Thigpen Library’s spring break operating schedule is as follows:
- March 4, Open 8a-4p
- March 6-10, Open 8a-4:30p
- March 11, Closed
The word “library” is usually associated with stacks filled with books. Thigpen Library is proud of its 47000+ print volumes (with 300K+ online!) covering numerous topics of relevance to Vol State’s academic programs; plus, it offers a small browsing collection offers popular titles to satisfy leisure reading interests, including graphic novels and a rotating selection of audio books on CD.
What is the difference between a library and a bookstore?
Consider this: Thigpen Library goes beyond the book in terms of what it offers to support teaching and learning at Vol State. Let’s examine this idea further.
Whether you need a place to relax, use a computer, and/or study for your classes, Thigpen Library in Gallatin provides different spaces to meet personal preferences.
Space is more limited at the site libraries– yet, the rooms will, too, accommodate different user needs.
Thigpen Library supports Vol State students and employees regardless of site location or distance learning status with our services!
Need to create a video for a project or class presentation? Need voice recording equipment? Want to borrow a graphing calculator? Here’s a list of all the technologies we lend for free. If you take classes or work at the sites: although some equipment is available immediately, other items reside only at the Gallatin campus; simply request the technology you need to be sent to your location.
That’s right: if you need a book that’s not in Thigpen Library in Gallatin’s existing collections or if there’s an article that you need for your research that’s not available in full text from Thigpen Library databases, then we’ll try to obtain it from other libraries through our interlibrary loan services.
Students, are you wondering if your class textbook is available for check out? Check to see if it’s available from our course reserves collections. Need help creating citations? See our citation guide – or access NoodleBib. Do you want to find the best database resources for your topic? These guides are designed for you!
Are you a faculty member seeking to schedule a library instruction session? Need to borrow a laptop for a conference? Want to learn more about Open Educational Resources or find tools to help you navigate copyright & fair use issues? For all of that and more – see the Faculty Services guide!
For anyone at the Livingston, Cookeville, and Springfield sites, consult this information for services specific to those locations.
This page provides a comprehensive list of services. Perhaps our most important service? Research assistance: Ask A Librarian.
Thigpen Library is always interested in hearing from you. Tell us how we’re doing in support of your teaching, learning, working needs at Vol State. Is there something that you want us to provide that we’re not providing for you, already? Could be a service we might add, a new technology you want to check out, or a new space configuration that you would find helpful. We want to know! Contact us or use the feedback form.
FLIPSTER is back in another trial (through October 25 only), providing full-text digital access to hundreds of popular magazines. Check Flipster out today! Login with your My VolState / eLearn username and password.
Cookies must be enabled in order to use Flipster on a desktop or mobile device; this is a Flipster requirement.
To enable cookies on an iOS device:
1. Select Safari from the devices settings
2. Under Privacy & Security select Block Cookies
3. Block Cookies > Always Allow
To enable cookies on an Android* device:
1. Open a browser
2. Access browser settings
3. Allow cookies
*note android devices vary greatly, so these are general directions.
Please let us know if there are specific magazine titles available from Flipster that you’d like to access long-term by contacting Thigpen Library’s service desk (615.230.3400) or Sarah Smith directly.
Written by Julie Brown, Technical Services Librarian
Are you looking for a quiet place to study? Look no further. Thigpen Library can help you find that elusive, quiet place to study and do your work. The 2nd floor Silent Study Room offers the solitude you are seeking for quiet study in a comfortable setting.
If noise is ever a problem, please notify the library staff. How silent is “silent” supposed to be? The expectations of this silent study zone are:
• NO talking/absolute silence
• NO group work
• NO loud keyboard clicks/laptops on silent
• NO cell phones ringing (set phones to silent and take calls in the designated cell phone areas)
• No music (quiet music with headphones only)
What are the benefits of using the Silent Study Room? You will have a place to concentrate, problem solve and do other complex work in a noise free environment. The Silent Study Room is not only for Vol State students. A faculty member recently said that the Silent Study Room is a great place to have the needed quiet for grading papers without interruption.
The library also recognizes that the term “quiet” or “silent” mean different things for different people. Is the silence a little too silent for you? Do you need to work in a group or engage in quiet conversation? The library has a variety of spaces or “study zones” that are specified to different noise levels in an attempt to meet your academic needs. Please see the designated study zone signs placed throughout the library. The library offers areas for quiet study and conversation-friendly zones.
Also remember that Study Rooms are available for 2-hour check-out on a first-come first-served basis. As an FYI, the Study Rooms are not sound proof, so be mindful of noise levels and respectful of others using the library. In addition to the Silent Study Room, Study Rooms and a Practice/Presentation Room, you will find other areas for quiet study on the 2nd floor, including an abundance of tables and individual study carrels.
The first floor computer lab is, by nature, a busy area with lots of foot traffic and moderate noise levels. This is considered a conversation friendly study zone but the expectation is for everyone to be courteous.
The library is here to support your academic needs, whether it is a quiet place to focus without interruption or a place for scholastic conversation and engagement.
Always remember: if you need help, ASK. The library staff are here for you.