Borrowing and Renewing

A Vanderbilt ID badge or other valid card is needed to check out library materials. Users can check out materials at any library Service Desk or via the self-checkout machine on the first floor. Non-Vanderbilt personnel should visit the Access page for further details about library access and borrowing privileges. Ask at any Service Desk if you have questions on how to get a badge or card.

Audiovisuals can be borrowed for three weeks and renewed 3 times
Books can be borrowed for three weeks and renewed 3 times
Course Reserve Articles can be borrowed for two hours within the library
Course Reserve Books can be borrowed for two hours within the library and for overnight use (checkout during last hour of full library services, due during the first hour that the library is open the next day)
Historical Collection Materials cannot be borrowed
Journals cannot be borrowed (see our online resources and remote access policies for online journals available 24/7)
Laptops can be borrowed for two hours within the library
Monographic Serials
(Item Type=PERI-CIRC)
can be borrowed for three weeks and renewed 3 times
Reference Materials, Patient Education & Textbook Collection cannot be borrowed
Review Books can be borrowed for three days and renewed 3 times
Study Rooms can be checked out for two hours, and renewed for two hours if there is no waiting list. Study room checkout is limited to certain types of personnel; see our full policy for details.

Renewing

You may renew your items online, at any Service Desk, or over the telephone. To renew your materials online, go to Acorn and log in to your account with your VUnet ID and password (Instructions on Renewing Materials in Acorn).

Recalls and Overdue Fines

You may recall items checked out to other borrowers. To recall an item, please click the recall this item button in the item's record in Acorn. We will notify you by e-mail when your item becomes available. If you have an item that is recalled by another user, you will have 14 days undisturbed use before the item is recalled and seven days to return the item after the recall notice is received.

You should return or renew borrowed materials on time. We charge fines for overdue recalled items and for overdue course reserve items. Additionally, we bill for items not returned or lost, and we also charge a billing fee. An accumulation of unpaid fines or bills will result in the suspension of library privileges and delays in the clearances needed before leaving the University.

Find out how to make a payment.