Winter break

The Winter solstice on December 21 launches the beginning of winter and the last day to visit Thigpen Library in 2018. Unlike Frosty the Snowman our return is definite. We reopen on Tuesday, January 2 at 8:00 AM and will be open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM until classes begin on Monday, January 14. Once classes begin the Library will be open more hours. Current Library Hours are always available on our website.

Looking for textbooks for your spring semester classes? You need the bookstore not the library.

De-Stress with Therapy Dogs at Thigpen Library

Animals are easy to love but did you know that animals can be good for your health? According to the National Institutes of Health, interacting with animals can:

  • reduce stress-related hormones
  • lower blood pressure
  • reduce loneliness
  • increase feelings of social support
  • boost mood
  • improve heart health

 

The end-of- semester crunch is stressful! That’s why Thigpen Library invites therapy dogs from the Music City Pet Partners to interact with Vol State students, faculty, and staff during Finals Week. This year, the dogs will be on campus December 3rd & 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Rochelle Center. Be sure to stop by for some dog therapy!

Source: The Power of Pets: Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interactions. February 2018, NIH: News in Health.

 

 

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!