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About the 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.

The Vision of 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