Walker Library

Vanderbilt Library Access Cards

In an effort to provide access to additional library resources for MTSU students working on research projects within their academic field of study, the James E. Walker Library will allow MTSU students physical access to the Vanderbilt University Libraries.

The Vanderbilt Library Access Cards allow MTSU students free access to the Vanderbilt Libraries. This card is for access to the Libraries only and does not give the bearer any borrowing privileges.

The Vanderbilt Libraries are open to all visitors during certain hours of the week, and a special access card is not needed at these times. Please review the Vanderbilt Libraries hours information to determine whether you need to request an Access Card.

MTSU is a member of the Nashville Area Library Alliance (NALA), a library consortium that includes the Vanderbilt Libraries. The combined catalog of the libraries in NALA is called ATHENA and is available through the Walker Library’s Other Catalogs page. MTSU students, staff, and faculty may request materials from ATHENA or Vanderbilt’s catalog by submitting an interlibrary loan request. If the material is available from one of the NALA libraries, it normally arrives within one week. There is no charge for materials received from a NALA library. Graduate students should first utilize the MTSU collection and services (books, periodicals, electronic databases, and interlibrary loan) before requesting a Vanderbilt Library Access Card.

Procedures for MTSU students borrowing a Vanderbilt Library Access Card

  • Complete the Vanderbilt Library Access Card request form, available at the Walker Library Reference desk.
  • Take the form to the Reference desk. A Reference librarian must review the form with the student. The request must be signed and dated by the Librarian before it can be submitted to the Circulation Desk.
  • The completed form and a valid MTSU ID must be presented to the Circulation Desk. Vanderbilt Access Cards have a two-week loan period and may be renewed one time at the Circulation Desk.
  • Overdue fines for cards that are returned late are $1.00 per day not to exceed $25.00. If a Vanderbilt access card is long overdue, Vanderbilt will be notified and the card will be made invalid for entering the libraries.
  • The charge for lost cards is the cost of the card plus a $20.00 processing fee.
  • If the card is lost, please notify the Reserves Manager immediately at (615) 904-8544.