Distance Education

Distance Education

How can I learn library research skills?

Iris is an interactive tutorial to help you learn library research skills.

Faculty may request specialized library instruction for their classes.

What library services are available through the Library’s web page?

The Library home page provides access to the Thigpen Catalog, electronic journals, ebooks, media, library tutorial, document delivery information, and lists library staff information and phone numbers.

The Thigpen Catalog provides access to books, periodicals, and media by keyword, author, title, and subject searches and indicates availability of materials. To request library books from the Gallatin campus, complete the Distance Learning Library Document Delivery form. Books will be mailed to your residence. If you have classes on the Gallatin campus, you can pick it up at the Circulation Desk.

eBook collections containing more than 60,000 volumes of academic books are accessible through the Library web page and through the Thigpen Catalog. These books may be read online and limited selections may be printed.

E-Resources offer convenient access to reliable online databases which contain full text periodical (magazine, journal, and newspaper) articles. Many databases contain full-text articles you may read, e-mail, and print. Bibliographic information is provided for citations.

Can I access online information resources when off campus?

All currently enrolled students and employees have access to the online resources from home. The login requires you to enter your VSCC student username and password/pin. If you need assistance, please call the Gallatin campus reference desk at 615-230-3405 or 888-335-8722 ext. 3405.

How do I access books and periodicals from the Gallatin campus library?

Books and periodical articles may be requested from the Thigpen Library collection at the Gallatin campus library or through Interlibrary Loan from other libraries. To request library books from the Gallatin campus, complete the Distance Learning Library Document Delivery form.

Books in the circulating collection and copies of periodical articles can be mailed to your residence. If you have classes on the Gallatin campus, you are encouraged to pick up materials at the Circulation Desk.

Talk with a reference librarian about your research and learn how to obtain the information you need. The Gallatin campus reference desk phone number is 615-230-3405 or if calling from outside the Nashville calling area 888-335-8722 ext. 3405.

A Gallatin campus reference librarian is available by e-mail (librarian@volstate.edu) during Vol State library hours of operation.

Do I need a library card?

The College’s identification card is used by students, faculty, and staff of Volunteer State Community College to check-out materials or request books from the Gallatin campus.

Use of a TALC library card offers check-out privileges at TBR/UT libraries. Contact the Gallatin or Livingston Campus library for a TALC card.

Do I have access to other academic libraries?

An agreement among participating TBR/UT Libraries, including Volunteer State, provides reciprocal library privileges for current students, faculty, and staff by use of a “TALC” card. Once issued, this card permits checkout of circulating materials at participating libraries subject to the rules and regulations of the lending library. A UT/TBR (TALC) library card application is provided online.

For further information, contact the Gallatin campus library at 1-888-335-8722 extension 3402.

For additional information about Distance Learning at Volunteer State, click here.