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eBooks and Books: intro

info on Vol State eBook collections and free downloadable eBooks

stack of books Thigpen Library provides the Vol State community with books to support their academic needs and leisure reading. You can find books online in one of our subscription databases or on the shelves. Physical books on the shelves in Gallatin can be sent to any of our campuses. Interlibrary loan (ILL) is available when you cannot find what you need online or on the shelves.

This guide links you to our catalog to find physical books on the shelves and provides information on the available library subscriptions of eBooks. There are also links to resources for free eBooks on the web.

Finding books

This guide provides you with an overview of our eBook collections. You can also find eBooks via

  • A-Z database list includes all our eBook collections. Search by type of database to find those with eBooks
  • Research Guides frequently recommend eBook collections
  • Pioneer Search includes some eBook titles in an "everything" search. If you are logged in you can open the book from the catalog link.

Physical book titles show in the everything Pioneer Search but you can limit you search to only physical items by searching "In the Library." This is the equivalent of the library card catalog.

Textbooks for Vol State courses may be available for use in the library. The library does not purchase textbooks but if extra copies are available from instructors we add them to Course Reserves. You will find these materials when you search "In the Library."

Library Circulation info

The "Circulation" link takes you to a guide for information on library circulation policies, library resources, and interlibrary loan (ILL).

Ask a Librarian

 Stop by the ASK desk at your campus library (Currently not available due to COVID-19 closure.)
 Call 615-230-3400
 Email for research assistance
 Email with other library questions
 Meet with us by requesting a Research Consultation Appointment
  Chat service temporarily unavailable (email us)

About this ebooks guide

The purpose of this guide is to help users find books and ebooks through Thigpen Library  to support their academic, lifelong learning, and personal needs.