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Welcome 2018 STP Students

STP students – Welcome to Preston Library!

Find a quiet and cool place in the library to study.  Meet with other STP students to collaborate on class assignments.  Come in and READ!

You will find study carrels and group study rooms.  There are white boards throughout the building.  You may find a book or DVD that you would like to check out.  You can!  Just come by the Service Desk with the item and we’ll check it out to you.

If you need help navigating the library, Ask A Librarian!

If you have questions, Ask A Librarian!

To learn more about the library, its services and materials, visit @ .


Summer Session One Begins!

Preston Library provides all its services in support of VMI’s summer school beginning Monday, May 21.  Students can ask for assistance at the Service Desk.  If help is needed with research, ask for a Reference Librarian.   Hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday  8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday  Noon – 5 p.m.

Sunday  7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The library will be closed for the Memorial Day Weekend (May 26 – 28) and July 4.


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Tonya Moore Honored for Distinguished Service

Congratulations to Ms. Tonya Moore!  On Monday, May 14, Ms. Moore received the VMI Distinguished Service Award during the Institute Awards Convocation.  She is recognized for her exceptional service to the Institute.

Ms. Moore demonstrated that she has been an asset to Preston Library and VMI over the past ten years.  Originally hired as the Circulation Assistant, Ms. Moore worked directly with cadets, faculty and the local community.  She was promoted to Interlibrary Loan Manager.  In this position, she is thorough and exceptionally fast in providing requested research materials to cadets and faculty.  Whatever her position at Preston Library, Ms. Moore performs her duties with good will, knowledge and enthusiasm.  Her commitment and dedication to the educational goals of VMI is now recognized in the 2018 VMI Distinguished Service Award.

Ms. Tonya Moore accepting VMI Distinguished Service Award from Gen. J. H. B. Peay, III.

Coffee Time!

Coffee returns to Preston Library!  Grab your travel mug and head on down to the library for the Best Study Break on Post!

Parkhurst Dining is offering coffee in the Class of 1969 Memorial Room throughout exams week.  Enjoy coffee starting on Sunday, May 6, through Thursday, May 10, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Cadets can also choose hot chocolate or tea.

Thank you, Parkhurst Dining!


2018 Frances W. Camper Award

Mr. Robert Camper presents Cadet Mikayla Shuflat (left) and Cadet Bethany King (right) with the Frances W. Camper Award.

Two library cadet assistants received this year’s Frances W. Camper Award on Monday, April 30, in the Turman Room.  Cadet Bethany King worked in User Services and served this past year as Preston Library’s Head Library Cadet Assistant.  Cadet Mikalya Shuflat worked for the past three years in Technical Services.  They were presented with the award by Mr. Camper, son of Mrs. Frances W. Camper.  The Friends of Preston Library created this award to recognize library cadet assistants for outstanding leadership and service to Preston Library and to fellow cadet library users.

The award’s namesake, Mrs. Frances Camper was a great teacher and role model for library cadet assistants.  Cadets King and Shuflat received a certificate and cash award.  Cadet King, Biology major, will be attending dental school after graduation.  Cadet Shuflat, Applied Mathematics major, will be reporting to TBS Marine Corps on June 11, and later attending flight school.  We wish all the best to these outstanding cadets!



Preston Library Cadet Survey 2018

Col. Janet Holly, Reference Librarian, presents Cadet Calle Biles with Amazon Gift Card.

Congratulations to Cadet Calle Biles, Class of 2020, for winning the $100 Amazon Gift Card in this year’s Preston Library Cadet Survey drawing.  Cadet Biles was one of 324 cadets to complete the survey between April 11 and April 20.  We thank all of the cadets for participating in the survey.  Cadet input is a valuable resource, which we use to improve library resources, services, and facilities.  The survey results will be available soon.

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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 @