Old Dominion University Libraries

Who we are
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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.

Contact Us

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

(757) 683-4154


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

Our mission

The Library promotes student and faculty success in learning, teaching, and research.  We build, manage, and preserve research and information collections; serve the information needs of our community in a welcoming physical and virtual environment; and create and foster collaborative opportunities for research and service.

Our vision

The Library is the center of the University’s intellectual, cultural and social life.  We are client centered and future oriented.  We are recognized as the premier research library of southeastern Virginia.  We provide leadership to the community through knowledge and resources. 

Our values

We affirm our commitment to:

  • The transformative nature of teaching and learning
  • Excellence in service
  • Responsible stewardship
  • Ethical practices
  • Collaboration, cooperation and teamwork
  • Recognition, development and empowerment of staff
  • Regard for diversity of people and of ideas
  • Change and innovation for the benefit of our community

Our strategic plan

The University Libraries Strategic Plan is focused on (1) creating user-centered physical and online environments that advance successful learning, teaching, and research, (2) promoting and delivering innovative and responsive services that encourage student and faculty success in learning, teaching and research, and that contribute to intellectual growth, (3) developing and implementing collection strategies that effectively lead to learning, teaching and research success, and (4) creating an outstanding organization that fosters visionary leadership, strong internal and external communications, support for staff, efficient operations, and capacity for innovation and creativity.

Our digital preservation policy

The University Libraries Digital Preservation Policy describes the need and strategies for preserving Old Dominion University Libraries’ digital resources. Rapid growth in both the number of digital resources and the proportion of the Library’s budget used to obtain them necessitates that proactive steps be taken to preserve these materials. These digital preservation activities ensure that faculty, students, and other users will have ongoing access to the Library’s expanding collection.