crisis Hotline 540-463-2594.

Display organized by Ms. Susan LeMert, Preston Library Acquisitions and VMI Title IX Assistant.


Welcome STP Students!

Preston Library welcomes 2017 STP students!

The library offers a quiet place to study.  You can ask for help with research.  You can meet with other STP students and collaborate on assignments, and find group study rooms and white boards.  If you have time, find a good read!  There are best sellers in the library’s recreational reading collection.  And if you have a question, Ask A Librarian!

To find more information about the library, its services and materials, visit


Quiet Study in Turman Room

quiet study

Preston Library offers cadets the Turman Room for quiet study during exam week.  Cell phones need to be set either on vibration or off.  When you enter the Turman Room you will find feedback forms about quiet study.  Your feedback is important so please complete a form.  Thank you!

Starting on Friday, May 5, through Wednesday, May 10, at 2000, coffee and other hot refreshment will be available in the Class of 1969 Memorial Room (or periodical reading room).  Aramark graciously sponsors this service.

Please note the extended hours to 0200.  Student ID cards are needed to enter that building after 2200.

Good luck!




Star Trek appeared on NBC 50 years ago

It was in September 1966, when a new television science-fiction series began its first season on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network.   It was Star Trek!

Star Trek was created by American writer and producer Gene Roddenberry.  Each episode chronicled the exploits of the crew of the starship USS Enterprise, whose five-year mission was to explore space and “to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”  Amazingly Star Trek showed for only three seasons (1966–69).

Events · Uncategorized

Celebrate 2016 Banned Books Week

Preston Library is celebrating “Banned Books Week” from 25 September to 1 October.  This annual event celebrates our freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.

The American Library Association monitors the attempts made by individuals and groups to have books removed from library shelves and classrooms.  Books that were on the list includes such literature as:

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

You can find these books in Preston Library.

Source: ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)  For more information about frequently challenged books go to