Summertime & The Library Is Open

As the song is written, it’s “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…”* But for some of us, the academic year keeps moving right along with work, school, and study needs. Here’s a friendly reminder that Thigpen Library is open during summer months.

Thigpen Library in Gallatin offers in-person library services, access to the computer lab & printing, and group or individual study spaces as follows:

  • May Intersession  [Effective May 7-19, 2018]

Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday, Closed

  • Summer Semester(s) [Effective May 21-August 10, 2018]

Monday-Thursday, 7:30am to 6:30pm
Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday, Closed

Exception: Closed on July 4, 2018 for Independence Day

  • Summer Intersession [Effective August 11-August 26, 2018]

Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday, Closed

Exception: Open from 1:00pm to 4:30pm ONLY on August 17, 2018 (i.e. Closed from 8:00am to 1:00pm for Convocation)

Thigpen Library locations in Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield offer 15 hours per week of in-person library services  during Summer Semester (May 21-August 10) only. The sites’ library specialist schedules will be made available on this website closer to May 21; or, call your campus location‘s main number to inquire.

Thigpen Library's online library and chat/text
research assistance services are open year round
(24/7 and 365 days).

*Ella Fitzgerald sings “Summertime” from Porgy & Bess (George & Ira Gershwin)

March 30-31: Thigpen Library Is Closed

Please be aware that Thigpen Library in Gallatin will be closed on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 2018 for the holiday weekend.

Research assistance is always available 24/7 through our CHAT and TEXT (615-956-2275) services.

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Spring Break Library Services

Yes, Thigpen Library in Gallatin is OPEN during Vol State’s spring break week, March 5 through March 9, but operating on a reduced schedule: 8am to 4:30pm only. Note that we are closed on Saturday, March 10.

Our library staff in Springfield, Cookeville, and Livingston will be taking the entire week of spring break offContact the Gallatin library staff during this period: we’ll gladly assist you.

To help you plan each day, here are the VSCC Gallatin Library’s operating hours around spring break:

  • Friday, March 2: regular hours, 7:30am to 4:30pm
  • Saturday, March 3: regular hours, 8am to 4pm
  • Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 9: 8am to 4:30pm
  • Saturday, March 10: Closed
  • Sunday, March 11: Closed (regularly)
  • Monday, March 12: regular hours resume, 7:30am to 8:30pm

Will you be working on that research assignment as you sun yourself on a sunny beach during spring break week? Hopefully, you’ve planned ahead so that isn’t necessary. But, Thigpen Library is to the rescue!

Our CHAT and TEXT, (615) 956-2275 (2ASK), service operates 24/7 every day, all year! Get in touch to get the research assistance you need: Ask A Librarian.

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Bookstores and Libraries

What’s similar between the Vol State bookstore and the library?
What’s the difference between the Vol State bookstore and the library?

Key similarities include:

  • bookstores and libraries both make books available, including textbooks;
  • they both exist to support student learning needs;
  • they both provide you with excellent customer service.

Key differences include:

  • libraries lend resources at no cost to you;
  • bookstores rent or sell resources with a cost to you.

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Choose the right location based on the PURPOSE of your information need.

If you need long-term access to the resource, such as a required textbook for your class, then renting it or buying it from the College bookstore makes sense. You’ll be glad to have that resource handy when studying late at night or on a weekend; and, you can mark up your personally-owned, print books with highlighters and margin notes to help you remember key points.

If you need short-term access to the resource, then use the library’s resources for free. These free resources include more than 100 databases (access millions of e-books and online articles) plus more than 40,000 physical items that can be checked out for weekly periods. Too…

  • Thigpen Library does have some of your course textbooks (in library terminology, these are called “course reserves”): these textbooks are made available for short-term, typically 2-hour, check-out periods for in-library use.
  • Unlike personally owned resources, physical library resources are shared by many users so they cannot be highlighted, marked, or otherwise altered.

Were these differences intuitive to you? Great! Hopefully, this information will be helpful to anyone for whom these differences were never explained. We get a lot of bookstore inquiries at the library, so we know “the struggle is real” for some folks.

Never be afraid to ASK Thigpen Library for assistance. We’ll be glad to help you get the information you need, even if it’s the phone number to the Bookstore. Smile.

students are studying in the library
A group of students studying in the library.