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.

Item Type Loan Period Renewals About Item
Audiovisuals 3 weeks Up to 3 times
Books 3 weeks Up to 3 times
Course Reserve Articles 2 hours within library only
Course Reserve Books 2 hours within library only May be borrowed for overnight use if checked out during last hour of full library services and returned during the first hour the library is open the following day
Ethernet Cables 2 hours within library only
Headphones 2 hours within library only
Historical Collection Materials Available for in-house use only Materials do not circulate but may be viewed and scanned or photocopied
iPads 24 hours Must be returned to an EBL staff member or security guard; under no circumstances should an iPad be returned through the book drop
Journals Available for in-house use only Materials do not circulate but may be viewed and scanned or photocopied
All EBL journals are in closed storage; please complete a storage retrieval request form to use this service
Laptops 2 hours within library only
Mondopad 2 hours (located in Room 204) Mondopad accessories available at the front desk
Reference and Textbook Collection Available for in-house use only Materials do not circulate but may be viewed and scanned or photocopied
Study Rooms 2 hours May be renewed for 2 hours if there is no waiting list Study room checkout is limited to certain categories of patrons; see our full policy for details.
USB Flash Drives 24 hours

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.