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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 27, 2022     Views: 1444

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 Search tool 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 (  Obtaining a Nashville Public Library card will enable you to "check out" downloadable books from the public library.

Answered By: Ask A Librarian