Information for Visitors

Directions and Parking

Preston Library is located at 345 Letcher Avenue. We are the third academic building on the right as you enter the main gates of campus. A campus map is available here.  For in-town directions, call (540) 464-7129. If you are visiting from out of town, driving directions are available from the VMI Visitors' Information page.

Parking in front of Preston Library is limited. Visitors are welcome to park wherever space is available. There is no charge for parking on post.

Please note: Letcher Avenue is CLOSED to traffic during the academic year at the following times:

  • 0700-0730 Monday
  • 0610-0620 Tuesday
  • 0700-0715 Wednesday-Saturday
  • 12-1210 Daily
  • 1800-1815 Daily
  • 1900-1915 Daily
  • 1630-1730 Friday
  • 1030-1130 Saturday (Home Football Contests)

Please plan your visit accordingly.

Circulation policy
Preston Library extends borrowing privileges to Rockbridge County residents, as well as faculty and students at Washington & Lee University, Southern Virginia University, and other Virginia colleges. Visit the circulation desk to fill out a brief registration form.
Computer and Internet Access

Preston Library provides public access to the internet via 32 network computers in addition to the wireless network.  All study carrels are equipped with power outlets and ethernet connections. 

WiFi is available throughout the library, with the preferred network for visitors (patrons who don't have a VMI network username and password) Preston Public. Read more about the library's wireless networks here.

Black and white photocopies can be made at the circulation desk and cost 10¢ per page plus tax as required by the state.
Dedicated spaces and art in Preston Library

Here is a list of the dedicated study carrels.

Here is a listed of named dedicated areas in the library.

Information about portraits located in Preston Library can be found here

Please call (540) 464-7129 with questions about visiting Preston Library.