Crunch Time at Thigpen Library

Stressed out about the end-of-semester crunch?

We know the end of the semester is a stressful time. Luckily, Thigpen Library can help with those final papers and presentations and even provide a bit of well-deserved relaxation!

Research Assistance

Librarians help you navigate the library’s resources and find great sources for your papers. Every topic is different, so be sure to talk to a librarian one-on-one about your individual topic. There are several ways to get research help:

  • In-person @ Thigpen Library
    • M: 8:00-8:00
    • T-R: 8:00-6:00
    • F: 8:00-4:00
  • Call us @ 615-230-3400 during the hours above
  • Email: librarian@volstate.edu
  • Chat with a librarian 24/7
  • Text with a librarian 24/7: 615-956-2275

Are you a student at Cookeville, Livingston, or Springfield? We have library specialists there, too! See the Cookeville, Highland Crest, and Livingston Library Sites Guide for research assistance availability.

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Research Guides

Do you ever wish you had your own personal guide to navigate the library’s resources? Research Guides can give you a jump-start on that research project or assignment. Guides are created by Vol State librarians and recommend library resources and web resources for any subject, including citations! See the full list of Research Guides available on the website.

Practice that Presentation

You may know about the library’s group study rooms but did you know we have a room dedicated to practicing presentations and speeches? The Practice Presentation room includes technology for recording your speeches to improve your performance. To reserve the Practice Presentation Room, email circulation@volstate.edu

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Borrow Materials from Other Libraries through Interlibrary Loan

The end is near!  (The end of the semester, that is.) Maybe you’re procrastinating on doing research for your final paper.  If so, now is the time to start looking for sources.  Thigpen Library has vast amounts of books and articles.  However, there may be that one item you need that could be the difference between an A+ and an A-.  We can request books or articles from another library but it may take a week or two, especially for books.  Thus, time is of the essence.  For more information, or to request a book or article, see the Interlibrary Loan page on the library’s website.

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Take a breather!

The library has a great collection of popular DVDs and books! Stop by the first floor of the library to take a break from studying with a movie or a fun, easy read.

Popular DVDs are on display 1st floor of the library

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If all else fails….

Do you just need a quiet place to rest your head between classes? We have those too!

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Library Haiku

A SOURCE, OF COURSE

Lost while researching

Worry not for we are here

Thigpen saves the day

Librarian helping student at Reference Desk

GEEK SEEK

Technology trends

The cutting edge we are there

See library friends

Go Pro Camera

Bibliophiles Paradise

A book you must have

Read for study or pleasure

Our stacks you should browse

Student browsing book stacks

Groupies

Need study as group

The “Big Ask Desk” you should seek

A room we shall grant

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Gimme a break!

Do you need a well-deserved break?

Fall Break is quickly approaching! After weeks of diligently studying and attending classes, Fall Break is in sight. During the busy semester, it is often difficult to find time for leisure activities. When is the last time that you took time for yourself to read a good book or watch a movie? The well-deserved upcoming Fall Break may be the time to do something for yourself and make time to relax.

Did you know that the library offers leisure materials for you to check-out? The Thigpen Library has popular DVDs, popular fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks on CD and other resources available to you. All of our leisure materials are located on the 1st floor of the library. If you need assistance locating an item, please ASK for assistance.

Popular DVDs are on display 1st floor of the library
Popular DVDs are on display 1st floor of the library

Popular DVDs

A wide variety of Popular DVDs are available for check-out and include recent releases, box-office favorites, award winning films, as well as classics. The library is proudly able to provide a wide variety of cinematic entertainment for your viewing pleasure. You will find a diverse selection of movie genres including Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Westerns, and so on. We offer a wide-ranging collection of feature-length films that will appeal to an assortment of preferences. Also, we welcome you to recommend titles for consideration to be added to the collection.

You may borrow 2 DVDs at a time. This limit allows more people the opportunity to enjoy the DVD collection. DVDs may be checked out for 7 days with no renewals. Remember, you will be charged a $1 per day late fee if the DVD is not returned by the due date. So, please return the DVDs on time so others can enjoy the movies.

Popular  & Fun Fiction

The Browsing Books Collection includes an assortment of recent popular fiction and non-fiction titles. The collection is always growing, with new numerous new titles being added each month. Books can be checked out for 2 weeks with a limit of 2 items at a time.

Popular Fiction books on display, including NEW ARRIVALS
Popular Fiction books on display, including NEW ARRIVALS
More Popular Fiction books
More Popular Fiction books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a long commute or simply prefer audiobooks?  Stop by and see what audiobook titles are available. The audiobook collection receives new titles every 3 months, with 20 new titles added in September. Browsing audiobooks can also be checked out for 2 weeks, with a limit of 2 audiobooks at a time.

 

Audiobooks on CD
Audiobooks on CD

While Fall Break is the perfect time to enjoy relaxing activities, the library leisure materials are available to you year-round. If you are already in the library studying or doing class work, take a quick break and check-out a board game (2-hour checkout) to play with friends or check-out a Frisbee and go outside to get some fresh air and enjoy our lovely campus. Need to relieve some stress? Enjoy using our coloring materials. Coloring sheets with crayons or coloring pencils are readily available. After a busy day or week, stop by the library to check out a movie or book to enjoy later in the evening or over the weekend. The library not only offers resources to help you succeed in your academic endeavors, but also offers leisure materials when you need a well-deserved break.

Happy Fall Break!

 

Games available for check-out
Games available for check-out
Coloring sheets with crayons/coloring pencils
Coloring sheets with crayons/coloring pencils

Need a book to support your research?

The Thigpen Library has lots of academic-related books to support your research assignments.

Some books are physical, print books; there are 43,000+.  Other books are ebooks (electronic books); as a Vol State student, you have access to 150,000+ ebooks.  All of the books (physical and ebook) are listed in the Library Catalog.

When you search the Catalog and find a print book you want to examine, give the reference librarian the call number of the book(s) and books will be retrieved from the 2nd floor [a special service during construction].  If you’re an off-campus or online student, a book can be mailed to you.  You’ll need to complete and submit the Distance Learning Library Document Delivery form at  http://www.volstate.edu/Library/DLBookRequest_form.php

The title you’ve located in the Catalog is an ebook.  What to do?  Whether you’re in the Thigpen Library or off-campus, when you find an ebook title in the Catalog, simply click on the title. You can open, read, and even print up to 60 pages of an ebook from a computer.  It is possible to download an ebook to your personal computer or device when you set-up an ebook account (no charge). The helpful eBook LibGuide posted at http://libguides.volstate.edu/ebooks gives lots of information on using ebooks.

Remember… a helpful librarian is ready to assist you with research.  Just ask, call (615-230-3405) or email:  librarian@volstate.edu.