Need to borrow books, DVDs or technology like video cameras, graphing calculators, voice recorders or photo cameras? Explore the host of services offered at Thigpen Library and all of Vol State’s campuses and sites!
Updated posting 9-30-2019, previously published by L Sheets 8-25-2017.
A fun, and informative, time was had by all who stopped by the Thigpen Library’s “Wheel of Knowledge” game at the Campus Resource Fair at the Gallatin campus on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Library workers became quiz show hosts as students spun the wheel and answered library-related questions. If the students answered the questions correctly, their names were put in for a drawing for two free movie tickets. The library workers/quiz show hosts were happy to see so many students answer the questions correctly. Congratulations to Sayuri Moraga, who was the lucky winner of the pair of tickets to NCG Cinema! We appreciate all who participated.
Visit the Thigpen lobby of the Gallatin campus September 23 & 24 for a jolt of java. Free coffee, courtesy your friendly Thigpen Library, will be served from 8:30 am – 10:30 am (or while supplies last). We want you to be alert so that you will not accidentally singe your eyebrows in chemistry lab or spend hours trying to figure the square root of Pi while worrying if you dangled your participle in English class.
Join us on September 25 at 6:00 pm in the Caudill Auditorium as author, Andrew Maraniss, discusses his biography of Perry Wallace, the first African American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference. Maraniss will recount Wallace’s courageous struggles he faced on campus at Vanderbilt and on the road at the hostile environments of other schools in the South in the 1960s. This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Athletics, and Thigpen Library. Refreshments will be served.
Banned Books Week
Did you know that there is an annual national event that celebrates the freedom to read? There are many books that are challenged by parents or patrons in school, public, and academic libraries, as well as bookstores. The week of September 22 – 28 show your support by reading a banned book and viewing our display in the Thigpen lobby on the Gallatin campus. Don’t know what books have been banned? Check out the ALA Banned Books list. Log into the Thigpen Library Catalog to search for banned books in our collection.
Thigpen Library is not only a depository of information but also disseminates cultural and social knowledge. Stop by and view our display shelves on the Gallatin campus to see what’s trending each month. For September, we have a display of Hunger Action Month in our lobby. Want a recommendation for a good book to read? We have a display entitled, “We are What We Read”, where Vol State employees suggest titles for your reading pleasure. September is also Classical Music Month; check out that display in the little cubbyhole on the second floor near the restrooms. Finally, if you want to succeed in college, we can help you with that. Take a gander at our “College Success” display.
Many of your course textbooks can be borrowed for short-term in-library use through a service called “course reserves.” These textbooks – and some DVDs – are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Present your student ID to borrow these items.
Your course textbook is not in the library on reserve? Please ask your faculty member to bring one to us. Your classmates will thank you for doing so.
Books, DVDs, and technologies are ready for you to borrow them.
In addition to our academic and literary titles, Thigpen Library in Gallatin’s print book collections include a small collection of popular books (e.g. mysteries, thrillers, memoirs, biographies) and a sizeable collection of DVDs (from Oscar winners to the Marvel series).
Phone chargers, calculators, cameras? Yes, we have those and other technologies, too.
At Cookeville, Livingston, or Springfield? Yes, yes we can deliver books and DVDs to you at those sites, as well as the technologies that aren’t there, already. We’ll even mail books and DVDs to students who take online classes only.
Study spaces? Yes!
From silent to conversational, individual study carrels to group study rooms: Thigpen Library provides you with the study environments you need to concentrate and collaborate.
Librarians are available to meet with you for individual research consultations at the library locations in Gallatin (main), Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield. If you want help broadening or narrowing a topic, finding appropriate sources, or other research-related tasks, please schedule an appointment with a librarian.
Research consultations are available through our drop-in service times, too – and 24/7 via chat and text. See “Contact“ information for details.
Psst! Helpful hint: libraries are not bookstores! What’s the difference? (Because they both have books, right?!) Answer: library resources are always “free” (zero, nada, or $0) to borrow for brief periods but bookstore resources are always bought ($) or rented ($)… If you need an assigned textbook for the long-term duration of your course, then the Vol State Bookstore is your very helpful friend (albeit with a cost): contact them.