Jean and Alexander Heard Library

Dear alumni and friends,

After a year on the job, I can report that the Vanderbilt Libraries are abuzz with activity. The past year has been one of change and transformation, with new faces, new library services, new spaces and new programs in all of our nine campus libraries. With the help of supporters like you, it has also been a year of continuity as we build collections, make resources accessible, and offer contemplative and collaborative spaces for research and study.

Though we may use new tools and innovative approaches, the best part of what we do remains the human interactions that take place among library staff, faculty, students and members of the community. The library is evolving, while remaining true to its essence as a place of information and knowledge, and working in partnership with those who research, teach and learn.

When people ask me if libraries still matter, I tell them about the remarkable things happening here, and I try to challenge their perception of the role of libraries. At Vanderbilt, the libraries are central to the educational mission. We teach students and faculty the skills they need to navigate the seas of information. We also bring great ideas to life with exhibitions, workshops, concerts, and even dances in the library.

We have all heard the old saying: “the library is the heart of the university.” I believe that—and I want everyone to hear the beat. Because you are Vanderbilt, I know that you support the life of the mind, and I hope you will enable it to flourish through the growth of the libraries.

I invite you to join me in making a gift to the Vanderbilt Libraries today. Your contribution is an investment in the acquisition and preservation of knowledge—and it is much appreciated.

Remember, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, but a librarian can bring you back the right one.”

All the best, 

Valerie Hotchkiss
University Librarian