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Alumni Services

Alumni may visit the libraries at any time during open hours with their VU card. View library hours for each of our library locations.

Library benefits for Vanderbilt alumni include:
  • Access to a select group of specially licensed digital resources and databases
  • Borrowing privileges at all campus libraries
  • Expert assistance by professional librarians

Digital Resources and Databases

Licensing agreements require that some of our electronic resources are limited to current faculty, staff and students. Some material in our library catalog will not be available due to these licensing agreements.

The library also offers off-campus access to a select group of specially licensed alumni databases. For off-campus access, alumni will need a current VUNetID which must be renewed every 12 months. To obtain or reset a VUNetID, submit a request via the link Ask a Librarian with your full name, school name and the year of graduation.

Borrowing Card

All Vanderbilt graduates are encouraged to borrow books from the library free of charge. The Commodore Card provides borrowing privileges to all Vanderbilt libraries. To obtain a card after graduation, please visit Vanderbilt’s Card Services office.


Questions? Stop by a library service desk on your next trip to campus or feel free to send us a note. Librarians with subject and discipline expertise provide alumni with information consultation services, in person and by email. You can always Ask a Librarian.

Giving to the Library

Invest in the future of Vanderbilt by giving a gift to support the learning and research needs of the entire Vanderbilt community.