The facilities and collections of Preston Library are primarily for the use of cadets, faculty, and staff.  Borrowing privileges are also extended to the faculty and students of Washington and Lee University, Southern Virginia University, and to residents of Rockbridge County.  Other visitors are welcome to use the collections and resources in the building.

Library Cards
To check out library materials, please present a VMI ID card (issued to all cadets during their first week and to faculty and staff by Human Resources upon request ) or a library card (issued by circulation staff when any other patron registers).


  • In person at the circulation desk
  • By phone: 464-7129
  • In response to an email overdue notice or by emailing
  • Via  My Library.

 My Library 
This feature of the online catalog allows you to access your library record remotely.  Circulation staff will be glad to demonstrate.

  • You may see what you have borrowed, renew items, place holds, and update your contact information. 
  • Members of the VMI community use their usernames and passwords to log in. Other patrons may set a PIN at the circulation desk. 

Holds and Recalls
If an item you want is checked out by another patron, circulation staff will be happy to recall it and notify you when it is available. 

Help Finding Materials
Circulation staff can provide a floor plan of the building and direct you to the materials you find in the library catalog.  They will search for materials which are not found in the correct location.

Copies and Transparencies

  • Copies are free for VMI cadets, faculty, and staff. This applies to both photocopies and micro copies.
  • All other patrons are charged $0.10 per copy, plus tax.
  • Circulation staff can make transparencies for $0.40 each, any time the library is open.
  • Virginia sales tax is added to all payments made at the circulation desk.

 For questions concerning Circulation Services, contact us at 464-7129 or