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Libraries 101: How to Hit the Books Successfully and Safely

Library Buildings Are Reopening for Fall Semester and We Are Here for You!

What to Know Before You Visit the Libraries

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries never stopped providing great resources and services over the past several months, but now we’re reopening our buildings to the VU community. You’ll find expanded remote resources and services and many new ways to learn about the libraries’ resources and to develop your research skills. In all we do, we’re following university protocols to enhance the safety of our spaces. This page provides important information that will make your next visit to the libraries a successful one.

Our Spaces Are Ready

Access is limited to Vanderbilt University students, faculty and staff.

Library buildings have reopened with modified services and hours. Our schedule may change based on the general situation, so please check the library homepage for ongoing updates.

Some libraries are serving as classroom space, so always check the library homepage for opening hours before you go.

Plexi shields and hand sanitizer stations have been added to our spaces.

Signage and furniture locations reflect university protocols on physical distancing.

Special Collections and University Archives are open by appointment. Preregister and order your materials here.


Our Library Staff Are Here to Help

Ask a Librarian about using the libraries, finding materials you need, and receiving help. Reference is also available via Live Chat. You can also "text" a question to a librarian or meet with a subject librarian during their zoom office hours.

To schedule a one-on-one consultation related to research and/or teaching, contact
your subject librarian.

To schedule data visualization consultations, contact disc@vanderbilt.edu.


Our Services Have Expanded to Meet Your New Needs

Patron using a cell phone to check out a book

CHECK OUT BOOKS WITH YOUR PHONE! Download the checkout@vandylibraries app for IOS or download the checkout@vandylibraries for Android to use your mobile device to check out books and materials. Use the book pick up tab in the catalog record to request pick-up outside the library. Due date for regular loaned items due between March 8 and May 7 is Sept. 4, 2020.


Anchor Down Step Up

Mask Up: Wear a face mask/covering in the libraries.
Back Up: Maintain six feet of physical distance from others.
Wash Up: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Check Up: Monitor yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms.