Welcome! My name is Frank Lester. As the political science subject specialist, I can help you find books and articles in your discipline, get comfortable with the use of online databases, and troubleshoot any general question you might have about the library and its resources.
You can schedule a research consultation by using the online scheduler in my profile box. You can also visit me in my regular weekly virtual office hours or send me an email.
"The Library" at Vanderbilt is made up of not one but nine libraries. Each library has a special focus and together they make up the Heard Library system.
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As a Vanderbilt student you can:
Locating Books in the Library
Materials are shelved by Library of Congress (LC) call numbers.
Click the link below for information on how to read a call number and locate books in the library.
Circulation and Loan Policies
See Circulation and Loan Policies for loan periods, renewals, and fines.
First, check for e-book versions of titles via the library's online catalog.
If you need a physical item but would prefer to pick it up without entering the building, you can choose that option from our catalog. Pickups are by appointment outside the 21st Avenue entrance to the Central/Divinity Libraries, outside the Blair School of Music, and at the front desk of the Eskind Biomedical Library. Please allow up to 3 business days for fulfillment of physical item requests.
The library collections contain both physical books and online books. Often we will have both a physical and online version of the same title. To tell which is which, look at the catalog entry. If the link to the book says "Online," clicking the link will take you to the online full-text version of the book:
If you see a link that says Central Library Stacks, that means the book is located physically in the library at the call number location specified in the entry. See the sidebar on locating call numbers for more info.
If there is a button, click it for links that will check for fulltext copies or to see if we subscribe to the journal title through Library Catalog, the library catalog.
If there is no button, look up the title of the journal or magazine (not the title of the article) in Library Catalog to find out whether or not Vanderbilt subscribes to it. If we have any online access to the journal (from another database), Library Catalog will have a button at the top of the record.
Use Journal Search to find print and online periodicals at the library.
Current issues of print journals and newspapers are available on the 6th floor of the Central Library in the Periodicals Reading Room.
This space is also a great place to study.