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Online Help

You have many options for getting help from Brown Library online:

InfoGuides are a great place to start your research. They contain suggested databases, search tips, videos, citation guidance, and much more. To access a list of our InfoGuides, organized by Subject Area, choose “InfoGuides” from the library’s homepage.

To see a list of article databases, choose “Find Articles” from the library’s homepage and select “Databases.” All library databases and eBooks can be accessed off-campus 24/7 by logging in with your MyVWCC username and password when prompted. If you have trouble with your MyVWCC username or password, contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@virginiawestern.edu.

Interlibrary Loan remains available for Article Requests only at this time. Per state guidance, we will not participate in borrowing or lending print materials. Please contact a librarian if you need assistance identifying research materials. Information on contacting a librarian can be found below.

To see a list of eBooks, choose “Find Books” from the library’s homepage and select “Catalog.” Enter keywords in the search box. From the search results list, you may use limiters on the right side of the screen to limit to full text online and select specific resource types, like book chapters or eBooks.

The library offers a 24/7 online chat/ instant messaging service to help with research questions. Simply click on “Ask a Librarian Chat” on our library homepage to ask a question and get help day or night.

If you need more in-depth help, librarians Katelyn Burton, Dale Dulaney, and Marci Myers are also available to conduct research consultations by appointment via phone, email, or Zoom videoconferencing. Email us at library@virginiawestern.edu to make an appointment for extra help. One of the librarians will respond to requests within 1 business day.

Academic Coaching is available by appointment Mondays 9am-2pm; Tuesdays 11am-4pm. Other times may be available upon request. Submit a Tutor/Coach Request form https://virginiawestern.edu/vwforms/tutor-coach-request-form/ to make an appointment.

Online STEM Center: Visit our Zoom room Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. You can find the link in Canvas in the Student Resources section.

Cyberlab: Visit our Zoom room Sunday-Saturday, 2pm-9pm. You can find the link in Canvas in the Student Resources section.

One-on-one tutoring is available by appointment, submit a Tutor/Coach Request form https://virginiawestern.edu/vwforms/tutor-coach-request-form/ to make an appointment.

Online Writing & Research Center: Submit your paper for review Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm by following the instructions at https://www.virginiawestern.edu/learning/link/onlinewritingcenter.php. After we complete our review, if you would like a follow-up Zoom session to discuss your paper, email writingcenter@virginiawestern.edu.

Current students can also receive free online tutoring for all subjects 24/7 through Brainfuse. Log into the MyVWCC portal and choose the option for Brainfuse to sign in. Then, choose the topic & subject you need help with and you’ll be matched with an online tutor. Click Connect to begin working with your tutor right away. Brainfuse also includes flashcards, practice quizzes, and study guides that can be accessed 24/7 online.

August hours & training closure

When classes are not in session, from July 31 until August 26, the first and second floors of Brown Library, including the Academic Link & Learning Commons, will be open reduced hours. We will be open Monday-Friday: 8AM-5PM and closed on Saturdays & Sundays. Normal hours resume when classes begin on August 26. The Testing Center on the ground floor of the library will remain open their normal hours of Mon-Thurs: 8AM-8PM, Fri: 8AM-5PM, Sat: 9AM-1PM, Sun: Closed.

The first and second floors of Brown Library, including the Academic Link & Learning Commons, will be closed from 12pm-5pm on Thursday, August 15 and from 8am-12pm on Friday, August 16 for staff training. The Testing Center on the ground floor of the library will remain open.

End-of-Semester News & Hours

Can you believe the Spring 2018 semester is almost over? Here are a few things to note as the semester winds down:

The last day to request BOOKS through ILL is Wednesday, April 25.
The last day to request ARTICLES through ILL is Wednesday, May 2.

We will maintain our normal hours through May 5, the end of finals week. We will have modified hours for the remainder of May as follows:

May 7-11: 8am-5pm
May 12: Closed
May 14-18: 8am-5pm
May 19: Closed
May 21-25: Normal schedule
May 26-28: Closed for Memorial Day

Don’t forget to use our 24/7 chat service, located on the library’s homepage, to receive help from a librarian even when we aren’t open!

Winter Break Schedule

Library Services will maintain regular hours through Saturday, December 16:
Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm
Friday 8am-5pm
Saturday 9am-1pm
On December 18 and 19, the library will be open 8am-5pm.
On December 20, the library will be open 8am-12noon.
The College, including Library Services, will be closed from 12noon on December 20 through January 1. 
Should you need database access or research assistance, they are available 24/7/365 on our website. Have a safe and restful break!

New DVDs Available Today!

In addition to being a great source for research materials and help, Brown Library also has popular movies. Treat yourself to a popular movie on us. New DVDs are on the shelf today.

Baby Driver
The Beguiled
The Big Sick
The Case for Christ
The Hero
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Rough Night
Transformers: The Last Knight
Wonder Woman