Summer 2021 Update: Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) will remain by-appointment for the summer (late May-early August 2021). SCUA will be open for appointments from 10a-4pm, Monday through Thursday (subject to change and availability of staff). Seats can be booked using the Library's seat reservation system or by going directly to the Special Collections and University Archives seat page. Seats must be booked one (1) week in advance. Additional SCUA policies and information for booking and visiting by-appointment are available on our website or researchers can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-231-6308 (please leave a message for a call back).
We also remain available for virtual reference at email@example.com, and we continue to check voicemail at our reference desk number (540-231-6308). You can find updated information about hours and services for Newman Library and University Libraries branches at https://lib.vt.edu/.
Please note: We will be closed Monday, May 31st, for Memorial Day and Monday, July 5th, for observance of July 4th.
IAWA collections are used by researchers from around the world, including local contractors and builders, Virginia Tech design students, social historians from across the United States, and architectural historians from Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
To begin your research, check out our LibGuide on everything IAWA or browse finding aids at Virginia Heritage. Once you have identified collections and folders of interest, please email us with any further questions!
- Research Guide
- Reference Help
Special Collections staff are always available to help patrons find resources. In person, simply ask the front desk attendant for help. You may also contact us virtually before or after your visit.
To request reference help, please contact us.
Special Collections also makes copies of items for people on request. We provide digital copies or photocopies to patrons, and patrons who come into Special Collections may take photos or make photocopies themselves, with a few limitations. We also provide digital copies for publication, when possible.
Read the Reproduction and Publication Policy for more information.
Special Collections offers targeted instructional sessions and long-term course support to Virginia Tech and the broader community of Southwest Virginia.
Contact us or visit the University Libraries' Instruction & Workshops page for more information.
Special Collections maintains an active schedule of in-house exhibits, including regular highlights from the IAWA.
Visit IAWA Online to view our current digital exhibits.