In the spotlight

Kayaking on Muddy Creek, Witch of Pungo tale telling

Membership has its benefits

Learn more about ILR and the benefits of membership

Message of the day

2016 Summer is underway. Keep a look-out here for inclement weather information or program changes.


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.


Learn more about ILR and the benefits of membership 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.

ILR events are open to members having a reservation

ILR offers all programs a la carte. Members register for individual programs during the registration period. Once registrations close, individual programs may have a small number of places available for late registration.

Seating is limited at all ILR programs and attendance requires a paid reservation. 

Upcoming Events

October 4, 2016
Oct 4 2016 - 10:00am
Energy suckers are people who make us sorry we started the conversation. Instead of an enjoyable, two-way exchange, energy suckers make it all about them.
October 5, 2016
Oct 5 2016 - 10:00am
Thomas Jefferson never took his eyes off the west. This talk tells the story of the expedition he engineered that opened the west, perhaps the most momentous journey in American history.
October 6, 2016
Oct 6 2016 - 10:00am
Don't be left out of the conversation again. Hearing loss is the 3rd most chronic health condition in the United States, and 1 out of 5 adults suffer from some degree of hearing loss. Let Dr.
October 12, 2016
Oct 12 2016 - 10:00am
Our coastal region is the setting for a forgotten story of World War II: the heroics and sacrifices of the U.S.
October 12, 2016
Oct 12 2016 - 12:00pm
Join us for our quarterly session of Coffee and Conversation.

Are we open?

ILR is normally open from 9:30 AM  to 3:30 on days when ODU is open.

ILR follows ODU holidays and weather closings.

Phone: 757 368-4160

Map and Directions

Recent News

September 7, 2016
On September 7, 2016 or 2016 Fall program catalog, membership renewal form, registration forms, and trip registration forms are available from the website for your use. 
March 7, 2016
Revision History
7 March 2016: Original


PDF containing the complete Spring 2016 Newsletter
PDF of the complete newsletter.
This file contains just the forms that must be completed and returned to register for the 2016 summer classes, social events, and trip.