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Books, articles, & more

The Vassar College Libraries contain more than one million volumes and many different types of materials. From books to videos to digital data sets to expert help, the Libraries have the information you need. 

How do I Find Materials in Discover or the catalog?

Use our Search Options guide for information about the best resources to use to find the materials you need.

Search Discover or the online catalog by author, title, subject, or keyword for books, government documents, journals, musical scores, audio recordings, videos and other items Vassar owns.

  • Tip: “author” is any name associated with the item: editor, translator, actor, composer, performer, etc.

Try Keyword first if you don't know what subject to search for.  Check subject headings at the bottom of the record to find other items on the same subject.

  • Tip: to get suggestions for alternate spellings use an Author or Subject search and not Keyword.

Identify the item's

  • call number (where is it on the shelf?)
  • location (Which library is it in? Which room?)
  • status (has it been checked out?)

Find it:

Items on reserve

Do you need to find materials on reserve? Faculty members set aside books and other materials for classes to use. These materials are in the library and their library location will be marked as "Main Reserve," "Art Reserve," or "Music Reserve" in the library's catalog and in Discover. Main Reserve items can be retrieved from the Main Circulation desk and Art Reserve items from the tables and study rooms near the Art Library Circulation desk. Music Reserve items are located at the Circulation Desk in the Music Library, Skinner Hall of Music.

ConnectNY and Interlibrary Loan

If the material you need is not here, you can request it via Interlibrary Loan. ConnectNY will send materials quickly to Vassar, but other options are available.

More than just books

Learn more about the types of materials you can find at the Libraries:

Printed material

Printed materials -- books, journals, more. Start your search with Discover or the catalog.

Music scores

Music scores -- find musical scores through the catalog

Video

Videos -- we have a robust video collection! Learn more and start your search.

E-books

E-books -- we subscribe to thousands of e-book packages. Find titles through Discover.

Government documents

Government documents -- Vassar is an official U.S. depository for government documents.

Music recordings

Music recordings -- find music recordings using the catalog.

Non-music recordings

Non-music recordings -- find interviews, commentary, etc., through the catalog.