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About the Library - Payment Methods

Please pay for printing, access cards, overdue fines, literature searches, Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan services, or any other service at any Service Desk. We accept requisition forms (VU 1180 forms) and credit/debit cards (Visa/MasterCard, Discover, American Express).


The three multifunction printers/copiers on the first floor accept Commodore Cards and Guest Printing Cards. Money can be added to your card by visiting the Commodore Card Office, and Guest Printing Cards can be purchased at the circulation desk. Black and white copies cost $0.05 per page, and color copies cost $0.25 per page. Scanning is free on all machines, however you must have $0.10 minimum on your card to activate this feature on the multifunction printers. (Learn more about the library's copying machines and policies.)

Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan

When requesting DDS/ILL, you will be required to provide a method of payment. Departmental budget or credit/debit cards are accepted.

Eskind Document Delivery Service Fee
VUMC Users (current VUMC faculty, students, staff, PLP) $12.00 per item requested regardless of whether filled at Eskind or from another library.
Non-VUMC Users $25.00 + applicable copyright fees and delivery charges; orders accepted only for items in Eskind collection.

All fees are subject to change without notice. Normal delivery time for journal articles is 2-4 days; for books and theses please expect receipt in 2 weeks. (Find out more about DDS/ILL)


Payment for printing must be made via Commodore Cash or with a purchased printing card. Costs are $0.05 per side. A double-sided page costs $0.10 ($0.05 per side). Color printing costs $0.25 per side.

To avoid incurring printing charges: save your documents as PDFs to a USB flash drive, then send them via email, or store them online. Detailed suggestions for avoiding printing are provided on our printing page.

USB flash drives are available to borrow at the circulation desk for VU and VUMC personnel with library borrowing privileges.

Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff with Commodore Cards: Vanderbilt personnel with active Commodore Cards may pay for printing with Commodore Cash; this is the same system in place at other VU libraries. Money can be added to your card via the Commodore Card website (using a credit card) or in person at a card office; balances can also be checked online.

Eskind Library also sells copy cards at the circulation desk that provide $5 worth of printing. These can be purchased by credit card during full-service hours. Complete details on use and limitations of these cards are provided on our printing page.

Vanderbilt departments and grant/project teams:

Groups may purchase one card to share which will charge transactions to a specific account/center. Cards cost $10 each. Monthly spending limits can be set for the card. To arrange for this, a department administrator or person with departmental signature authority should email with the number of cards needed, account and center number for each card, and monthly limit to begin the process.

Guests - all other library users including patients and family members, students from other universities, non-Vanderbilt physicians, and purchased access card holders:

Individuals who are not eligible for a Vanderbilt Commodore Card should buy a Guest Printing Card at the EBL circulation desk. These are available in $5 amounts. They can be purchased by credit card during full-service hours. Complete details on use and limitations of these cards are provided on our printing page.

There are no refunds for lost or destroyed purchased cards.