Divinity Library COVID-19 FAQ
I have books checked out. How do I return them?
Book drops are open and are being regularly checked. Some have been stuffed to overflowing, so if there's no room for your books when you stop by the library, you may want to try again later. (And we apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.)
Due dates for regular loaned items due between March 8, 2020, and May 7, 2020, have been changed to September 4, 2020.
Note: An update about library loans was sent on April 27, 2020, to folks who have items checked out. Please refer to that e-mail for further details, including fines and fees and shipping items back to the library for those graduating or not coming back to campus.
I have items in my Divinity Library locker. How can I get them?
You’ll have access to your locker when the library opens again.
I can't get to a print book I need. What do I do?
You have several options:
Some items you’ll find through the library catalog.
We typically have lots of e-books in the catalog; see an FAQ on identifying these e-book resources. Other e-books are temporarily available -- e.g.,
(There are almost 100,000 records in the catalog for these kinds of temporary access titles.)
Some items you’ll find by going to the HathiTrust Digital Library.
- Browse to HathiTrust.
- Click on the yellow “LOG IN” button on the right side of the resulting page.
- Find Vanderbilt in the partner institution popup and click “Continue.”
- Log in with your VUnetID and password.
- Search for the book(s) you’re interested in. You may want to toggle to “Catalog” under the search field and change the resulting dropdown that follows the search box to “Title”, “Author,” of whatever is appropriate in your situation. Do the search.
- If you get a result with a “Temporary Access” link, you’re in luck. Click on it.
- On the resulting page, check the book out. You’ll need to read it on the screen; no download is possible.
NOTE: Temporary access titles are things we own in print; if we don’t own it in print, we probably don’t have access to an e-book through HathiTrust.
For several other options, check out the library's COVID-19 Guide.
Some items may require a bit more poking around – but we have a COVID-19 Guide for that (which includes, among other resources, the Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library).
- Beginning June 1, 2020, the library is offering a print material pick-up service. For details, read a news item about how to use the service. Further questions? Please let us know.
The library doesn't seem to have the book I need. What do I do?
- Interlibrary loan has been doing a stellar job of getting electronic copies of articles and book chapters.
- Purchase Request Form : If an e-book is available, we're able to buy it for teaching and research needs. Use our purchase request form to let us know what you need.
I have other questions about library resources. Where can I get answers?
- Consult the Vanderbilt Libraries Support Remote Teaching, Learning, and Research page for information on placing materials on reserve, getting help with copyright, technology training, and so on.
- Check out these FAQs, which answer basic library questions like "How do I access journals remotely?," "How do I renew library materials?," and many others.
- Get in touch with your personal librarian, or send us an e-mail.
- Use the Ask a Librarian service to ask us! This service is monitored regularly, and someone will respond in a timely fashion.