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Black History Month & Other Celebrations at the Library

The library recognizes monthly celebrations to increase awareness of important issues and celebrate diversity by displaying books and other materials related to these topics. These collections can be found on our  second floor display shelves and the DVD displays on the first floor.

February is National Library Lover’s month, so come to the Thigpen Library and celebrate with us! Read one of our Browsing books for fun or check out one of our popular movies on DVD; curl up with one our graphic novels; visit our Silent Study room for a quiet place to study for that big test.

Library Lover's Month

To celebrate Black History Month, read the book, Hidden Figures:  The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race or check out the movie! American Heart month is celebrated in February as well.  Do you know the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke?  Read up on the subject in one of our American Heart Month display books.

Black History Month book display

Black History Month DVD display

Some of our past monthly displays have been about LGBTQ history, Autism, Aids Awareness, and Native Americans.  Be on the lookout for a Women’s History month display in March. Don’t just rely on calendars to tell you what month it is; take a look at our displays for inspiration on your next great read or movie.

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.

[highlight background=”” color=””]Why are these differences important to understand?[/highlight]

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.