Old Dominion University Libraries

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The Old Dominion University Libraries serve the learning, teaching and research needs of registered faculty, staff and students of the Old Dominion University.

The Libraries also provide limited services and resources for academic purposes to the greater community. Policies defining the services and resources available to the general public may be found here.

Contact Us

Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library
4427 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23529

(757) 683-4154


Bibliographic Services
Circulation Services
Collection Development
Diehn Composers Room
Digital Services
Hofheimer Art Library
Interlibrary Loan
Library Business Office
OCCS Computer Lab
Special Collections

Perry Library Virtual Photo Tour

Tour Navigation:

1) You may begin touring the library by clicking on the first slide. Then, using the arrows inside the image window, you can navigate through the rest of the library areas.

2) You may also click on any slide and view the library areas individually.

The library Circulation desk is where you would present your ODU ID card to borrow and return books and other circulating materials, inquire about lost and found items, or pay fines for overdue items.

It is also at the Circulation desk where you may check out Reserve items that faculty have put on short-term loan for their courses and where you may go to reserve a study room.

Circulation Desk

The front lobby is home to our popular book collection. The popular books are kept in the bookcases along the front lobby windows. This collection is heavy on whodunits, chick lit, celebrity cooking, self-help advice, popular biography, political rants, and most anything else you can’t find on our regular shelves. Check one out for your next lazy day at the beach or your next long plane ride!

Front Lobby

Located beside the front lobby, is the library OCCS computer lab, #164 This is definitely a hot spot for all of those internet-surfing and essay-typing sessions. These computers require an ODU Login, so be sure to have your MIDAS username and password ready.

The lab also contains three black and white laser printers, a color laser printer, and a scanner. You can print up to 250 pages each semester for free! And lab assistants are there when you need any help.

Library OCCS Computer Lab

Beside the OCCS computer lab is our Disability Services Room, #155. Specialized equipment is available for students registered with the Disability Services Office in Webb Center. This room contains a computer workstation with scanner, DECtalk voice synthesizer, Open Book Unbound software, Zoom Text, and JAWS. It also contains an Optelec CCTV text enlarger, and a tape player. Users must receive training/orientation prior to using the room. For questions see the reference desk.

Disability Services Room

Opened in Spring 2008, the University Libraries art gallery showcases the art collections of local artists. Artwork includes photographs, drawings, paintings, and much more.

Art Gallery

The Research Commons is an area designated for ODU students, faculty, and staff. You are welcome to use this area for your research and computer needs. This area provides: computers with MIDAS login and internet access, research assistance from the reference staff, Microsoft applications, tables for group work, and network printing for just 10 cents a page.

Research Commons

Adjacent to our Research Commons is our Library Instruction Room, #163. Instructors whose classes have a strong research component may bring their classes to the library, and a subject-specialist librarian will provide searching tips, recommend key databases and resources, and provide other types of research assistance.

Our classroom also has 24 computers and a teacher workstation so you can follow along with the librarian and do some of your own hands-on research!

Library Instruction Room

At the reference and research services desk, you’ll find reference staff personnel available to help you with any research questions. On the left, is our student assistant, and on the right is a reference librarian or a reference staff member. Please visit them if you have any questions about the library, your class assignments, or anything else you might need. They are there to help you.

Reference & Research Services Desk

Directly behind the reference desk are four small bookcases. On these bookcases are the most used reference books in our collection. It is here you’ll find things like writing style manuals, medical reference books, government statistical information, and even the most current ODU catalogs. The desk staff is happy to lend you one of these books whenever you need them, but remember to return them to the desk whenever you are finished.

Ready Reference Collection

The large bookcases at the back of the reference area hold our reference books. These books, like the ready reference books, are not to be checked out, but are to be used in the library only.

Our collection includes many types of reference materials: general and specialized encyclopedias, directories, manuals, dictionaries, etc. Be sure to ask one of the desk staff if you need help finding a particular reference book.

Reference Shelves

Beside the reference shelves is a small area with tables and file cabinets. This area houses another type of reference material: maps and atlases. We have international and world maps, national and regional maps, and of course local maps across Hampton Roads, the Carolinas, and the Eastern Shore. Other smaller atlases are on the regular shelves.

Maps & Atlases

Inside this section of the library are our government publications. We have many thousands of government documents online through government web pages, but here, in print, you will find federal government information. The ODU library is a federal depository member. The primary mission of the federal depository is to provide free, permanent, public access to federal government information in a variety of formats.

The depository collections are open to University faculty, students and staff, and to the general public. The collections are designed to meet the information needs of the university community, and the constituents of the 2nd Congressional District of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Government Publications

Two photocopier rooms are available in the center of the first and second floors. There is one photocopier in each room. Photocopies cost 10 cents a page and only create black and white copies. If you don’t have the correct change, there is a Bill-to-Bill changer in Room #138 which exchanges a $5, $10, or $20 dollar bills for $1 bills. Please report any problems with a first floor copier to the reference desk; please report any problems with a second floor copier to the microforms service desk.

Photocopier Rooms

Located at the back of the library is our Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery office, Room #109. ODU students and faculty who need materials not owned by this library may request them from other libraries, using this service. Students and faculty may request books, articles, conference papers, dissertations and theses, etc. Stop by this office or visit our Web page for more information.

Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery

At the front West end of the second floor are the library's Administrative Offices. The University Librarian, the Administrative Services Librarian, and the Library Administration staff are located there. Inquiries about such things as employment, personnel issues, and building maintenance may be made here.

Library Administration

Comfortable seating and tables are scattered along the the front window areas of the library on each floor. These are the perfect spots to sit, read, or study with your friends. These areas are also ideal for accessing the wireless network, so don't forget to bring your laptop. And even if you don't have one, remember you can always check out one at the Circulation desk.

Second Floor Area

The 2nd floor is home to our periodicals available in print. We have a wide variety of journal, magazine, and newspaper titles. Our most current issues are located on the open shelves toward the front of the floor near the Serials Service Point desk. These titles are arranged alphabetically, so pay attention to the markers on the sides of the shelves.

If you have any problems locating a publication, there is a library staff member at the Serials Service Point desk to help you during limited hours of a semester.

Current Periodicals

Once periodicals (journals and magazines) have been displayed on the open shelves for a period of time, these publications are then bound in hard back covers and kept on the shelves toward the back of the 2nd floor. To find an article in a bound journal, you’ll need to visit the library catalog and find the correct call number. A reference desk staff person on the 1st floor can help you to do that.

Bound Periodicals

Located on the front East end of the 2nd floor is our Microforms area. A staff member is available at the Microforms Service desk to help you with finding microfilm or microfiche, viewing them, or printing them.

Beside the Microforms Service desk are metal cabinets that house our microform collections. We have over 130 microform subscriptions and many more other resources on microform. As with the bound journals, you will need a call number to find the publication and article you are looking for. Once you find the film or fiche you need, a microforms staff member can help you to load it into a viewer, so you can read or print the article(s). The cost to print is 10 cents a page.

Also in this section are machines where you may view videos or DVDs from our video collection. Please see a microforms staff member to help you with any of these services.


To the right of the Microforms Service desk are metal, open shelves that house our print newspapers. We have a collection of local, national, and international newspapers on these shelves. You are welcome to read and photocopy articles in these newspapers, but they may not be checked out.

If you’d rather view newspaper articles on screen, we also have a number of newspapers in electronic form through our databases like Factiva, Lexis Nexis Academic, and Global News Bank. If you need assistance finding articles in these databases, please visit the Reference Desk on the 1st floor.


The 3rd floor contains books from our General Collection with call numbers ranging from A-L. This includes books on history, social sciences, business, education and more.

The 3rd floor is also considered our QUIET STUDY floor. It is a popular section of the library especially during final exam week, because there are many desks and tables for students to work and study quietly.

Third Floor Area

The Digital Services Center is located at the front West end of the 3rd floor. It provides hardware, software, and assistance to Old Dominion University faculty, staff and graduate students needing to integrate digital information resources into instruction, research, and coursework. Some services offered are scanning assistance, web page assistance, digital audio and video assistance, and digital projects assistance.

Digital Services Center

Our Special Collections department is located at the front East end of the 3rd floor. This department houses the University Archives, Manuscripts, and books and printed material relating to Virginia and Tidewater History.

The University Archives includes the non-current permanent records of the university, theses and dissertations, oral histories, year books, course catalogs, university publications, and photographs of yesterday and today.

The Manuscripts area of Special Collections contains diaries, letters, legal and campaign files, photographs, and maps that document such subjects as the Civil War, Virginia politics, military history, African-American history, Norfolk urban redevelopment, women's history, and local history.

Special Collections

Fourth Floor
The shelves on the 4th floor hold our general collection books with call numbers M-Z. This includes books on art, music, literature, sciences, health sciences and technology.

You might notice that there are also two sets of metal shelving in the center of the fourth floor. One set of shelves holds our Video collection, and the other set of shelves holds our Juvenile Book collection. Videos and Juvenile books may be checked out in the same way General Collection books are checked out.

Videos & Juvenile Books

Fourth Floor
Throughout the fourth floor are plenty of tables and chairs to use; they are perfect for group study. But take a careful look, for you might even find a private spot for yourself to snuggle in - a perfect 'room' with a view.

Fourth Floor Area