Doris & Harry Vise University Library

Vise Library

The Doris & Harry Vise University Library at Cumberland University is dedicated to bringing information and resources to the students, faculty and staff of the university.

Library Hours

Library Hours

Monday Thursday:  7:30 am -10:00 pm
Fridays 7:30 am - 4:30pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday
*If the university opens late or closes due to inclement weather, the library will do so as well.*
Borrowing & Renewing

Library Policies

Services & Information


Student Services


Faculty Services

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Room Reservation

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Off-Campus Access

Student Services

Ask a Librarian

Email: Ask a question by sending an email to Maximum turnaround time is approximately 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.

Phone: Front desk—  615.547.1299

In-person: Come in and see us at the reference desk! We are available to help you during all hours that the library is open.

Subject Guides

WorldCat/Interlibrary Loan

Articles and Databases

Request Library Materials

Students living outside of Wilson and surrounding counties (Davidson, Rutherford, Cannon, Dekalb, Smith, Trousdale, and Sumner) may request that library books, videos, and other materials be mailed to them at no cost. Return postage is the responsibility of the student. Materials are considered late and subject to fines if postmarked after the due date. For articles that we own, we will email or fax copies to you depending on your preference. Photocopies of journal articles do not need to be returned.

Please note that this process will take at least ten business days, so plan accordingly. Make a request by filling out the form below. Contact Amber McKee with any questions you have concerning requesting materials.

Materials Request Form.


Faculty Services

Classroom Instruction

The Vise Library staff offers individual and group instruction on the use of the library catalog and the many electronic databases that are available. This instruction lasts approximately 30 minutes and familiarizes students and faculty on how to search for books and articles. If you would like more advanced instruction tailored to a particular discipline or research project, this can be provided as well. Instruction sessions need to be scheduled at least two weeks ahead of time to reserve the room in the library and give the librarian time to prepare. Please be prepared to provide multiple options in case we are unavailable during your ideal time.

To schedule an instruction session, please fill out the Request for Instruction Form.

Professor Library Instruction Evaluation Form Please provide feedback on library instruction sessions via this brief form.

Borrowing Policy

Faculty may check out materials for four weeks and DVDs for one week.

Information Literacy

Definition: The Association of College and Research Libraries defines Information Literacy as the ability to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”
Mission: The Vise Library’s Information Literacy Program strives to promote lifelong learning by teaching the members of the Cumberland University community how to locate, evaluate, and apply information effectively.  We believe that information literacy is essential in the success of the student both in and out of the classroom.  We emphasize the teaching of concepts over skills to ensure that students may apply information literacy in all areas of their life.

  • The Vise Library’s Instruction Program will offer classes that support the curriculum of Cumberland University and foster information literacy as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries.
  • Librarians will promote information literacy skills by providing assistance in the classroom, at the information desk, in the library, and online.
  • Librarians will work with faculty members to determine the best way to incorporate information literacy into their courses and programs.

Information Literacy will be continually assessed and adapted to the changing needs of the University and new developments in technology.

Information Literacy Instruction

Test Proctoring

The Doris & Harry Vise Library of Cumberland University is pleased to provide test proctoring as a public service. Our policies are as follows:

  • Faculty of Cumberland University and its affiliates may have a test proctored free of charge.
  • There is a $50.00 fee for non-affiliated institutions to compensate for administering and returning exams. This fee needs to be paid prior to or on the day the test will be administered. The library is only able to accept cash and is unable to make change.
  • The library can only test a maximum of three students per session.
  • The library will proctor written, emailed, or online exams. The library is unable to administer national standardized tests.
  • Testing needs to be scheduled a minimum of seven days in advance to allow for scheduling of a proctor and to ensure that the library has a proper space reserved for the test.
  • Exams will be administered during the library's operating hours on Monday through Friday. The library will follow the university’s calendar for scheduled holidays, closures, or special events. Due to a significantly increased workload and usage of the library facilities by faculty and students, the library is unable to proctor tests during finals week.
  • Scheduling of a test is the responsibility of the examinee (test taker) and must adhere to the professor’s/institution’s date for completion. All testing must be completed 30 minutes before the library closes. Appointments can be made in person, by phone or e-mail. Our contact information is as follows:

Vise Library at Cumberland University
One Cumberland Square
Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 547-1299

  • The examinee should arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled test time. If the examinee arrives 15 minutes past their scheduled appointment, the proctor may require them to reschedule their appointment at that time due to the library’s work load for that day. This will be at the discretion of the librarian on duty.
  • The library reserves the right to cancel or change the date of any proctored test. In the event of inclement weather, the library will follow the modified schedule (or closure) set by the university’s administration. The library will contact the examinee to reschedule.
  • The professor and/or institution is responsible for ensuring that the examination and other required exam materials are sent to the library and that they have been received.
  • Tests, exam instructions, and verification forms must be received a minimum of 48 hours prior to the scheduled test date.
  • The examinee needs to provide all supplies such as pens, pencils, calculator, paper, etc. to complete the test.
  • Library computer settings may not be modified to accommodate an online test. The library will provide a computer that has Microsoft Word and Internet access.
  • For security purposes, software may not be downloaded onto the library computers.
  • It is the responsibility of the professor/institution to ensure that the computing resources are adequate for their testing purposes.
  • At the time of testing, the student must provide current photo identification (state issued driver’s license or ID, passport, military ID, student ID) and the name on the identification must match the name on the testing materials.
  • At the conclusion of the exam, the proctor will return the exam to the testing institution/professor via the U.S. Postal Service or as a scanned e-mail attachment for non-affiliated institutions. On campus professors may either pick up the completed test at the library or they may have the test returned via inter-office mail. The library is unable to arrange for UPS or FedEx pickup.
  • The library cannot assume responsibility for lost information on any electronic test that may result from hardware failure, server failure, power outages, or other unforeseen technical malfunctions.
  • The library cannot assume responsibility for completed tests that are not received by the testing institution. The test taker must contact their professor/institution to determine if the completed test was received.
  • To avoid being involved in the grading process and to maintain confidentiality, proctors are unable to grade tests upon completion.
  • The library is not responsible for the content of exams that are sent to us or for completed tests once they have been mailed.
  • The proctor will not monitor a student continuously during the exam, but will check on the student periodically.
  • Proctors will strictly adhere to all testing parameters set by the professor/institution. Any violation of the testing parameters or suspected cheating by the examinee will be reported to the professor/institution and the proctor will not verify completion of the test.
  • The use of cell phones, tablets, laptops, or other electronic devices are not allowed during testing unless it is part of the testing parameters allowed by the professor/institution.
  • As a courtesy to library patrons and staff, test takers may not bring children or other guests when testing.
  • Pets (aside from registered service animals) are not allowed in the library.

Please email to schedule testing.


Room Reservations

General Notes
  • Meeting rooms are available for impromptu group meetings when not reserved.
  • Some of the meeting rooms can be reserved by groups for up to three hours.
  • Meeting rooms can be reserved through the Library Information Desk. You can come by in person, call 547-1299 or e-mail  You will be asked the reservation time, number of people in your group, and contact information for at least one person. Room reservations must be made at least one hour in advance.
  • Reservations will be forfeited if the group is more than 15 minutes late.
  • The Library reserves the right to cancel your reservation if needed, but will try to contact you in advance and relocate your group to another room if possible. Administrative staff meetings and testing services have priority over all other reservation requests.
  • When using a library meeting room you are responsible for returning the furniture to its original arrangement if moved, and cleaning up all of your trash. Library food policies apply.
The Library is not responsible for belongings left in the meeting rooms or any other area.

Reservable Rooms

Non-Reservable Rooms

Off-Campus Access

For off-campus access to library resources, such as databases, please read the following:

All Users
Do not enter your full CU email address, only the username. For problems logging into the proxy server, please follow the instructions below. For all other proxy server support issues, please contact the by email at or by phone at 615-547-1299.


  • If you do not know your username and password, please visit the IT support website at for account setup instructions.
  • If you are unable to log into the proxy server, please visit the IT support website at and follow the instructions for resetting your password.
  • If you require assistance setting up your account or setting your password, please email

University Employees

  • Use the same username and password that you use to log on to your computer on-campus.
  • If you do not know your username and password please email to request your user credentials.


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