Law Library Tour: Vanderbilt

What do law librarians do when they travel? Seek out the nearest law library for a tour, of course.

When some of the USC law librarians visited Nashville for a conference in April, a tour of Vanderbilt University’s Alyne Queener Massey Law Library was on the agenda. We could hardly believe how similar it is to our own law library, in so many ways, starting from outside the law school, to the law library entrance, and even the details of the study spaces.

The photos below aren’t an apples-to-apples comparison, because the Vanderbilt photos were taken shortly before exams, when library usage is mostly in-person, and the USC Law Library photos were taken in the summer, when library usage is mostly online.

exterior signage at the corner of the law school building

directory in the law school entryway

courtyard views just outside the law library

earplugs just inside the law library entrance

reading rooms with lamps and portraits

bookshelves full of case reporters

study rooms

study carrels

There’s more than one way to run a law library, but you’d hardly know that from these photos. It seems that we’re very nearly on the same page. Thank you to our friends at Vanderbilt Law for the tour!