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Happy Birthday Wikipedia and Creative Commons! Join the celebration of free information January 15th

January 2019 is a great month for free information. Public Domain Day on January 1st marked the first time in 20 years that films, books, artworks and more created in 1923 came into the Public Domain. Studies have shown that public domain books are less expensive, available in more editions and formats, and more likely… Keep Reading


Vanderbilt Libraries endeavors to offer the most up-to-date services to our patrons. As a result, our physical audiobook collection has been superseded by RBDigital, a streaming audiobook platform. You can stream the latest best-seller or a literary classic to your device without ever entering the library. First-time users will need to register for an account… Keep Reading

Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol Exhibit

December 18, 2018 – January 7, 2019 Central Library (Fourth Floor Lobby) Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an English novelist and social commentator.  During his lifetime, the intense popularity of his works transformed him into a literary colossus.  As a child, he was forced to leave school to work in a factory after his father was… Keep Reading

Art+Feminism topic of Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

In March, Vanderbilt Libraries will join individuals and organizations across the globe for a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon designed to improve content on feminism, gender and the arts on Wikipedia sites. Art+Feminism 2019 is in the fifth year of a six-year campaign that focuses on gender and non-binary artists and encourages new editors to participate, especially women… Keep Reading

Buchanan Fellows Presentations and Exhibit Opening Reception Tuesday December 4

Join the fun on Tuesday, December 4th as we celebrate the projects created by the Fall 2018 Buchanan Library Fellows.  Three Fellows worked with Special Collections and TV News Archive staff to produce documentaries about journalists whose papers are in Special Collections: Jack Corn, Jack Hurst, and Jim Squires.  The documentaries accompany an exhibition, The… Keep Reading

Japanese Bookbinding Event: “Can We Have It Every Week?”

On Friday, November 9, Central Library hosted a Japanese bookbinding workshop in the Community Room. The event attracted 62 participants – students, staff and members of the local community – along with many viewers.  The workshop began with a brief introduction to Japanese printing history from Bryan Lowe, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious… Keep Reading

Cultural historian Robert Darnton to speak at the Library

Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, Emeritus, Harvard University will be speaking at the Central Library on February 7th. His presentation entitled “Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Library’s Community Room, followed by a reception and book signing Professor Darnton is a Rhodes Scholar,… Keep Reading

Japanese Book Binding Workshop Friday

A hands-on workshop for students, library staff and the community will be held at the Central Library Community Room on Friday, Nov. 9, at 10 am and 11 am. Each session will last an hour; they are identical in content. The workshop includes two parts: A brief introduction to Japanese printing history from Bryan Lowe,… Keep Reading

Health Plus Hold the Stuffing Challenge at Central, November 9

Celebrate good health this holiday season with the Health Plus Hold the Stuffing Challenge. Here is how it works: Weigh in the weeks prior to Thanksgiving (November 7 – 21) and receive healthy holiday recipes and tips to help you celebrate good health. Return for final weigh-in (January 2 – 18). If you maintain your weight… Keep Reading

“Mary’s Monster” kicks off Frankenreads event at Central, October 28

An acclaimed one woman play, written by and starring Maggie Lou Rader, Mary’s Monster kicks off the campus-wide Frankenreads event. Watch the performance Sunday, October 28, at 6:30 in the Community Room at Central Library. On a dark night near the end of her life, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrestles with ghosts: her dead children, her… Keep Reading