May I download Vanderbilt library e-books to my computer or mobile device (Nook, Kindle, i-Phone, etc.)?
Last Updated: May 12, 2016     Views: 913

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.   

Currently, 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 collection.  The Acorn catalog and the DiscoverLibrary database (both available at provide links to the Vanderbilt libraries' collection of e-books. 

Due to contract license restrictions, Vanderbilt alumni do not have off-campus access to most of the electronic books in the collection.  

If you are seeking fiction or other recreational reading, you may wish to consult the Nashville Public Library OverDrive e-books collection (  Obtaining a Nashville Public Library card will enable you to "check out" downloadable books from the public library.

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