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Frequently Asked Questions

Are the libraries open?

Library services and resources never closed! But yes, now the physical buildings are open again. Check for opening hours. We have signage and reconfigurations in place for social distancing and to keep you safe.

Will students have access to libraries to study?

The libraries recognize how valuable it is for our students to have a place of refuge for deep thought and focus. Some of our library spaces are being used as classrooms, while others are set up to serve as study spaces according to the university's social distancing protocols. Management, Law and Eskind libraries have limited physical access to the students and faculty of those schools, but librarians can provide the entire VU community with resources and services from any library on campus.

Do alumni have access to the libraries?

Vanderbilt Libraries deeply value our alumni users and we will continue to offer alumni access to collections and item pick up for alums through our online catalog. As part of our comprehensive efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 at Vanderbilt, however, we must limit the presence of all but current students, faculty, and staff in the libraries for the fall 2020 semester. Let us know how we can continue to help you remotely and thank you for your understanding.

Is it possible to check out a book from the libraries?

You bet! Download the checkout@VandyLibraries app and use our contactless check out via your mobile device.

Check for e-versions of texts via the library's online catalog. We've been adding many e-resources to keep everyone safe.

If you need a physical item but would prefer to pick it up, you can choose that option from our catalog. Pickups are by appointment outside the 21st Avenue entrance to the Central/Divinity Libraries, outside the Blair School of Music, and at the front desk of the Eskind Biomedical Library. Please allow up to 3 business days for fulfillment of physical item requests.

How do I access library databases from home?

Go to the libraries home page and sign in with your VUNet ID. Then click on the Databases A-Z page to find databases by name or subject.

It's always wise to sign in to the Libraries' website to take full advantage of all the resources available to you as a VU Community member.

I want to add library resources to my Brightspace course, can you help me?

For assistance with the Course Reading List tool in Brightspace, please consult the Course Reading List Tool. You can also add a subject librarian to your course to provide point-of-need research support for students. More information here.

How do I return my interlibrary loan items?

You may return interlibrary loan materials at the library service desk, by dropping it in one of the book drops outside of the libraries, or by mailing it to the libraries at: Vanderbilt Libraries, 419 21st Ave S, Nashville TN 37203.

When are the libraries open?

Each library's' hours are different and may change during exams and breaks, so please check the library homepage for hours and updates. Access is limited to Vanderbilt University students, faculty, and staff, and university affiliates with a Commodore Card. Some libraries are serving as classroom space, so always check before you go.

May I schedule a one-on-one consultation with a librarian?

Yes, we hope you will! To schedule a one-on-one meeting, contact your subject librarian. Librarians are also keeping weekly office hours, posted to their directory listing. Feel free to drop in on your subject librarian at these times. You can also ask your question anytime via Live Chat or Ask A Librarian .

May I check out a laptop?

The libraries continue to circulate laptops from our service desks. View Laptop Availability.

Can I request a purchase for the libraries?

We continue to accept requests for acquisitions through the Purchase Request Form. (Please note that the form requires a VUnet ID and password.) If you are requesting course reserves, please use the library Reserves Form.

How do I reserve a study room in the Library?

Great question! Go to the EMS room reservation system. There is also a link to the reservation system from the Libraries’ homepage.