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About the Libraries

Welcome to the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries

Valerie Hotchkiss, University Librarian
The Vanderbilt Libraries are central to the educational and research mission of the university. While building upon our traditional strengths, we are also responsive to rapidly changing research technologies of the twenty-first century. Our aspiration is to help students and faculty turn information into knowledge, understanding, and innovation. In each library on campus, we strive to create beautiful and useful spaces for contemplation, collaboration, and even inspiration. I hope you will enjoy using the Vanderbilt Libraries, and may you discover even more than you were looking for!

Valerie Hotchkiss, University Librarian


The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University is comprised of nine libraries, including Special Collections & Archives. We seek to create a welcoming environment and provide services for research and scholarship, The libraries are dynamic places for faculty & staff, students and alumni to reflect and discover.

See our History and Timeline. Read our Future of the Libraries Report (2015). Become a Friend of the Vanderbilt Libraries.

Mission Statement

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries are fundamental to the university’s goal of advancing scholarship and learning. We collect, preserve and make accessible a wide variety of resources, we partner with faculty and students to shape research, and we encourage the development of informed scholars and engaged citizens.

Library Staff

Staff Directory
Organizational Chart


Access and Borrowing
Public Computers
Guidelines for Using Digital Content
Protecting Our Resources

Visitor Information

Campus Libraries

Maps and Parking
Floor Plans for each campus library
Access for Persons with Disabilities


The library has varied student  positionsStudents also have opportunities for immersive experiences through our Library Fellowship program.
Full-Time library positions are listed with  Work at Vanderbilt.