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May I download Vanderbilt library e-books to my computer or mobile device (Nook, Kindle, i-Phone, etc.)?
Last Updated: Jul 23, 2020
Faculty, Staff, and Students
E-books are purchased from a variety of vendors. Some allow downloads as a PDF file, and some do not. Some only permit a download of segments or chapters at a time. Compatibility with e-book readers will vary.
Currently, many electronic books held by the Heard Libraries are not downloadable, but are readable in the browser using e-reader interfaces that each vendor provides as part of their online collections. Current Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff may use their VUnet ID and password to access and read these e-books. Using the Library Catalog search will provide links to all items from 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 (http://www.library.nashville.org/). Obtaining a Nashville Public Library card will enable you to "check out" downloadable books from the public library.