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Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries

Special Collections
and University Archives

Policies

Special Collections and University Archives is open to the general public as well as the Vanderbilt community. You will find links below laying out general policies in Special Collections, how to access our materials, requirements for the reading room, our collection development policy, and more.


Access and Use

Special Collections and University Archives is open to the general public as well as the Vanderbilt community. Learn more about general usage guidelines and access requirements. Read more.


Reading Room Guidelines

Special Collections books, manuscripts, photographs and archives have to be used in our Reading Room. Learn more about guidelines governing the use of these materials. Read more.


Collection Development Policy

Special Collections seeks to collect in subject areas receiving substantial and sustained attention within the University community, those representing ongoing departmental research interests, or those areas that are the focus of interdisciplinary programs. Learn more about our collection development policy. Read more.

 

Publication Policy for Library Materials

In most cases, Special Collections and University Archives owns only the physical materials and therefore does not assume any responsibility for literary property, copyright, or any other legal issues involved in the use of items in its collections. It is the responsibility of the user to secure permission from the appropriate copyright holder or to research the applicability of fair use rights. Any copyright infringement which may occur through the use of these materials is the responsibility of the user. Please contact the director of Special Collections and University Archives for additional questions about publishing or reproducing materials in our collections.

 

Rights and Permissions

Special Collections complies with United States copyright law and its applicable exceptions. Due to the nature of our collections, many of the copyrights to these materials are in the public domain, but others will still belong to the creators or their estates. Read more.