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Jean and Alexander Heard Library System: 419 21st Avenue South. 615-322-2800.

The Jean and Alexander Heard Library System is comprised of eight libraries as well as Vanderbilt’s Special Collections and University Archives:

Among the top research libraries in the nation, Vanderbilt’s libraries are home to more than eight million items, including print publications, microfilm items, and digital collections, and provide electronic access to tens of thousands of full-text journals and more than 800,000 e-books and other research resources.

The oldest manuscript in the collection dates from c. 1300 and new publications are being added every day. Among the libraries’ expansive offerings are the W. T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies, a comprehensive collection of materials on Charles Baudelaire and French literature and culture; the Southern Literature and Culture Collection; Latin American collections for Brazil, Colombia, the Andes, Mesoamerica, and Argentina; the Television News Archive, the most extensive and complete archive of television news covering 1968 to present; the Revised Common Lectionary, one of the first published Web-based resources of scriptural readings for the liturgical year; and the Global Music Archive, a multimedia reference archive and resource center for traditional and popular song, music, and dance of Africa and the Americas.