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Vanderbilt Libraries Support Remote Teaching, Learning, and Research

This page provides information about services and resources that the Vanderbilt Libraries are offering while physical spaces are closed. As new services and resources are added, we'll update this document and share information and research tips through the Libraries' home page.

Don't see what you need? Use the Ask a Librarian service to ask us! This service is monitored regularly, and we will respond in a timely fashion.

All libraries are closed; remote services are available.

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.

Faculty and staff may want to download and use Pulse Secure, the Vanderbilt VPN, to access resources from off-campus.

Existing Services

Vanderbilt subject librarians partner with faculty to support remote teaching. We are also working remotely with students to provide research support and to help them find online resources.

Remote Access

Remote Instruction

  • Librarians are available to provide digital research instruction, group workshops, and one-on-one consultations remotely.
  • Copyright clearance, copyright and fair use consultation, and licensing support for moving course reserves and materials to Brightspace, an online learning environment or video capture. Contact your subject librarian or the Office of Digital Scholarship and Communications (DiSC).  
  • Research Guides can be developed for specific assignments or courses and are already available for many subjects. These guides provide curated lists of resources and research tips.
  • For faculty: The Course Reading List Tool, provided by the Libraries and accessible through Brightspace, facilitates requesting content for a course. It is accompanied by a guide with a few short instructional videos to assist you. Requests can be for items the library already owns electronically, as well as new online materials to support the remote learning classroom.

Access to Resources

  • Remote access to electronic books, journals and databases
  • Interlibrary loan and document delivery service
  • Requests for ebooks can be submitted to this form.
  • COVID-19 guide for enhanced resource access: Many academic publishers are moving quickly to assist libraries moving to online courses. When possible, we will make this content available for search in the library catalog or on the library Database A-Z list. Otherwise, consult this guide, which will be updated as new content becomes available.
  • Access to Virtual Machines with software and library resources.

Digital Workshops and Consultations

For Information about scheduled events and cancellations visit the Library Calendar page.

New Services

Circulation and Renewals 

  • Due dates for regular loaned items due between March 8 and May 7 have been changed to September 4, 2020.
  • Items may be returned to the library via mail.

Interlibrary Loan and Faculty Delivery

  • Enhanced Interlibrary Loan services for faculty will now include scanning print reserves if texts are not already available electronically; for more information, please contact Robyn Weisman.
  • For students and faculty, when possible, ILL will provide electronic access to materials (scanning print materials on request).
  • If possible, we will request scans from other universities. Requests for physical items will be suspended.

Research Instruction and Copyright Assistance

  • Research instruction, group workshops, and one-on-one consultations: contact your subject librarian.
  • Copyright clearance, copyright and fair use consultation, and licensing support for moving course reserves and materials to Brightspace: contact your subject librarian or the Office of Digital Scholarship and Communications (DiSC).
  • Research Guides can be developed for specific assignments or courses and are already available for many subjects. These guides provide curated lists of resources and research tips.
  • If you need an instruction session in your course, add your subject librarian to your Brightspace course or contact them directly.

Instruction and Workshops from Digital Scholarship and Communications (DiSC)

  • GIS lessons will transition to one-on-one trainings and consultations with Stacy Curry Johnson. For additional information, training, or a consultation, contact Stacy Curry-Johnson.
  • Python and R Lessons will continue remotely. Both live and asynchronous options will be made available. Contact Steve Baskauf for additional information.
  • Tableau workshops will continue remotely as planned. For additional information, contact Andrew Wesolek.
  • For teaching and learning online training from a distance, using effective information resources: consult Telecommuting and Remote Work Information at Vanderbilt University IT or the Technology in the Libraries guide for available tools.
  • For additional information or specific requests, please contact


  • If you need to purchase multiple copies of ebooks for use in your online classes, we will prioritize their acquisition. Submit requests to the library reserve form.
  • We are examining print books that have been placed on reserve and will work with you to acquire e-book editions if possible.




Can the students keep the books they have through the end of the semester (and realistically through graduation)?

In order to accommodate those who are going home early but need to hold on to library books in order to finish a project, the due date for all regular circulating materials has been extended to September 4, 2020.

Will the library acquire online versions of books when available on request, or at least consider doing so?

The library provides e-access to many resources and is adding more daily. Please submit requests to subject librarians or via the purchase request form.

Can a research librarian be available over the next 6 weeks to help students trouble-shoot their specific problems?

Yes, students can still contact a librarian and receive one-on-one research help. They can ask a question through our Ask A Librarian service or by contacting their subject specialist directly.