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Vanderbilt Libraries Support Remote Teaching, Learning, and Research

Updated 6/1/2020

Access to Resources

To access most databases and eJournals from off-campus, you must log in through the proxy server with your VUnetID and ePassword when prompted. You must be a current student, faculty, or staff member of Vanderbilt University to access these resources. Alumni have off-campus access to certain databases.

Circulation and Renewals

  • Due date for regular loaned items due between March 8 and May 7 is September 4, 2020. Items may be returned to the library via mail: 419 21st Avenue South, Nashville TN 37203
  • Online requests for pilot pick up service


Digital Workshops and Consultations

Interlibrary Loan

Remote Instruction and Copyright Assistance




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. There is much still evolving with campus space plans;. for example, library spaces may be used as classrooms. We certainly hope to be able to provide student study space, but it is still undetermined if and how we will be able. If so, space may need to be prioritized in some manner.
Is it possible to check out a book from the libraries?
Vanderbilt library staff launched a beta pick-up service beginning on June 1. Initial ramp-up of the pick-up service is limited to print resources from the Central and Divinity libraries that are not available electronically from any source. Pick-up of resources from other libraries and offsite storage is being planned and will be available soon. Online requests are fulfilled by electronic versions of resources whenever possible due to health and safety concerns. Please allow 2-3 business days for fulfillment of physical item requests, as onsite staffing is currently restricted. Pick up is by appointment only outside the 21st Avenue entrance to the Divinity library. To initiate a pickup request, please navigate to the catalog record of the print material you wish to receive, sign in, then click on the book pick up link. Requested item[s] will be in an envelope or bag marked with your name and placed on a table at the pick-up site five minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.
How do I access library databases from home?
If you need to access a database from off-campus, use the Libraries' Databases A-Z page to get the proper log-in. You can search for databases by name or subject. Once you have found your database, you will have to login with your VUNet ID and password to be authenticated for access.
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.
How do I return my interlibrary loan items?
You may return your interlibrary loan material by either mailing it to the libraries at: Vanderbilt Libraries, 419 21st Ave S Nashville TN 37203 or putting the material in one of the bookdrops outside of the libraries.