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History Resources: Books

Locating Books and Call Numbers

Most books that deal with historical topics are shelved in the Central Library. The catalog shows the book call number and location. 

A book that is CHECKD-OUT may be recalled, once you login with your VUnet ID, by clicking on the Request link in the "Get It" section, near the middle of the catalog record. You will be notified when the recalled item is available for your use.

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

Book Catalogs

HathiTrust Digital Library includes full-text of materials, many out of copyright (1923 or before), and records of later materials to the Vanderbilt community from the a partnership of major U.S. academic and research libraries.

Google Books. Searches the full text of books and selected magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition, and stored in its digital database. Most titles are no longer in print or commercially available.

Center for Research Libraries (CRL). A consortium of North American libraries that acquire and preserve newspapers, journals, documents, archives, etc. CRL holdings can be borrowed for extended periods via Interlibrary Loan.


Materials Beyond Vanderbilt


WorldCat contains more than 125 million records describing items owned by U.S. libraries and libraries around the world.  

These items include books, manuscripts, musical scores, films, newspapers, etc.

Use to locate Vanderbilt holdings or request from Interlibrary Loan.