Monographs, textbooks, and other treatises serve to document information written in the field of veterinary medicine and related subjects. Books are arranged according to the Library of Congress classification scheme.
In the Flower-Sprecher Library books are shelved in two locations:
|A-K||Social Sciences, Law, Business|
|Q||Basic Science, including zoology, anatomy, histology, physiology, microbiology, and immunology|
The shelves directly behind the Circulation Desk contain materials needed for course use or which require restricted yet maximum access. Reserve books are arranged by Library of Congress call number and are marked by red spine tape. They circulate for 3 hours. Items taken overnight 2 hours before the Library closes are due by 10:00 a.m. the following day.
When new books are received, they are displayed on the "New Book" shelves for about two months. This enables browsing for new materials acquired by the Library for current awareness purposes and borrowing for two weeks. Each item is easily identified by yellow "New Book" label. You may browse through the new materials and borrow any item for a period of two weeks.
Reference books include dictionaries, directories, handbooks, drug sources, style manuals, and other volumes containing specific data or reference information. Materials in this collection are marked with green tape on the spines and are arranged by Library of Congress call number (e.g, subject). They do not circulate.
Examples of important items include: world almanacs; geographic atlases; zip
code directories; animal encyclopedias; biographical directories; list of associations;
English and foreign language, standard, medical and specialized subject dictionaries;
human and animal drug sources; and lists of medical and veterinary specialists.
If you need assistance in finding specific information, consult the Reference Librarian or ask at the Circulation Desk.
Casual Reading Books
A small collection of recent novels and other casual books in paperback form is available for leisure reading. Since no systematic selection is performed, the titles vary widely. These books may be borrowed on the honor system and do not need to be checked out at the Circulation Desk. Donations to the informal collection are welcome at any time.
The Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library is fortunate to have a number of historically significant early books relating to veterinary medicine and farriery. Some of these volumes were acquired by Dr. James Law, the first dean of the College. Additional materials came from the collections of John Busteed, M.D., founder of the New York Veterinary College, Dr. John Zuill, former dean of the veterinary department of the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Simon Henry Gage, Daniel Elmer Salmon, director of the Bureau of Animal Industry, and others. This early collection has been supplemented by donations over the years.
All of these materials can be found in the Library Catalog. They are stored in the Rare and Manuscript Collections in Kroch Library and do not circulate.
The Cornell University Library offers a growing collection of full text electronic journals. Among these are numerous veterinary and other biomedical journals, including such titles as American Journal of Physiology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and Veterinary Surgery.
All titles can be accessed from computers in the Veterinary Library as well as other locations on campus. Most are also available from off-campus using your netID and password. For assistance contact email@example.com or 607-253-3510.
Print Journals (bound and unbound)
Journal articles are the primary means of conveying scholarly research and clinical information in the biomedical sciences. In the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library, print journals are arranged alphabetical by title in several locations. Volumes from 1990 to present are shelved on the main floor.
If you cannot find volumes before 1960 in the stacks, they may be in storage in the Annex Library, a high density off campus storage facility. You can send a request through Document Delivery to have materials delivered to your desktop from the Annex for needed articles or you can have the complete volume delivered to the Veterinary Library. Verification of holdings and call number information can be obtained from the Library Catalog.
Recent issues of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Record are held on reserve to ensure equitable access. Ask at the Circulation Desk to borrow any of these volumes for 4 hour use.
Current Journal Issues
The most recent issue of important journals received by the Library are displayed on the racks in the current issue area on the main floor. This display enables patrons to browse through the latest issues for articles of interest. Each of the journal issues has a white sticker indicating "Current Issue". Current issues may circulate out of the Library for 24 hours only and are due back by 10:00 a.m. the next day. Older or previous issues are shelved in the adjacent periodicals stacks on the main floor.
Theses (MS & PhD)
The Library has a circulating collection of theses prepared by graduate students who earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in affiliation with the Veterinary College. All volumes have the call number, SF 610, and are shelved on the second level book stacks. Within that call number, the volumes are sub-arranged by year, then alphabetical by name. The loan periods are the same as those of regular books at 6 months or 6 weeks.
Fourth-Year (Senior) Seminars
Each year, the D.V.M. students give a seminar during their fourth year and prepare a written paper on a topic of interest, usually an interesting clinical case. Copies of these papers since 2002/2003 are available in eCommons.
The Library maintains a collection of recent ½” VHS videotapes. They are arranged by Library of Congress call number on shelves in the back of the reading room. Some titles may be temporarily held on reserve behind the Circulation Desk for course use. Videotapes can found by searching the Library Catalog or browsing the shelves. Videoplayback units are located in the Audiovisual/Multimedia area behind the photocopy room for in-house viewing. These tapes may be borrowed for three days.
CDs and DVDs
A number of titles have been acquired in recent years on CDs and DVDs. These materials are stored with the reserve items behind the Circulation Desk or shelved near the New Book rack. They can be utilized on library computers or checked out for short-term use.
A number of online bibliographic databases, including PubMed MEDLINE, CAB Abstracts, BIOSIS, and Web of Science are accessible for searching the biomedical journal literature. They can be searched from any of the public access computers in the Library. Many of these networked databases may also be accessible from offices and other campus locations as well as from home via Cornell’s Library Catalog.
Electronic journals comprise a growing collection of digital resources. These titles are searchable from the Library Catalog or from the E-Journal Title list and can be accessed from any computer on or off-campus (off campus users will be asked to authenticate with their Netid and password).
The full text of monographs and many reference publications are also included in Cornell’s digital library and can be accessed via the Library Catalog.
Consult the Reference Librarian or ask at the Circulation Desk if you need help in utilizing these digital resources. We can also provide advice on searching or locating appropriate materials and help in resolving technical difficulties should they arise in connecting to these resources.
Printed Indexes and Abstracts
Located in the rear of the Photocopy room, a number of printed index and abstracting sources are available for locating journal references. They are arranged alphabetically by title and the volumes carry green spine tape. Among the titles are Cumulated Index Medicus, Index Veterinarius, Review of Veterinary and Veterinary Mycology, Pig News and Information and Veterinary Bulletin.
Core Resource Collection (Open shelf reserve)
When the College implemented an innovative professional curriculum in 1993, the Library established a Core Resource Collection that includes multiple copies of heavily used texts. Similar to an open-shelf reserve, these books are conveniently shelved in the reading room and are arranged by Library of Congress call number (subject). All volumes on Core Resource can be quickly identified by the blue tape on their spines. They do not circulate outside the library. For more details, go to Core Resource Collection.
The Library subscribes to several daily newspapers. This includes The New York Times (excluding The Sunday New York Times) and The Ithaca Journal. Issues are generally available by late morning.
The current day’s issues are displayed in the current journal display area. Older ones are temporarily stored on the stand between the current journal issue area and the main floor periodical stacks. Back issues of the daily papers are discarded after about a week or so while the weeklies may be retained up to several months. For locating back issues of newspapers search the Olin Library Newspaper Indexes.
The Library has a selection of materials related to the history of the College of Veterinary Medicine in particular and veterinary medicine in general. Among the resources are composite photos of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine classes, informal photographs of buildings and people taken over the last 100 years, alumni records, faculty meeting minutes, annual reports, and similar materials.
Check the College Archives web page for more information. If you need information concerning the background of the College, consult Reference Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-253-3510. This material supplements the official records of the University held in Manuscripts and Archives in Kroch Library.