College Success @ Your Library

display of books related to college success
Books related to college success are available from Thigpen Library in Gallatin’s 2nd floor display

Thigpen Library is available to help you be successful!

Welcome – and welcome back – to all of Vol State’s students enrolled for fall semester classes. Here are some ways that the library can be of service to your successful academic pursuits.

Vol State Student ID = Your Library Card

Bring it with you to check out materials and study rooms. If you forgot it that day? We can also accept an official, state-issued, photo identification card.

Textbooks are available for in-library use.

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.

Research Consultations

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.