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Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries

Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center

About the Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center

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Colored renderings of pathways of axonal fibers in the brain reconstructed by using MRI measurements of tissue water diffusion. The method is used to study brain connectivity in living subjects and provides metrics of tissue microstructure that are sensitive to brain injury and recovery as well as normal development and learning. Thanks to Adam Anderson, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science


The Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center supports the education, research, and patient care mission of Vanderbilt University and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  The lower level and first floor of the Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center (EFBL&LC) has a total seating capacity of 236. There are ten study rooms, varying types of tables and chairs, and a new training/meeting room with flexible configurations that seat up to 36 persons. Technologically speaking, the library has wireless network access throughout the facility, 14 desktop computers, six laptops available for checkout, two multi-function printers, and 3-D printing (coming soon).  The library’s comprehensive biomedical and health sciences collection is comprised of 15,000 print volumes and more than 20,000 electronic databases, journals, and books.  Reference and Instruction Librarians act as partners with the Vanderbilt community by providing research assistance and support such as literature searching and consultations, and training on various information resources and citation management programs.  Appointments for library services are scheduled through our main phone number, Ask Biomedical online form, or with one of the librarians.  Research assistance and instruction for current students, staff, and faculty is available in-person or electronically through Skype for Business.  Subject guides have been created by reference librarians to assist users with quickly identifying selected databases, books, and journals for specific courses or clinical specialties.  The Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery service can assist with finding and acquiring items not available in the Vanderbilt Library collection.

The History of Medicine Collections is located on the third floor of the EFBL&LC.  It maintains a unique collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, archival materials, and other items documenting the history of medicine and medical education at Vanderbilt University and in the State of Tennessee.  

Additional print and electronic resources are available to the entire Vanderbilt community through the other campus libraries and special collections that form the Jean and Alexander 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.

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


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.