Thanksgiving break – library closed

cornocupia with fall vegetablesThigpen Library will be closed for the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday. We close Wednesday, November 27 at 4:30 PM CT and reopen Monday, December 2 at 7:30 AM CT. You can always check on our current hours from the main page of the library’s website.

The physical library may be taking a break but the online library remains open 24/7. Databases, NoodleTools, and research guides are waiting to help you. Enjoy your break from classes.


Fall Festival & Food Day

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Please join us October 24, 2019 on the Thigpen Plaza for fun, food and a lot of festivities. Thigpen Library, along with many student groups will be on the Plaza from 11:00am-2:00pm. Stop by to spin the Wheel of Knowledge for chances to win FREE meals from Dairy Queen of Gallatin! Look for us under the blue canopy.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when we celebrate World Food Day and Halloween – the library has several displays with information on all of these topics. Remember any item on display is available for immediate check out! Don’t forget we also have a lot of great movies available through streaming services or on DVD.

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Image: United Feature Syndicate; Warner Home Video

As always, if you’re seeking information on any research topic or area of personal interest and can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, just ASK A LIBRARIAN for assistance.


Ask a Librarian 24/7 (yes, even when we are closed)!

Struggling at 2:00 A.M. with research for your assignment?
Panicking at 4:00 A.M. about citing credible sources in your paper?

No worries, just DM through Chat or Text us!

Any time day or night, research assistance is available from Vol State’s Thigpen Library website.

365 days/year     ~     24 hours/day     ~     7 days/week

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Whenever you use Thigpen Library’s online CHAT service or text your questions to 615-956-2ASK (2775), the first available librarian will answer you.

Use direct messaging via the Chat Now box to get assistance with:

  • Knowledge of library resources available to complete your research assignments
  • Tips to find & filter the correct sources that your assignment requires
  • Instruction using library databases to retrieve journal articles or the library’s online catalog to connect to e-books & streaming video
  • Help with the process of academic-level research
  • Search strategies including keyword & search term suggestions
  • Help evaluating a source’s credibility

Prefer to work directly with a Vol State Librarian?

The library offers one-on-one research help when you:

Need to borrow books, DVDs or technology like video cameras, graphing calculators, voice recorders or photo cameras?
Explore the host of services offered at Thigpen Library and all of Vol State’s campuses and sites!

Updated posting 9-30-2019, previously published by L Sheets 8-25-2017.

RIP Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, Acclaimed Author, Dies at 88

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“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.

  • Submitted by Teri Terranova