Technology in the Heard Libraries

The Basics:  Hardware and Software

The Jean and Alexander Heard Library knows that research plays one role in your academic experience, equipment another. Browse our selection of computer gear (laptops, scanners, printers, etc.) and audiovisual materials (CD and DVD players, microform readers, etc.).

The Convenience:  Go Mobile

The new website is mobile friendly and automatically re-sizes to tablet screens and mobile devices. Or, to keep you within an app’s reach of the library, we are happy to offer a download for your iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and other mobile devices. 

The Savvy: iPads and Laptops

Visit the Central, Divinity, Management, Music, Peabody, or Science & Engineering Library to check out one of 60 iPads available to current students, faculty, and staff. These iPads are equipped with a pre-loaded selection of apps and can be borrowed for 3 days. You can check for availability and learn more about policies with our iPad widget and guide. Please note that iPads must be returned to the library where borrowed and late fees accrue at $10 per day.    

Laptops are also available to students, faculty, and staff and can be borrowed from the Central, Divinity, Music, Peabody, or Science & Engineering Library. Peabody also offers MacBooks to the VU community. View laptop availability and review our policies for appropriate use.

The Eskind Biomedical Library loans laptops for in-house, 2-hour checkout periods to primary users and Vanderbilt graduate students. Renewals are available but can vary based on demand and timely requests.

The Connection:  WiFi at VU 

As a current Vanderbilt student, faculty or staff member, you have the benefit of campus-wide wireless access.  For questions and assistance, contact Vanderbilt ITS.

For regulations regarding appropriate use of computers, review Vanderbilt University's Computer Privileges and Responsibilities policy.

The Pages:  Printing

The VUprint system provides you with printing in all university libraries. For convenience, personal computers can install a VUprint driver. Black and white prints, available throughout the library system, can be printed for $0.05 per page. Color prints available for $0.25 per page .

Commodores, your VUnet ID and e-password are the ticket for printing. You can add money to your card at the Card Services Web site. Guests, printing cards are available for purchase at any library service desk.

The Pages, Part II: Scanners  and Copiers

Photocopiers are also available to you in all libraries. Black and white copies can be made for $0.05 per page if using a Commodore Card, or $0.10 per page if paying cash. Color copying is $.25 per page. 

There is no charge for the scan-to-email option or the scan-to-flash-drive option.

Photocopiers and scanners are self-serve, with the exception of Special Collections. To properly preserve these materials, copies and scans are managed by library staff.