University Libraries

The Old Dominion University Libraries enrich the academic, research, and learning experience of the University community. The University Libraries provide students access to extensive digital resources, online journals, e-books, streaming media, and other electronic resources in all fields of research and instruction. On the University Libraries’ web site at, students can find library guides, instructional videos, chat reference, and many other services. The Libraries include the Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, the Elise N. Hofheimer Art Library, and the Music Library and F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room. Each facility also holds specialized book collections, maps, scores, recordings, microforms, and equipment available for borrowing. At the Help Desks, staff are on hand to provide assistance with information, location, instruction, and technological questions. Students and faculty members have online access to the Virtual Library of Virginia’s collections and may borrow books and other materials from participating libraries across the commonwealth.

Elise N. Hofheimer Art Library

Barry Arts Building, 47th Street and Monarch Way, Room 2008, second floor; 757-683-4059

The Hofheimer Art Library contains specialized books, journals, online resources, audio-visual titles, and other materials for students and faculty in the visual arts. Reserve materials for Art Department classes are available at the service desk. Individual and group study space, computers, viewing monitors, a scanner, and a network printer/copier are available. Visit the Art Library at

Music Library and F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room

Diehn Center for the Performing Arts, Room 189; 757-683-4173

The Music Library contains a portion of the Music Special Collections, print scores, and music audio and video content. Students also have access to PC and iMac computers, MIDI stations, DVD/VCR players, CD players, audio cassette players, turntables, a flatbed scanner, and network printer/copier. Reserve materials for Music Department classes are available at the service desk.

The Diehn Composers Room offers space for the study of manuscripts, scores, audio recordings, and other materials from the Music Special Collections. A Steinway grand piano affords scholars and researchers the opportunity to play selections from the Music Special Collections on an appointment basis only. Visit the Music Library and Diehn Composers Room at

Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library

Perry Library offers quiet study space, collaborative rooms for group projects, accessibility services, a café, meeting space, and other facilities for student success.

Learning Commons @ Perry Library

First Floor, 757-683-4178

The Learning Commons @ Perry Library is a collaborative project of the University Libraries, Information Technology Services, and the Center for High Impact Practices, providing year-round services with extended 24/5 hours during fall and spring semesters. The facility includes individual study space, as well as space for group collaboration, presentation practice, and a sound room that can be reserved by students. Students can access research assistance and resources, technology assistance, tutoring and writing centers, peer to peer tutoring, and other services supporting student success. Computers, wireless access, printers, scanners, copiers, GIS/digital media/other specialized software, and equipment loans are available. Information and reservations are available at

Circulation and Reserve Services

Second Floor, 757-683-4154

Students with a valid University ID may borrow and renew books and other materials as well as check out reserve materials. Graduate student study carrels are also available. Information on borrowing privileges, loan periods, and policies is available at

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services

757-683-4170, 4171

Interlibrary loan allows ODU students, faculty, and staff to request journal articles, books, and other needed research materials not available in the University Libraries. The Commonwealth’s Virtual Library of Virginia interlibrary loan agreement ensures that students, faculty, and staff may obtain items located in other Virginia libraries. Document delivery services provide copies of materials held in the University Libraries’ collection to distance learners and other eligible students, faculty, and staff. Interlibrary loan and document delivery requests can be submitted online at

Reference and Research Services

Help Desk, First Floor, 757-683-4178

Reference and Research Services staff assist students and faculty in locating information resources, library research, and technology use. Specialized staff provide direct individual assistance through consultation by appointment, telephone, e-mail, and live online chat. While most scholarly journals and databases are available through online subscriptions, the University Libraries also house circulating and reference print collections, including government publications. Local and distance learning students may obtain assistance by calling the Help Desk or linking to Ask A Librarian at

Reference and Research Services staff offer information literacy classes, research classes, specialized workshops, and orientation sessions to assist graduate and undergraduate students with library research. Tutorials, online research guides, schedules of library workshops, and additional information on instruction services are located at

Special Collections & University Archives

Third floor, 757-683-4483

Special Collections & University Archives, located on the third floor, has a unique and wide-ranging collection specializing in ODU, Norfolk, and Virginia history. The Special Collections includes rare books and manuscript collections focusing on African-American history, Norfolk urban redevelopment, women’s history, military history, the Civil War, LGBTQ history, and more. Materials range from rare books, diaries, letters, legal and campaign files, news film, photographs, and maps. The University Archives includes University publications, student theses and dissertations, yearbooks, department records, student organization collections, course catalogs, oral histories, and photographs of yesterday and today. Visit Special Collections at

Accessibility Services

First Floor, 757-683-4178

The Library Accessibility Room in the Learning Commons provides specialized equipment and quiet space for students registered with the University’s Office of Educational Accessibility. This wheelchair accessible room can be reserved for individual use. The facility houses CCTV, workstations with ZoomText and JAWS, and other adaptive technologies. Orientation, reservations, and research consultation appointments are available through the Learning Commons Help Desk.

The second floor Circulation Services desk provides on-demand paging to students who need special assistance with retrieving materials from the upper floors. Information about accessibility is available on the University Libraries’ web site at

ODU Digital Commons and Digital Collections

The Libraries manage the University’s institutional repository, ODU Digital Commons, which brings together the University’s scholarly, creative, and institutional works to preserve them, as well as provides open access to them online. Several digital collections of materials from the special collections and archives are also available, including the ODU Photographic Collection from 1930-early 2000s. Visit the ODU Digital Collections at and the ODU Digital Commons at

Information Technology Services (ITS)

Information Technology Services (ITS) offers a wide range of technology services and support, providing high-quality, cost-effective computing and communications services that meet the needs of the University community.

As technology continues to change the face of higher education, ITS is committed to advancing ODU’s innovative educational delivery and technology resources. In support of the University’s mission of teaching, research and other educational pursuits, ITS is committed to assisting students with their technology needs so they can succeed in all of their academic endeavors.

The ITS Help Desk is the first point of contact for IT applications and services, providing centralized technology support to students, staff and faculty. From the office in Webb Center, a student team provides peer-to-peer and walk-up technical support to individuals with technology questions, as well as on-site support for students in University housing.

How to Get Technical Support:

  • Email (24x7):          

Email with a detailed description of the problem.

  • Phone (24x7):

Call (757) 683-3192 anytime for technical assistance.
(toll free 877-348-6503)

  • In Person:   

Walk-up service is available in Webb Center (Room 1504)
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Knowledge Base: 

Search for answers to FAQs at

  • Online:

Request assistance online at Log in with the MIDAS ID and password.

ITS provides, maintains, and/or manages the following systems and services University-wide:

  • Computing accounts for faculty, staff and students
  • Academic and instructional systems
  • Administrative computing systems
  • Data and telecommunications networks
  • High-speed wired and wireless Internet connectivity
  • MonarchVision (Cable TV)
  • Media technology equipment in support of academic and University-related activities

Additional information about all computer services at ODU can be found on the ITS web page.

Computer Accounts

ITS provides all students with a MIDAS account (Monarch Identification and Authorization System). MIDAS is the University's identity and password management system, providing access to most ODU technology services such as email, Blackboard, the myODU Portal, video streaming courses and other important resources. 

Creating a MIDAS account
Go to the MIDAS website at to create the MIDAS account. During the creation process, a security profile will be established so that a new password can be created if needed. After the account is created, email access will be available immediately, but access to other University services and resources may take an additional 24-48 hours.  

myODU Portal

The myODU Portal, located at, provides a single point of access to University services. The portal page can be customized with links to the resources used most frequently, including Blackboard, Leo Online, University announcements, and Internet-based University email.

Student Email Accounts

The student email account is activated automatically when the MIDAS account is created. Student email accounts are provided through Gmail and serve as the official electronic mail system for all University-related communications, policies, announcements, tuition bills and other information. Access student email at or through the myODU portal at

The Residential Network (ResNet)

ResNet is managed by ITS and provides high-quality data (wired and wireless), voice and video services to students living on campus. Professional staff and student workers provide technological services and support for high-speed Internet access, cable television (MonarchVision), personal computers and mobile devices. Wired Internet connections in the residence halls allow each resident an individual connection that can be used for desktop PCs, game consoles or media streaming devices. Students may also request local phone service. 

Computer Labs

ITS computer labs – located in the Learning Commons, Webb Center and all Higher Education Centers – are equipped with Windows and Mac machines, a variety of academic software, laser printers and IT consultants to help with computer and software issues. Log in to lab computers using the MIDAS ID and password. Schedules are posted at Additional computing resources, including printers, are available in some academic buildings and residence halls.

Virtual Computing
ODU offers two virtual computing environments. The Monarch Virtual Environment (MOVE) allows access to standard lab computers – with specialized software like SAS, Matlab, SPSS – from any Internet-enabled device, including smartphones and tablets. Alternatively, the Virtual Computer Lab (VCL) allows reservation of a "virtual computer" – loaded with specific operating systems and applications – remotely through the Internet. Both virtual environments are available 24 hours a day. Please visit for more information.

Personal Computers on Campus

In order to effectively use information technology resources at ODU, student computers should at least meet the University’s minimum technical specifications found at

If the purchase of a computer is needed, the University Village Bookstore offers educational pricing on Apple and Dell computers through the Mobile Monarch student notebook program. Computers in this program have been selected to meet the requirements of the University's academic computing environment, and are typically business class systems with reliable standard components. Students can purchase a computer with up to a four-year warranty, which can be serviced at the on-campus support center. 

Academic Software/Instructional Systems

  • Software for Download - Through the University’s software licensing program, students can download McAfee Virus Scan software for Windows and Mac, free of charge, to their personal computers. ODU also offers Office 365 (Microsoft Office products) at no cost to all current students. These and additional instructional software titles like EndNote and X-WIN 32 can be found in the ITS Software and Services Catalog at
  • Web Conferencing - ODU offers web conferencing and collaboration tools that allow students and faculty to conduct same-time meetings and presentations. Meeting participants can interact through chats, screen sharing, file sharing, application sharing, multi-person video, dynamic white-boarding and polling. For more information, visit
  • Learning Management System - ODU's interactive learning system enhances the classroom experience by enabling continued class collaboration, facilitating feedback from peers and instructors, and allowing for unlimited access to course documents, reading assignments and other supplementary materials. The course management system also incorporates web pages, email, discussion boards, chat rooms, online quizzes, virtual groups and document sharing. For more information, visit

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF)

The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program at ODU is a professional development program open to all graduate students but is designed especially for those interested in an academic career. PFF offers two events a semester on topics such as teaching methods, publishing, grant writing, and the job application process.

Students can earn a PFF Certificate by participating in a mentored teaching experience and attending PFF and other professional development events. Students develop an ePortfolio to document and highlight their professional development and growth.

For further information, go to the PFF website at and

Preparing Future Professionals (PFP)

Preparing Future Professionals (PFP) program at ODU is a professional development program open to all graduate students but is designed especially for those interested in a non-academic career, such as in industry, non-profit or non-governmental organizations, or government agencies.

Students can earn a PFP Certificate by developing an individualized development plan, and attend PFF and other professional development events. Students develop an ePortfolio to document and highlight their professional development and growth.

For further information, go to the PFP website at