A recent addition to the reading room of the Law Library is a portrait of its namesake, Alyne Queener Massey. The portrait was painted by renowned American artist Aaron Shikler. Among his many portrait credits are the official presidential portrait of John F. Kennedy, the official White House portraits of Jacquelyn Kennedy and Nancy Reagan. The University's official portrait of Chancellor Alexander Heard, which hangs in Kirkland Hall, is also by Mr. Shikler.
Mrs. Massey was a community leader and philanthropist who was infinitely generous with her time and talents, her intellect, her hospitality, her humor and her loving support of family and friends. This includes her generous support to the Law Library which bears her name. Mrs. Massey's generous spirit has enabled us to build a world-class law library collection worthy of her name, benefiting not only the Law School and the Vanderbilt community, but also the city of Nashville and state of Tennessee.
With a collection of over 600,000 volumes and access to leading legal electronic resources, the Alyne Queener Massey Law Library supports the curriculum, the research interests of the students and faculty, and the editorial needs of three student publications. The library is also a select depository for U.S. government documents. As part of Vanderbilt University's Jean and Alexander Heard Library, the Massey Law Library provides access to a broad range of non-legal resources, including business, science, and medical publications.