Answered By: Robert Sebek
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2017     Views: 12

The answer depends on what your actual relationship with the university is.

If you have been entered into the university's Human Resources system as an employee (even if you are not being paid), you will have all the privileges and access of any other faculty member. This is most common for visiting faculty based at the Blacksburg campus and those visiting for longer periods. You'll be assigned a university account (PID) and get a university ID card (Hokie Passport).

You'll need to work with the department hosting you to be set up in the HR system. The library has no ability to change your status with the university.

You can check your status with the university by logging into MyVT. You'll need your PID, corresponding password, and second factor to be able to login. After logging in, switch to the Personal Info tab, then Manage your Profile. Under Affiliations, you'll want to see VT-EMPLOYEE or VT-AFFILIATE.

If you don't have a PID or Hokie Passport, you can still get a borrower's card to check out materials and access library resources while on the campus network.

What Visiting Scholars can access

  • Check out materials
    • Books, print journals, DVDs, and more
    • Same duration as regular faculty
  • Printing, copying, faxing
    • Use your Hokie Passport
    • Add funds either using Cash-to-Card machine in Newman, or have department add funds via HokieMart 
    • Swipe your Hokie Passport on any library printer/copier one time to activate your account BEFORE sending print jobs
  • Wireless network access
    • Wireless network access for faculty requires a paid account. Talk to your department's network liaison to set this up.
    • If your home university uses Eduroam, you'll use your same login to access the network here.
    • Guests can use the VT-WIRELESS network and register for one day access.
    • Anyone can use our public computers without a login to access network resources.
  • Online collections
    • Anyone connected to the campus network (wired office computer, wired library computer, wireless network including Eduroam) can access almost all of our resources without a login.
    • Remote access (outside the campus network) requires a current affiliation with the university (see above).
    • Remote users should start on the library's website to search or browse our collections. Once you attempt to access a restricted resource, you'll automatically see the usual login screen (PID/password/2nd factor).

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