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.
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.
“Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this mission.” – Toni Morrison (Source: IFLA, Quotes on Intellectual Freedom and Censorship)
Toni Morrison, the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, passed away earlier this week. Morrison provided insights into the experience of African Americans, as had not been represented before. Her novels often drew criticism, being deemed as “too explicit” or “not appropriate,” and often landed her on the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned and Challenged Books list. Morrison was never silenced, until now; fortunately, her voice will live on in her books.
Thigpen Library has many of Morrison’s novels available for loan, including Beloved, The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon, all of which frequently made the ALA’s Banned and Challenged Books list.
Did you know that a website can be officially authorized as credible? Read on before dismissing this assertion as a fake news story. Health on the Net Foundation (www.hon.ch) certifies websites that provide health and medical information. Websites affix the HONcode to a webpage to let you know it is “approved.” For example, go to the Mayo Clinic’s Diseases and Conditions page, scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see the HONcode. And Dr. Oz’s website? No code for him; however, give him credit for honesty since his site is clearly labeled: “This website is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.” So for credible medical and health information on the web be sure to look for the code. You can also use the foundation’s specialized medical search engine (HONsearch) to discover reliable medical information.