Access for Persons with Disabilities

The Vanderbilt University Libraries are committed to providing equal access to library services and collections for all patrons. If you need special assistance, ask for help at any library service desk. Some services may require advance notice to ensure staff availability. We work in conjunction with the Vanderbilt office for Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services in order to provide assistance. For more information, please contact a specific library for advice on access and assistance.

Adaptive Technology

For information regarding the libraries’ assistive technology, please see our list of adaptive/assistive equipment.

Handicapped Parking

Handicapped parking is located near several libraries. Refer to the Visitor Parking maps for details.

Handicapped Parking near Vanderbilt Libraries

Lot 6B (off 21st Ave., near Central, Divinity, Special Collections, and Science & Engineering)

Lot 6A (off 21st Ave., near the Law Library and Management Library)

Lots 95 and 96 (spaces on Magnolia Circle, near Peabody Library)

South Garage (off Children’s Way, near Blair School and the Music Library)


Visiting the Peabody Library with a wheelchair

Wheelchair access in and around the Peabody Library is limited because of its construction and layout. Because it is not possible to access each floor from the elevator you must plan your visit accordingly.

Magnolia Circle: This entrance will give you access to the first floor only. The first floor houses the Iris Café, the Fireside Room, two study rooms, a vending area and restrooms. A free public telephone is also available on this floor. The Fireside Room has Mac workstations for patron use.

21st Avenue South: This is the entrance at the back of the library along 21st Avenue South. This entrance will provide access to the Ground Floor Project Room, a study room and restrooms. Computers are not located on this level.

Elevator access: The elevator is accessed at the ground level (21st Ave. S. entrance). The elevator will take you to the Main Floor and the third floor. The elevator will not accommodate wheelchairs more than 24 inches wide.

Stacks Access: Originally, the Peabody Library was a closed stack library so the aisle ways are narrow. Staff will be happy to retrieve any material that you want from the stacks.