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Access and Use

Access and Use

Access to campus is limited during the fall semester as part of efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. Please refer to the university’s policy on campus visitors. Eligible borrowers temporarily without access to library buildings are encouraged to use our contactless pickup service by signing in to the Library Catalog.

Persons not affiliated with Vanderbilt may be issued a library borrowing card under certain circumstances. If you wish to borrow library material, please review the Other Borrowers category on the Borrowing tab and apply as directed.

Borrowing Services

Select your affiliation:

Current and emeriti Vanderbilt faculty may borrow using their Commodore Card.
Loan period for most items Number of checkout allowed Maximum number of allowed overdues Access to VU Interlibrary Loan On Campus access to electronic resources Off Campus access to electronic resources
1 year 500 25 Yes Yes Yes

Faculty with both a Commodore Card and VUMC card must use their Commodore Card to receive faculty services.

Loan Period Exceptions

With the exception of laptops, items that check out longer than 7 days may be recalled by another library user.

The following items are for use inside the library: Fragile/Rare items, reference items, Blair School of Music recordings, Doctor of Ministry papers, selected government publications (all government publications at the Law library, some government publications (all DVDs and maps) at Central), items from the Central Legislative Collection and 78 rpm discs.

Laptops check out for 14 days. Laptops and card readers accrue $10 per day overdue fines and are not renewable online.

Microform readers are available in the Central library. Annex requests for microforms should specify the Central or Peabody library as a pickup library.

Access to the Peabody test collection is limited to licensed faculty or students under direct faculty supervision; check out periods are for 180 days and 7 days respectively.

Current Vanderbilt graduate students may borrow using their Commodore Card.
Loan period for most items Number of checkout allowed Maximum number of allowed overdues Access to VU Interlibrary Loan On Campus access to electronic resources Off Campus access to electronic resources
3 months 300 25 Yes Yes Yes

Loan Period Exceptions

With the exception of laptops, items that check out longer than 7 days may be recalled by another library user.

The following items are for use inside the library: Fragile/Rare items, reference items, Blair School of Music recordings, Doctor of Ministry papers, selected government publications (all government publications at the Law library, some government publications (all DVDs and maps) at Central), items from the Central Legislative Collection and 78 rpm discs.

Laptops check out for 14 days. Laptops and card readers accrue $10 per day overdue fines and are not renewable online.

Microform readers are available in the Central library. Annex requests for microforms should specify the Central or Peabody library as a pickup library.

Access to the Peabody test collection is limited to licensed faculty or students under direct faculty supervision; check out periods are for 180 days and 7 days respectively.

Current Vanderbilt undergraduate students may borrow using their Commodore Card.
Loan period for most items Number of checkout allowed Maximum number of allowed overdues Access to VU Interlibrary Loan On Campus access to electronic resources Off Campus access to electronic resources
1 month 150 25 Yes Yes Yes

Loan Period Exceptions

With the exception of laptops, items that check out longer than 7 days may be recalled by another library user.

The following items are for use inside the library: Fragile/Rare items, reference items, Blair School of Music recordings, Doctor of Ministry papers, selected government publications (all government publications at the Law library, some government publications (all DVDs and maps) at Central), items from the Central Legislative Collection and 78 rpm discs.

Laptops check out for 14 days. Laptops and card readers accrue $10 per day overdue fines and are not renewable online.

Microform readers are available in the Central library. Annex requests for microforms should specify the Central or Peabody library as a pickup library.

Access to the Peabody test collection is limited to licensed faculty or students under direct faculty supervision; check out periods are for 180 days and 7 days respectively.

Current Vanderbilt & VUMC Staff (Vanderbilt campus or One Hundred Oaks) may borrow using their Commodore Card or Medical Center ID, respectively.
Loan period for most items Number of checkout allowed Maximum number of allowed overdues Access to VU Interlibrary Loan On Campus access to electronic resources Off Campus access to electronic resources
1 month 300 25 Yes Yes Yes

Loan Period Exceptions

With the exception of laptops, items that check out longer than 7 days may be recalled by another library user.

The following items are for use inside the library: Fragile/Rare items, reference items, Blair School of Music recordings, Doctor of Ministry papers, selected government publications (all government publications at the Law library, some government publications (all DVDs and maps) at Central), items from the Central Legislative Collection and 78 rpm discs.

Laptops check out for 14 days. Laptops and card readers accrue $10 per day overdue fines and are not renewable online.

Microform readers are available in the Central library. Annex requests for microforms should specify the Central or Peabody library as a pickup library.

Access to the Peabody test collection is limited to licensed faculty or students under direct faculty supervision; check out periods are for 180 days and 7 days respectively.

Vanderbilt Libraries deeply value our alumni users and we will continue to offer alumni access to collections and item pick up for alums through our online catalog. As part of our comprehensive efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 at Vanderbilt, however, we must limit the presence of all but current students, faculty, and staff in the libraries for the fall 2020 semester. Let us know how we can continue to help you remotely and thank you for your understanding.

Loan period for most items Number of checkout allowed Maximum number of allowed overdues Access to VU Interlibrary Loan On Campus access to electronic resources Off Campus access to electronic resources
1 month 50 25 No Yes Limited

Loan Period Exceptions

With the exception of laptops, items that check out longer than 7 days may be recalled by another library user.

The following items are for use inside the library: Fragile/Rare items, reference items, Blair School of Music recordings, Doctor of Ministry papers, selected government publications (all government publications at the Law library, some government publications (all DVDs and maps) at Central), items from the Central Legislative Collection and 78 rpm discs.

Laptops check out for 14 days. Laptops and card readers accrue $10 per day overdue fines and are not renewable online.

Microform readers are available in the Central library. Annex requests for microforms should specify the Central or Peabody library as a pickup library.

Access to the Peabody test collection is limited to licensed faculty or students under direct faculty supervision; check out periods are for 180 days and 7 days respectively.

Retired Vanderbilt faculty and staff may borrow after obtaining a new Commodore Card from Card Services.
Loan period for most items Number of checkout allowed Maximum number of allowed overdues Access to VU Interlibrary Loan On Campus access to electronic resources Off Campus access to electronic resources
1 month 50 5 No Yes No

Loan Period Exceptions

With the exception of laptops, items that check out longer than 7 days may be recalled by another library user.

The following items are for use inside the library: Fragile/Rare items, reference items, Blair School of Music recordings, Doctor of Ministry papers, selected government publications (all government publications at the Law library, some government publications (all DVDs and maps) at Central), items from the Central Legislative Collection and 78 rpm discs.

Laptops check out for 14 days. Laptops and card readers accrue $10 per day overdue fines and are not renewable online.

Microform readers are available in the Central library. Annex requests for microforms should specify the Central or Peabody library as a pickup library.

Access to the Peabody test collection is limited to licensed faculty or students under direct faculty supervision; check out periods are for 180 days and 7 days respectively.

Visiting Scholars must be authorized by a Vanderbilt department.
Loan period for most items Number of checkout allowed Maximum number of allowed overdues Access to VU Interlibrary Loan On Campus access to electronic resources Off Campus access to electronic resources
1 month 15 5 Yes Yes Yes

Loan Period Exceptions

With the exception of laptops, items that check out longer than 7 days may be recalled by another library user.

The following items are for use inside the library: Fragile/Rare items, reference items, Blair School of Music recordings, Doctor of Ministry papers, selected government publications (all government publications at the Law library, some government publications (all DVDs and maps) at Central), items from the Central Legislative Collection and 78 rpm discs.

Laptops check out for 14 days. Laptops and card readers accrue $10 per day overdue fines and are not renewable online.

Microform readers are available in the Central library. Annex requests for microforms should specify the Central or Peabody library as a pickup library.

Access to the Peabody test collection is limited to licensed faculty or students under direct faculty supervision; check out periods are for 180 days and 7 days respectively.

Interns & Observers may receive borrowing privileges with the sponsorship of a Vanderbilt faculty member.
Loan period for most items Number of checkout allowed Maximum number of allowed overdues Access to VU Interlibrary Loan On Campus access to electronic resources Off Campus access to electronic resources
1 month 15 5 Yes Yes Yes

Loan Period Exceptions

With the exception of laptops, items that check out longer than 7 days may be recalled by another library user.

The following items are for use inside the library: Fragile/Rare items, reference items, Blair School of Music recordings, Doctor of Ministry papers, selected government publications (all government publications at the Law library, some government publications (all DVDs and maps) at Central), items from the Central Legislative Collection and 78 rpm discs.

Laptops check out for 14 days. Laptops and card readers accrue $10 per day overdue fines and are not renewable online.

Microform readers are available in the Central library. Annex requests for microforms should specify the Central or Peabody library as a pickup library.

Access to the Peabody test collection is limited to licensed faculty or students under direct faculty supervision; check out periods are for 180 days and 7 days respectively.

Loan Period for most items Number of checkouts allowed Maximum number of allowed overdues Access to InterLibrary Loan On-Campus access to electronic resources Off-Campus access to electronic resources
1 month 15 5 No Yes No
The following groups are eligible for limited borrowing privileges:

Faculty should contact mat.trotter@vanderbilt.edu for more information and to apply.

Blair Academy at Vanderbilt students, members of the Blair Patron Society and Blair KeyBoard members are eligible for borrowing at the Music Library.  Blair community users can apply here.

Faculty from universities that are Association of Research Libraries (ARL) members A list of ARL members is available here. Applicants must present a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card, which can be obtained at your home institution library. Please contact mat.trotter@vanderbilt.edu for more information and to apply.

Fisk University students and faculty may show an active Fisk identification card at any library service desk in order to borrow materials from Vanderbilt Libraries. Fisk students and faculty should consult with the Fisk University John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library for details.

Individual researchers may be sponsored by a library Director upon request.

Members of the legal profession and other persons as authorized by Law Library administration are eligible for borrowing at the Law Library. Contact the Administrative Manager, Special Collections and Law Library, at (615) 343-8731 for more information.

Members of the Nashville Jewish Community are granted borrowing privileges to the Divinity Library. For more information, please contact the Public Services Librarian for the Divinity Library, at (615) 322-2865.

Local ministers and employees of denominational boards and agencies who are not in a degree-seeking program are eligible for borrowing at the Divinity Library. Ministers who live more than 100 miles away are eligible to join the Kesler Library Program. For more information, please contact the Public Services Librarian for the Divinity Library, at (615) 322-2865.

Rhodes College Faculty are eligible for library borrowing privileges as part of the Vanderbilt-Rhodes Academic Partnership. Faculty should contact mat.trotter@vanderbilt.edu for more information and to apply.

Sewanee University students and faculty may show an active Sewanee identification card at any library circulation desk in order to borrow materials from Vanderbilt Libraries.

Spouses of Vanderbilt University faculty, emeriti, staff, and students; and spouses of VUMC staff. Spousal applicants must be accompanied by their partner to receive a spousal Commodore Card, which will serve as your borrowing card, at Vanderbilt Card Services.

Loan Period Exceptions

Items that check out longer than 7 days may be recalled by another library user.

The following items are for use inside the library: Fragile/Rare items, reference items, Blair School of Music recordings, Doctor of Ministry papers, selected government publications (all government publications at the Law library, some government publications (all DVDs and maps) at Central), items from the Central Legislative Collection and 78 rpm discs.

Microform readers are available in the Central and Peabody libraries. Annex requests for microforms should specify the Central or Peabody library as a pickup library

Fines and Lost Items:

Only the following items have overdue fines. Items that are eligible for fines are not renewable online.

  • Laptops check out for 14 days. Laptops accrue $10 per day overdue fines and are not renewable online.
  • With the exception of laptops, items that check out longer than 7 days may be  recalled  by another library user.
  • Fines for course reserves and loanable equipment vary.

Users can extend the due date of most library items (items eligible for fines are not renewable online) by signing into the library catalog. Recalled items are not eligible for renewal and must be returned by the recall date due. Severely overdue items are billed to your account after three courtesy overdue notices. Users are responsible for returning library items regardless of whether courtesy notices are read or mis-delivered (update your contact information with the Registrar's Office or Human Resources, if Vanderbilt student, faculty or staff; other users may update their contact info at the service desk in any library.) The amounts billed will be the replacement cost of the item or a flat fee of $75, and a non-refundable billing fee of $25.

If an item is 30 days overdue or returned in a damaged or incomplete state, the user will be billed for the replacement cost, or a flat fee of $75, plus a processing fee of $25.

Student fines and bills are transferred weekly (Sunday of each week) to Student Accounts.

Borrower Responsibilities

  • You are responsible for all materials you check out and all fees or damages you incur.
  • Do not loan to others items that you have borrowed.
  • Do not let anyone else use your Vanderbilt Commodore card.
  • Do not depend on others to return items for you.
  • Report a stolen or lost Vanderbilt Commodore card to the Commodore Card Office or 615-322-2273.
  • Note the time or date your borrowed materials are due. The library sends overdue notices as a courtesy, but it is always your responsibility to return materials on time.
  • If your book is recalled, you must return it by the date indicated on the recall notice.
  • If you receive an overdue notice for materials that you believe you have returned, please contact library staff.

Returns

Please note that all returns are quarantined for at least 72 hours before they can be removed from your library account. Upon removal from your account, returns are backdated to the original date of return. Please disregard any library notices sent for items that have already been returned during this 72+ hour window.

Print materials should be deposited in any one of the book returns located inside and outside of the libraries on campus.

Fragile items such as CDs, DVDs, etc. should be returned to a library service desk.

Laptops must be returned to the service desk from where they were borrowed.