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Eskind Biomedical Library – Home to VUSM

Posted by on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in In My Life, Spring 2020 .


  • Originally built in the early 1990s
  • Renovated in 2017-2018 with a $6 million gift from the Annette and Irwin Eskind family
  • Meets Americans with Disabilities standards and LEED Silver certification standards

From 1977-2018 Light Hall served as the medical education building for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. That changed in July 2018 when the Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center opened after a yearlong, $12.9 million renovation that signaled a major shift in where and how students learn and interact with each other and faculty. VUSM occupies Eskind’s second, third and fourth floors, which feature flexible, technology-enhanced classrooms, study spaces, a lounge and a rooftop patio as well as offices for administrators and staff. The ground and first floors are dedicated to library space. The medical education areas were specifically designed to support the hands-on, team-based learning of the school’s Curriculum 2.0.

+ Photography by Anne Rayner