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Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries

Alyne Queener Massey Law Library

About Massey Law Library

Alyne Queener Massey

The Alyne Queener Massey Law Library offers a broad range of expertise, resources and services that enable the Law School to carry out its program of legal education, and support scholarship and research. 

The Law Library is designed to meet the modern information needs of the Vanderbilt community, providing ready access to library, media, and technology services, and an excellent collection of more than 600,000 volumes, including all of the leading legal databases. The library is also a select depository for U.S. government documents.

Massey Law Library's gracious spaces and state-of-the-art technology combine to provide a dynamic learning environment for our students, including abundant comfortable study spaces such as grand reading rooms, private carrels, and group study rooms. Law librarians, all of whom hold law degrees in addition to graduate degrees in library and information science, are available to assist with research questions. As part of Vanderbilt University's Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries, the Massey Law Library provides access to a broad range of non-legal resources, including business, science, and medical publications.

About Alyne Queener Massey

A recent addition to the reading room of the Law Library is a portrait of its namesake, Alyne Queener Massey.  The portrait was painted by renowned American artist Aaron Shikler.  Among his many portrait credits are the official presidential portrait of John F. Kennedy and the official White House portraits of Jacquelyn Kennedy and Nancy Reagan.  The university's official portrait of Chancellor Alexander Heard, which hangs in Kirkland Hall, is also by Mr. Shikler.

Mrs. Massey was a community leader and philanthropist who was infinitely generous with her time and talents, her intellect, her hospitality, her humor and her loving support of family and friends.  This includes her generous support to the Law Library which bears her name.  Mrs. Massey's generous spirit has enabled us to build a world-class law library collection worthy of her name, benefiting not only the Law School and the Vanderbilt community, but also the city of Nashville and state of Tennessee.