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Central Library Notable Collections


Bandy Center

The W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies was founded in 1968 by the College of Arts and Sciences of Vanderbilt University as a joint project between the Department of French and Italian and the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries. Its core was the personal collection of the eminent Baudelaire scholar, William Thomas Bandy, who continued to work with the collection until his death in 1989. The Bandy Center is located in the Treasure Room of the Central Library, a highly appropriate location, as former Center Director Professor Claude Pichois referred to the Center as the jewel in the Vanderbilt crown. Scholars are welcome and may work at the center during the scheduled public hours and by appointment. The Bandy Center also houses and curates the Pascal Pia, Gilbert Sigaux, and Morris Wachs Collections. Find out more about these collections.

Newspapers on Microform

Central Library has a large microfilm collection of historical newspapers, both from the United States and abroad. Find out more about the collection.

Newspapers in Print

Central Library's print newspaper holdings include the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other major newspapers. Learn more about our holdings.

Latin American Newspapers

Central Library has a large microfilm collection of historical newspapers from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. See the full list of holdings.

Leisure Reading

Looking for something to take along on vacation or simply a break from course work? The Leisure Reading Collection contains books and audio books selected primarily for entertainment. Find out more about the collection.

Leisure Viewing

Leisure Viewing is a selection of current releases and popular movies selected for entertainment viewing. Please feel free to browse the collection (on the main floor of Central just behind the computer workstation area) and borrow any DVDs you see.

Other DVDs and Video Collections

The DVDs in the Leisure Viewing section represent about 10% of the library's total film collection. Central Library has over 7500 DVDs available for circulation. Use the DVD search in the search bar to find a movie you're looking for.