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Vanderbilt Libraries Support Remote Teaching, Learning, and Research

As we shift our priorities to remote instruction, the libraries are using this site to help keep the campus informed of new (and existing) services that support our mission. The libraries have long offered remote access to content and our Ask A Librarian remote reference service answers hundreds of questions each month. We are expanding remote services and responding quickly to requests for additional information resources.

As new services and resources are added, we’ll update this document and share information and research tips through the Libraries’ home page. We are always working to identify new ways to share the services, resources, and expertise in our libraries.

All libraries are closed; remote services are available.

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.

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.
  • In an effort to share information during the COVID-19  pandemic, many academic publishers are moving as quickly as possible to assist libraries moving to online courses. In some cases, they have made content free for all users and in other cases, they have removed user limits to subscribed access. When possible, we will make this content available for search in the  library catalog  or on the library  Database A-Z  list. However, please refer to  this list  if you are not finding a needed resource in the catalog or the database list. This guide 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 May 8, 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)
  • We will seek to fill outstanding requested as scans from other universities (if available). Requests for physical items will be suspended

Training and Workshops Migrate to Online

  • 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, contact Steve Baskauf.
  • Providing online training for working remotely Contact VUIT, or LTDS
  • Teaching and learning online training from a distance, using effective information resources, should consult Telecommuting and Remote Work Information at Vanderbilt University IT or our guide to Technology in the Libraries for available tools.
  • Tableau workshops will continue as planned, remotely. For additional information, contact Andrew Wesolek.
  • If you need an instruction session in your course, you can add your subject librarian to your Brightspace course or contact them directly.


  • 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.

Coming Soon

  • We will be expanding virtual reference services to include new synchronous and asynchronous modalities.
  • Several scheduled in-person events are being postponed or reevaluated to be conducted online. Additional information forthcoming through the Libraries


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 May 8, 2020, graduation day.

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.