In the spotlight

Kayaking on Muddy Creek, Witch of Pungo tale telling

Summer 2015 catalog

ILR kayaking on Back Bay's Muddy Creek

Is ILR open?

During the third week of February, this was a popular question as snow, ice, and cold held Tidewater in its icy grip. ILR relies on ODU to clear the parking lot and walks and to open the VBHEC so ILR follows ODU's opening policy. On days when ODU opens at 10 AM, the morning class is canceled but the afternoon class will be held.

You can use the link weather closings appearing in the Are We Open? block at the top of the right-hand column on the home page to go to ODU's closing statement on the ODU home page.


The Institute for Learning in Retirement is an educational member organization planned and operated by and for individuals 55 years of age and older. There are over 300 such college-sponsored institutes and centers in the U. S. and we are one of the largest in Virginia. Sposored by Old Dominion University, our ILR began in 1993 with 15 interested members and it now has well over 700 active members.


If you are new to ILR, please begin by reading About ILR. 


If you are a member, For Members provides links to content frequently read by our members. Members interested in taking an active role in program planning should read Volunteering.


If you think you might be able to present a program to our members, For Presenters guides you through the process of pitching and presenting a program.

Upcoming Events

July 6, 2015
Jul 6 2015 - 1:00pm

July 9, 2015
Jul 9 2015 - 10:00am

July 10, 2015
Jul 10 2015 - 10:00am
Thirty members gather to tour the Slover Library and have lunch in the Library Cafe. Register by 1 July.

Are we open?

ILR is normally open from 0930 to 1530 on days when ODU is open.

ILR follows ODU holidays and weather closings.

Phone: 757 368-4160

Map and Directions

Recent News

June 12, 2015
The office took the summer program mailings to the office on Monday, June 8. You should receive your summer program and registration materials by Friday, June 19.
December 11, 2014
On October 17, O'Connor Brewing hosted a brewery tour and four beer tasting for ILR members. We met at the brewery at 11 AM.
December 11, 2014
On Friday October 5, members of the ILR tribe went kayaking on Muddy Creek at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.


Our summer program offerings and registration forms in one convenient PDF.
Our spring newsletter
This publication describes ILR's Spring 2015 class offerings, the spring kayak trip, social functions, and trip to tour Montpeiler, home of our fourth president, James Madison.