Help the Central Library Name Its New Cafe

In 2010 the Central Library underwent an extensive renovation that repurposed a number of spaces to address student, faculty, and alumni needs. Among those spaces is our new café, housed on the south end of the Library’s fourth floor. The adjoining wireless terrace, complete with covered tables and chairs, has a relaxing view of the Library Lawn. The café opened at the end of January to enthusiastic customers. It is open from 3 PM to ½ hour before closing on Sunday, and 11 AM to ½ hour before closing Monday thru Friday. The menu includes sandwiches, panini, salads, soups, plus desserts and various beverages. The café accepts the VU meal plan, meal money and cash. If you have questions about the café, just ask one of the café’s friendly staff or visit

Now we need your help. The Library is asking the Vanderbilt community to help us name Central Library’s new café. Vote here for your favorite. The link will be active until April 1. The winning name will be announced in our fall 2011 library newsletter, the Acorn Chronicle.

Photo courtesy Jon Erickson

Music Library announces Saturday hours and extended finals week hours

The Music Library will be open three Saturdays in April from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. to give students extra time to use the music library resources and study for final exams:

Saturdays April 2, 9, and 16: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The music library will offer these additional hours during finals week:

Friday, April 29: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, April 30: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dale Cockrell featured speaker at Peabody Library Fireside Chat

On Feb. 23rd from 12-1 PM at the Peabody Library Fireside Room, Dale Cockrell, Blair School of Music faculty member and founder of Pa’s Fiddle Recordings, LLC, will talk about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books that reference 127 songs and constitute one of the best and most detailed memoirs of music-making in 19th century families. Dale will also discuss Pa’s Fiddle Recordings, a record label devoted to producing scholarly-informed-but-fun recordings that feature Nashville musicians. This is a free event and open to all.

Library co-sponsors lecture

The Vanderbilt Library will co-sponsor a presentation by Dr. Richard Arum (Professor of Sociology & Education, New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development), “Undergraduate Learning and Post-College Outcomes: Findings from the College Learning Assessment Longitudinal Project.” The event will be held in the Community Room on the fourth floor of the Central Library.

( More about the event )