West Side Row: Vanderbilt’s First Dormitory

Written by Elizabeth Mosiman When Vanderbilt University first opened in 1875, students lived in university-approved boarding houses near campus. The closest the university came to having a dormitory was Wesley Hall – a former boarding house – which served multiple purposes: housing faculty and divinity students; providing classroom space for lectures; and serving as a… Keep reading

Mechanical Engineering Hall: Teaching Engineering in the Age of Steam

A new exhibition highlighting the history of Mechanical Engineering Hall is now on display in the Special Collections Library.    When Vanderbilt University opened in October 1875, classes and laboratories were all housed in College Hall, now known as Kirkland Hall.  By the mid-1880s, the engineering department had outgrown their facilities in College Hall and… Keep reading

Represent Your Library for #NationalLibraryWeek

Happy National Library Week! We have collected favorite images of our libraries across campus for you to use for your next Zoom meeting background. Click on the images below, then right click and save it to use! Represent your library! Here are additional instructions for creating a Zoom background.

Curator’s Talks: Spring 2020

Join the Special Collections Library for fascinating talks this semester led by librarians, archivists, and curators. Topics this fall will range from Cuban publishers to the history of paper making. The talks take place monthly in the Special Collections Reading Room on the second floor of the Central & Divinity Libraries building on the first… Keep reading

Python, R Studio, and ArcGIS lessons starting soon

During Spring 2020, the library’s Digital Scholarship and Communications (DiSC) office will be offering a series of workshops in Python, R and R Studio, and ArcGIS. Learn more about these and other offerings on our workshops page. Python Do you have a project where a Python script would help you get the job done? These… Keep reading

DISC Workshops