Library Services: Where Things Stand, Fall 2021
With the return to on-site instruction at Vanderbilt, the libraries are adjusting their services to accomodate the Vanderbilt community. Here's where things stand:
Can I enter the libraries?
Current students, faculty (including emeritus faculty), and staff can visit the libraries, check out books, use study spaces in the libraries, and so on. The pick-up service that the library has offered for the last year or so is no longer available to students, faculty, and staff.
Alums, clergy card holders, and other users with card access are not able to visit the libraries but can request library materials through the library's pick-up service. To initiate a pick-up request, sign in to the library catalog, find an item that you're interested in, choose the "Book Pick Up Request" link in the "Get It" section of the full catalog record, and submit the request.
Other visitors to campus are currently not able to enter the libraries and other campus buildings.
Note: everyone on campus should observe masking protocols.
What options do I have to access materials when I'm not on campus?
You have a couple of options:
We have e-books.
Some items you’ll find through the library catalog. See an FAQ on identifying these e-book resources. Other items are available in some of our library databases. Ask us if you're having trouble finding something.
We're scanning and delivering journal articles, book chapters, etc.
If you need journal articles, book chapters, or any other part of printed publications from the university libraries, simply request that the item be scanned and delivered to you.
- If you log into the library catalog, you'll see links labeled "Request chapter/article scan" links in the "Get It" section of catalog records. Click on those links to request scans.
- If you're using a library database and see a find it@VU button next to the item you're interested in, click it. You'll be taken to a catalog record; log in if you aren't, and you'll see the "Request chapter/article scan" link there.
The library doesn't seem to have the item I need. What do I do?
- Submit an interlibrary loan request.
- Submit a purchase request form if you think we should own a copy of the item.
You used to have a faculty delivery service. Is that coming back?
The faculty delivery service has returned. Log into the library catalog, and you'll see "Faculty Delivery" links in the "Get It" section of catalog records:.
You'll be prompted to log into your interlibrary loan account where you can complete the request. Ask us if you have any questions about this.
We have a new "pull and hold" service for graduate students.
Graduate students can now request that items on the shelf be placed on hold for them at any campus library convenient to them.
Note: Access to some libraries – Biomedical, Law, Management, and Music – is currently partly or fully restricted to individuals associated with the schools in which those libraries are located. For more details, browse to the Library Hours page and note access restrictions for each library.
To request an item, log into the library catalog, and you'll see a "Pull and Hold" link in the "Get It" section of catalog records. Click on the link to specify a pickup location, and then submit the request.
You should be notified when the item is available for pickup. Ask us if you have any questions about this.
Can I get a Divinity Library locker?
If you would like a locker or have questions about them, please contact Keegan Osinski.
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.