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Hassenfeld Library: For Students

How Do I Search Vanderbilt's Catalog?

The Discover library catalog will help you locate articles and books at the Vanderbilt libraries. Discover searches all of the books in the physical collections at Vanderbilt's many libraries.

Discover also searches each library's web-access collection, including e-books and e-journals, though you must be on the Vanderbilt campus and at a library computer in order to view those sources.


  • Make your search as focused as possible.
    • Use the Advanced Search button next to the search bar to add more keywords.
    • Use the search filters on the left side of your results page to focus on a particular date range, subject, language, or location.
  • You may find it helpful to look at Vanderbilt's research guides to help you locate the best sources for your research.


If you have questions or need help, email Ms. Buxton (mbuxton@usn.org) or Ms. Pritchard (kpritchard@usn.org). If you are at Vanderbilt, any of the librarians on duty will be glad to help you.

This is a new program at USN, and Ms. Buxton and Ms. Pritchard would love to hear your feedback. Let us know what worked, what was confusing, and what we could do differently.

How Can I Take Out Books From Vanderbilt?

Watch the screencast below:

Or follow the step-by-step process outlined in the screencast above:

  1. Search the Discover library catalog.
  2. Once you find a book that you want, click the pushpin icon at the top of the record. You can continue searching and saving more book records during the same session.
  3. When you’re done searching, click the pushpin icon in the top navigation bar (next to "Sign in"). You will see a list of all the items you saved.
  4. Click the box at the top of the page that selects all the records at once.
  5. At the top of the page, you'll see an icon of the pushpin with a slash through it, and three dots next to it. Click on the three dots to bring up your other options, then click Email and put in your email address.
  6. When you receive the email with the information about the books you saved, forward it to Ms. Buxton or Ms. Pritchard.
  7. Ms. Buxton will request your books and email you when they arrive in our library. This may take two or three days.

Want to go check out books in person?
You must go with either Ms. Buxton or Ms. Pritchard. Email one of them to set up a time for your visit. Before you go, look through the library catalog and save the records of the book(s) you want to look for. Central Library is the biggest of Vanderbilt's libraries, so you will probably want to focus your search on the books that are available there.

How Can I Access Vanderbilt's Online Resources?

You must be on campus at Vanderbilt and using one of their library computers in order to access their online resources. Once you are on a Vanderbilt library computer, go to the Databases page on the Vanderbilt library website and click on any title to search within that particular database.

While you are on a Vanderbilt library computer, you can also look at e-books or e-journal articles in the Discover catalog.

When you find a useful article or source, you may email the article to yourself or save it to your USB flash drive. You can also print articles for $0.05 per page.

What Else Do I Need to Know About Vanderbilt?

When can I go?
The hours for all of Vanderbilt's libraries are listed here. Each library has hours when it is open to the public, and hours when access is restricted to Vanderbilt students and faculty/staff.

Which libraries can I use?
You may visit any library when it is open to the public. Most likely, you will be able to find what you need at the Central Library.

Where are the different libraries?
This map shows you where all of Vanderbilt's libraries are. The Central Library is closest to USN, across from CVS on 21st Avenue.

What should I bring?
Bring a USB flash drive if you want to save any materials from Vanderbilt’s online collections. You can also bring some money for the printer and photocopier, so that you can print out articles or photocopy pages from a book. Printing costs $0.05 per page.

What else should I know?
Be aware that you are representing USN, and be respectful of the space and the students around you.