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HART 3810W Exhibiting Historical Art-Vanderbilts Gilded Age-Murphy: Finding Books in Library Catalog


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What's This Number?

Need help making sense of the Call # you found in Library Catalog?  or where to find the book in the library? 

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Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings

Try a SUBJECT begins with search using one of the Library of Congress Subject Headings listed below:

Art and Society                  Architecture, America, History

Biltmore Estate                  Architecture--United States 

Hunt, Richard Morris       Patronage

Architecture American     Vanderbilt, Cornelius


HathiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust has created the Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), which will allow Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff online reading access to materials that Vanderbilt Libraries own in print during this period of remote teaching, learning, and research. Access is available until further notice. 

**The print editions of books made available through HathiTrust ETAS will not be available for check out for the duration of our participation in the service.


Connect to books in HathiTrust directly from the Library Catalog:

Screenshot - Links to HathiTrust Books in Library catalog Record.

Users need to click on the yellow Log in button and choose Vanderbilt University as their institution and then login with their VUnet ID and password to gain access.

Screenshot: Log in button to access electronic content in HathiTrust.

Click the "Temporary access" link in the record to access the ebook and don't forget to click the "Check Out" button!

Screen shot: HathiTrust temporary access link and ebook check out button.



Some caveats:

  • Not all print items available in our catalog are available in HathiTrust
  • HathiTrust is providing reading access to Temporary Access titles
    • The option to download the work in full is not available
    • You will be able to “check out” materials for a limited time (60 minutes)
      • There is an automatic renewal option available
  • Access to items is 1-1; 1 copy on the member library shelf, 1 individual access to the digital copy; 2 copies, 2 concurrent users of the digital item.
  • Print books made available in HathiTrust will not be allowed to circulate.
    • Please contact the library for assistance.

Browsing for Books-Print

Another option is to browse the STACKS for books.  The following call # areas might be of interest for this class.

 Art Books-Regular and Oversize books are located on the 8th floor of the Central Library.

Visual Arts (General)  N
Architecture  NA
Sculpture  NB
Drawing  NC
Painting  ND
Prints/Engravings  NE 
Decorative Arts  NK
Arts in general  NX
Photography  TR

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