Use Interlibrary Loan to request materials, including books and journal articles, that VU doesn't own. Turnaround time for delivery can vary, so plan that into your request. Get to the request form with the button below. Log in with your VUNet ID.
Your library account is your gateway for checking out, renewing, and requesting materials. Stop by the circulation desk at Central Library to get your Commodore Card paired with a library account. Log in to your account using the Library Catalog catalog by clicking the "Account Login" link. Once you are authenticated, you can:
Click the button below to access Google Scholar settings that are specific to Vanderbilt holdings. This link will take you to a Google Scholar search box automatically populated with the settings for Google Scholar when you are off-campus or when you have not previously signed into a Google account with the settings already specified. The page will link to VU e-journal content without any subsequent need to sign in.
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FindIt@VU provides a direct link from a database citation to the fulltext of the article (if available) and other supporting resources.
Some databases and publisher journal platforms to which the library has subscriptions are "findit@VU-enabled." Many of the records in these databases will display the findit@VU button . Click on the button next to the cite or the article link to see a menu with links to full text and other services.
The quickest way to get to the Central Library via The Commons is to take the pedestrian breezeway across 21st Avenue that runs along Edgehill Avenue past Peabody building. Follow the breezeway across 21st, take a right, and keep going along the edge of the Medical Research Building III until you hit the Science & Engineering Library. The entrance to the Central Library is roughly 100 yards north of the Science & Engineering Library. It's about two-fifths of a mile from the Commons to Central Library.
Congratulations on joining the Vanderbilt community -- and welcome to the Vanderbilt Library system. Get oriented to the library by visiting our website using the quick-access buttons below.
There are seven libraries in the VU system, including the main library, which is called Central (see the map on the right). The other libraries on campus include Divinity, Peabody, Music, Walker (Management), Law, Science & Engineering, and Eskind Biomedical. We also have an amazing Special Collections department (part of which is the Vanderbilt TV Archive). Each of the libraries has its own hours and borrowing policies. Check the individual library's website for more details, or ask a member of the staff there.
There are librarians who are experts in every subject area at Vanderbilt. Librarians work with your department and your faculty and with you to make sure that we provide the best and most targeted service for your research and scholarly needs.
You are also strongly encouraged to work with other subject librarians who have expertise in any interdisciplinary research you are conducting.
Here are several of the most important things your subject librarian can do for you to help you succeed:
Not all of these databases will have full-text for all articles. Click on the "FindIt@VU" button next to the article link to find out whether the article you're interested in is available in full text through the specific database you're using.
You can view these databases as a Vanderbilt student both on and off campus. When you're off campus, the database will ask you to login with your VUNet ID.