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Guide to Libraries

Study, Research, and Collaborate

students studying in our different librariesWelcome to Vanderbilt’s libraries and art gallery. Have a research question? Need help with a paper topic? Interested in pursuing a fellowship? Need to mine text or visualize data? We can help with nine libraries, one art gallery, great collections, and subject experts in your field. Librarians make great research partners—just ask!

  • Group study spaces can be reserved and quiet nooks and crannies abound.
  • Public computers and printer/copiers are available in every library.
  • Laptops, umbrellas, and Gear2Go collections ranging from cameras to chargers to virtual reality items can be checked out.
  • Interlibrary loan provides campus patrons with materials from libraries around the world.
  • Each area of study has dedicated subject experts who provide individual research expertise.
  • All locations are open to the Vanderbilt community and the general public. Check for building restrictions prior to visiting.
  • Food and drink are allowed in the libraries, and the Central library has a full-service café that accepts the Vanderbilt meal plan.

Libraries and the Life of the Mind

At the library, author readings, conferences, workshops, and other events celebrate the life of the mind. Partnering in research and complementing the curriculum through lively programming, the libraries are central to the educational mission of the university.

Digital Scholarship

Digital scholarship takes advantage of established and emerging computational methods to advance academic research and communication. Working across our nine libraries, the Office of Digital Scholarship and Communication (DiSC) instructs and advises faculty, students, and staff from the humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences about applying technologies—ranging from data curation to geospatial systems to text mining— to their fields of research.

Immersion Vanderbilt

The libraries support Immersion Vanderbilt by providing students with unique and engaging ways to build the research skills needed to complete projects in any of the four immersion pathways. Students learn to evaluate and gather information, to curate knowledge, and to make the results of their research accessible to a broader public.

Collaboration with Faculty

Vanderbilt librarians collaborate with faculty in our shared efforts to enhance student information literacy. Whether in the library or the classroom, librarians teach critical thinking and information-seeking skills. Librarians create subject area or course-specific research guides and partner with faculty for all their teaching and research needs.

Personal Librarian Program

As soon as an undergraduate declares a major, a subject librarian for that field contacts the student with useful information about the library. These personal librarians offer tips on locating resources and provide individualized help in the research methods of the discipline.


Alyne Queener Massey Law Library

The Alyne Queener Massey Law Library is designed to meet the modern information needs of the Vanderbilt community, providing ready access to library, media, and technology services and an excellent collection of more than 600,000 volumes, including all of the leading legal databases.

Address: 131 21st Avenue South | Nashville, TN 37203 | Get Directions

Contact: (615) 322-2568

Anne Potter Wilson Music Library

The Music Library is “composed” of thousands of books, sound/video recordings, scores, and journal subscriptions. It offers streaming media databases, and its special collections range from tango to blues to Appalachian folk music.

Address: 2400 Blakemore Avenue | Nashville, TN 37212 | Get Directions

Contact: (615) 322-7695

Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library

The Eskind Biomedical Library supports innovation and excellence in biomedical research, patient care, and the development of scholars and future health care leaders at Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The stunning modern library building also houses a collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and vintage medical instruments documenting the history of medicine.

Address: 2209 Garland Avenue | Nashville, TN 37232 | Get Directions

Contact: (615) 936-1410

Central Library

The largest library resource for the College of Arts and Science, the Central Library houses a broad and diverse collection. Subject librarians for every major provide research services and reference help. A favorite study spot, the library offers individual spaces and group study rooms, as well as grand reading rooms. “Good reads” can be found in the leisure reading collection, and library events and workshops complement the curriculum in countless ways.

Address: 419 21st Avenue South | Nashville, TN 37203 | Get Directions

Contact: (615) 322-2800

Divinity Library

The Divinity Library’s quarter of a million volumes encompass all aspects of religious life and practice with collection strengths in biblical studies, theology, and the history of Christianity. Holdings also include the Zimmerman Judaica Collection which covers thousands of years of Jewish research, culture, and history.

Address: 419 21st Avenue South | Nashville, TN 37203 | Get Directions

Contact: (615) 322-2807

Peabody Library

The Peabody Library supports the programs of Vanderbilt’s Peabody College in education, cognitive studies, special education, and human and organizational development. Its Curriculum Materials Center circulates hands-on learning items, teacher-edition textbooks, and leveled readers.

Address: PMB 135 | 230 Appleton PI. | Nashville, TN 37203 | Get Directions

Contact: (615) 322-8098

Sarah Shannon Stevenson Science and Engineering Library

The Science and Engineering Library has STEM field resources in general science and technology, astronomy and astrophysics, biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, mathematics, and physics. The Gear2Go Collection offers loanable technology from calculators to the latest imaging equipment.

Address: 419 21st Avenue South | Nashville, TN 37203 | Get Directions

Contact: (615) 322-2775

Special Collections Library and University Archives

Vanderbilt’s Special Collections include rich holdings in southern literature, Latin American studies, works by and about Baudelaire, and the history of cards and card games. The University Archives contains the collective history of the University of Nashville, George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, and significant holdings in politics and journalism. The Television News Archive is the world’s most extensive and complete archive of television news with consistent content from 1968 to present.

Address: 419 21st Avenue South | Nashville, TN 37203 | Get Directions

Contact: (615) 322-2807

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery

The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery promotes engagement with the visual arts among students and the greater community through exhibitions, collections, research, and instruction. The collection contains art from six continents in a wide array of forms and formats from various periods of history including ancient, medieval, early modern and modern, and contemporary.

Address: 1220 21st Avenue South | Nashville, TN 37203 | Get Directions

Contact: (615) 322-0605

Walker Management Library

The Walker Management Library focuses on graduate business education and provides serious training in the use of specialized databases and tools for all of the business subdisciplines. Students have access to market software and data, as well as business bestsellers in beautiful, newly renovated spaces.

Address: 401 21st Avenue South | Nashville, TN 37203 | Get Directions

Contact: (615) 322-2970