May I download Vanderbilt library e-books to my computer or mobile device (Nook, Kindle, i-Phone, etc.)?
E-books are purchased from a variety of vendors. Some allow downloading as a PDF file, and some do not. Compatibility with e-book readers will vary.
At the present time, many electronic books held by the Heard Libraries are not downloadable. However, current Vanderbilt faculty, students and staff may use their VUnet ID and password to access and read e-books from the Vanderbilt libraries from on campus or off campus. The Acorn catalog and the DiscoverLibrary database (both available at http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu ) provide links to the Vanderbilt libraries' collection of e-books, along with other books in traditional formats. Due to contract license restrictions, Vanderbilt alumni do not have off-campus access to most subscription-based electronic databases, electronic books, or periodicals of the libraries, although alumni and other library users are welcome to use these resources from within the libraries.
If you are seeking fiction or other recreational reading, you may wish to consult the Nashville Public Library OverDrive e-books collection (http://www.library.nashville.org/). Obtaining a Nashville Public Library card will enable you to "check out" downloadable books from the public library.