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Divinity Library COVID-19 FAQ

I can't get to a print book I need. What do I do?

You have several options:

  • The library is currently offering a print material pick-up service for items that are not available electronically. For details, read a news item about how to use the service.

    (You may want to look through the other options in this section to see if we have an e-version of what you're looking for.)

  • 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.,

    Temporarily accessible ebooks

  • Some items you’ll find in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

    Links to HathiTrust are appearing in the library catalog; look for them in the brief description of the item in a results list or a detailed record. Click on those links to access the full text of the book.

    HathiTrust link as it appears on a catalog record

    You'll be prompted to log in with your VUnetID and password. Once you do, look for a "Temporary access" link:

    Temporary Access link in HathiTrust record

    Make sure you check the book out to use it:

    Checkout link in HathTrust record

    If you want to start your search in HathiTrust, follow these instructions:

    1. Browse to HathiTrust.
    2. Click on the yellow “LOG IN” button on the right side of the resulting page.

      Log in to HathTrust

    3. Find Vanderbilt in the partner institution popup and click “Continue.”
    4. Log in with your VUnetID and password.
    5. 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.
    6. If you get a result with a “Temporary Access” link, you’re in luck.  Click on it.
    7. 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.

The library doesn't seem to have the book I need. What do I do?

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

Further questions?  Please let us know.

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.

If you are going to be graduating, please let us know. When the library opens again, we’ll take care of the library materials and contact you about the disposition of your personal items.

I have other questions about library resources. Where can I get answers?