Renovation Photos Weeks 33-35

What a difference a few weeks makes!  The library renovation continues at a rapid pace.  Check out the latest slideshow of weeks 33, 34 and 35 of phase II of the renovation.  The library cafe and Community Room officially opened on January 25, crews have been busy landscaping outside and other finishing touches are being… Keep Reading

Library Cafe Opening

We currently expect Central’s library café to be completed toward the end of January.  The hours will be 3 PM to ½ hour before closing on Sunday, 11 AM to ½ hour before closing Mon. thru Fri., and closed on Sat.  The menu will include sandwiches, salads and a soup each day, plus various beverages. … Keep Reading

New Renovation Photos, Weeks 28-32!

Photos of weeks 28 – 32 are now available .  Take a look at the amazing transitions that have taken place the past several weeks as the new library cafe nears completion, Community Room furniture is delivered,  an electronic exhibit on the exterior of the building is installed, and the renovation project comes several steps… Keep Reading

Elevators in Central Library

The main elevators in Central will be undergoing some changes in the next couple of days.  The center elevator (Elevator #4) will become operational again for floors 4-8.   The elevator that covers levels 1, 2, and 4 (Elevator #3) will remain operational, and can be used in combination with the new center elevator to get… Keep Reading

Renovation Photos Phase II, Weeks 26 & 27

The newest set of renovation photos has been posted here.  Construction of the Cafe and Community Room is moving along at a rapid pace, with beautiful wood paneling on the walls, tile flooring installation underway in the cafe, and pendant lighting hung from the cafe ceiling.    Stayed tuned for new photos in the coming weeks! … Keep Reading

Library Exhibits Highlighted on Channel 4’s Better Nashville Program

Library staff Jody Combs, Assistant Dean for Information Technology, and Celia Walker, Director of Special Projects, were each recently interviewed for Channel 4’s Better Nashville program.  Jody discusses the library’s exciting new digital exhibits while Celia talks about the various objects on display in The Sixties at 50 exhibit, located on floors 2 and 4… Keep Reading

Renovation Photos Phase II, Weeks 24 & 25

A new slideshow of library renovation photos from weeks 24 & 25 has been posted.  Construction of the Cafe and Community Room continues and new paint has gone up on some of the walls, and finishing touches have been added to the Gallery and exhibit spaces.  Stay tuned for more updates soon and come by… Keep Reading

Renovation Photos Weeks 22 & 23

The Sixties at 50 exhibit installation, new signage, new HVAC units delivered by helicopter, and a completed 4th floor classroom in Central are just a few of the latest things happening with the library renovation.  Check out the latest set of renovation pictures in the newest slideshow.

Listen to Audio Podcast about The Sixties at 50 Exhibit

Celia Walker, Director of Special Projects for the Library, was recently interviewed about the Library’s new Sixties at 50 exhibit and the library renovations in an audio podcast.  A condensed version of the podcast will air on 97.1 WRQQ.FM at various Vanderbilt home football and basketball games, and is available now at

Sixties at 50 exhibition opens new gallery space in renovated Vanderbilt Library

“The Sixties at 50,” an exhibition of unique video, photographs and other treasures from one of society’s most significant decades, is now open at the Vanderbilt University Central Library and Special Collections. “With the beautiful new spaces and the libraries’ expanded exhibition program, we will become a destination for the community and visitors to Nashville,”… Keep Reading