New and EXTENDED for Fall 2018!

New spaces, new schedule, and more!

Extended Hours!

Giraffe with clock showing 9:30pm to indicate extended hours
Regular library hours are being extended until 9:30p.m. on Mondays & Tuesdays in fall 2018!

Thigpen Library in Gallatin is staying open for extended hours on a two-night weekly basis this fall. What does this mean?

On Mondays and Tuesdays, the library will stay open for extended hours: from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

We’re open regular hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays: 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Also per usual, we’ll be open Fridays from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

There are exceptions to this schedule during fall break and holidays. Here are all of the library’s operating hours for fall 2018.

New Spaces!

Returning and new students who visit Thigpen Library in Gallatin will be happy to learn that two (2) new individual/group study rooms and a new “student lounge” area were created this month.

A study room with desks for 2 people.
This study room provides desks so 2 students can study separately while sharing the space together.

The space incorporates a large project table, too. Project supplies can be checked out from the “ASK” service desk.

project supplies
Bucket of project supplies is available to check out @Gallatin.
student lounge area
Student lounge area: project table is at far right.

24/7 Chat?

Yes, it’s true! You can chat with a professional librarian 24/7 to obtain research assistance and get answers to all things “Library” (see below for what that means). Text us 24/7, too: 615-956-2275 aka 2ASK. Go old school and call us whenever the library is open: 615-230-3400; drop us an email at any time, too.

Ask a librarian service provides 24/7 chat and text

Timely to note that a library is not a bookstore. Please direct your textbook purchase/rental inquiries to the VSCC Bookstore directly.

In fact, your Thigpen Library is proud that we’re not a bookstore. Why? We don’t sell anything: we lend everything for free, including books as well as calculators, noise-canceling headphones, laptops, Audio-Visual equipment, and more. More importantly, we spend lots of money on databases to provide 24/7 online access to millions of articles & hundreds of thousands of ebooks in full text to VSCC employees and students. So, we’re proud to be able to remove $ as a barrier to information access through library resources and services.

Chat and text services provide you with the assistance you need to:

  • choose and search databases effectively for information
  • identify physical items that you can borrow and use (including some textbooks that your professors put on “course reserve” for short-term access)
  • learn about library services, such as interlibrary loan
  • learn about library spaces available for group or individual study.

 

Fun fact: 3:00AM is the only hour without a chat or text inquiry since the service started in July 2017!

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)

National Library Week is April 8-14

Did You Know?

Thigpen Library has….

  • 45,907 books
  • 202,365 eBooks
  • 1,818 DVDs
  • 158,197 streaming videos & other media
  • 35,424 electronic journals, newspapers, & magazines

In 2017, Thigpen Library checked out 9,438 items to students at Gallatin, Highland Crest, Livingston, and Cookeville!

Help Thigpen Library Celebrate National Library Week!

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

Celebrations during National Library Week include: National Library Workers Day, celebrated the Tuesday of National Library Week (April 10, 2018), a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers; National Bookmobile Day, celebrated the Wednesday of National Library Week (April 11, 2018), a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities; and Take Action for Libraries Day, a national library advocacy effort observed on the Thursday of National Library Week (April 12, 2018).

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee’s goals were ambitious. They ranged from “encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time” to “improving incomes and health” and “developing strong and happy family life.”

In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!”

National Library Week was observed again in 1959, and the ALA Council voted to continue the annual celebration. When the National Book Committee disbanded in 1974, ALA assumed full sponsorship.

Stop by the library to say “Thank you!” to your library staff today!