Thigpen Library at night

Thigpen Library

Circulation Desk

To borrow items from the Library, please present a Vol State Student ID or Faculty/Staff ID card. Community patrons may present a valid Tennessee driver's license and fill out a form to borrow items.


Loan periods for materials vary depending upon your status and the material type. For the general collection, the loan period is as follows:

Status Loan Period Special Notes
Students 2 weeks 2 renewals
Faculty 8 weeks Exempt from fines
Staff 4 weeks Exempt from fines
Community patrons 2 weeks No renewals


Type of Material Loan Period Special Notes
Reference materials Library use
Periodicals Library use
Videotapes Library use 7 day loan for Faculty/Staff only
Reserve materials Varies
Browsing and Audio books 2 weeks


Type of Material Fines Maximum Fine
General Collection books, Browsing books, Audio books $.10 per day $3.50 per item
Reserve materials $1.00 per day $5.00 per item


Items may be renewed in person, by telephone (615) 230 - 3402, or online. To create an online account, please click on “login” at the search screen in the library catalog.


There are book drops located inside and outside the library. Please hand overdue items to a library staff person.

Laptop Checkout

Volunteer State Community College Library's laptop computers are available for use in the Library by current Vol State students. You must have a current Vol State Student identification card to check out the laptop computer from the Circulation Desk.


In the Thigpen Catalog search screen, click on “Course reserves”.  You can search by course name or instructor name. Follow the instructions on the screen.