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VM-1 & VM-2 Resource Guide

Library resources for first- and second-year veterinary students.

May 25 Update

Zalk Library has implemented the updated MU Safety Recommendations

  • The Library is staffed Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (approximately).
  • After-hours access for CVM Affiliates is available via card reader. If you have card access to the Vet Med Bldg, you have card access to the library. All the rules and regs that apply during the day apply after hours.
  • Covered Drinks & Snacks Allowed. Keep it clean! No meals or messy food. We reserve the right to ask you to eat items down in the Dogwood Cafe.
  • Quiet Study 24/7. Respect your classmate’s need for a quiet area. Take and make calls outside the library.
  • Service Animals Only. No pets.
  • Be Kind to One Another! As we transition a new world of optional face coverings and no distancing rules, be kind to one another. 

As always, we're here for you!

Need an article from our print collection? Make a request through FindIt@MU or email us at

Need a book chapter? Email us at

Ways to contact us:

And, of course, our electronic resources are already online through the Zalk Library website.

How to access our online resources:

  • Use the links on the Zalk Library home page or from any Libraries page. These links have all been “proxied,” so when you hit a subscribed resource, you’ll be asked to log-in with your SSO.
  • Use the Journal Finder to get to specific journal titles. The Journal Finder will let you know which years are available electronically.
  • We have a ton of ebooks!
  • Really just want PubMed? Bookmark the “MU” PubMed link to be connected to the FindIt@MU information.
  • Set your Google Scholar settings to show the FindIt@MU link for easy off-campus access to journal articles
  • Use VPN
  • More information on Off-campus Access to Library Resources
  • Note: many libraries around the country still have limited access to their collections and/or have changed their lending policies. You may experience delays with requests from other libraries.

(Still) All in This Together!

Here are the basics...

First and foremost, we're here to help you succeed in vet school. Don't hesitate to ask us a question.

Zalk Veterinary Medical Library:

Check out materials with your CVM badge: Your badge is your library card at all the University Libraries.

  • Reserves: varies by item, but usually 2-hour loan. If you check out a reserve book within 2 hours of closing time, you'll get the item overnight. Hint: since we are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, if you check out a reserve book after 3:30 pm on a Friday, it won't be due back until Monday morning.
  • Bound Journals: 2 weeks; Unbound Journals: Overnight
  • Books: 4 months. Books can be renewed online via your MU Libraries account. (Login and click My Library Account --> Checkouts

Off-campus access with VPN or your PawPrint: You can get to our online databases, journals, and books from anywhere in the world. Use the MU VPN or start from a Library page and enter your PawPrint (first part of your email address and your email password) when you reach the Libraries Proxy server. More information on off-campus access.

Scanning/Photocopying: Scanning is free! Scan and send to email or USB. Contact a staff member for photocopy codes. ***REMINDER*** Respect the intellectual property rights of others: wholesale photocopying or scanning of books is a violation of copyright. Why you should care 

Printing: The CVM-IT computers and the stand-up computers near the entrance all print across the hall. Use your PrintQuota.

We're part of the University Libraries: The Zalk Veterinary Medical Library is one of nine campus libraries. You can request that books and bound journals from other libraries be sent to Zalk Library for pick-up. You can return items from other campus libraries here, and we'll send them back for you.

Other policy stuff...

Shhhh...: The library is often the only quiet place in the building. Respect your classmate's need for a quiet study area. The library is designated as quiet study at all times. Don't make us shush you.

Silence Your Cell Phones: Step out into the hall if you need to make or take a call.

Don't Leave Your Stuff Unattended

No pets. Service animals only.

Library FAQ's

Q: Why are reserve books only for 2 hours?

A: Reserve items are designed to be used as quick reference by you AND your classmates. A 2-hour loan lets everyone have equal access. Reserve books are not meant to be a replacement for buying the book.

Q: Do you have e-books?

A: Yep. And, we're getting more and more of our materials in electronic format only. In MERLIN, you'll see "e" or [electronic resource] on the record. Check out our guide to Veterinary eBooks.

Q: I want a book from Ellis Library. How do I get it? What about a book from UMKC?

A: Find the book you want in the UM LIBRARIES CATALOG, the library catalog for all 4 UM campuses. Click on the Request button. Log in with your username and choose the Veterinary Library as your pick-up location.

Q: I need a journal article that's in print at the vet library. How do I get it?

A: You are welcome to come in and check out the journal or make a photocopy/scan. If you prefer, you can Request a Copy, and we'll scan and send it to you (for free! what a deal!).

Q: There's a journal article I need, but MU doesn't have it. How do I get it?

A: Use InterLibrary Loan. We'll get the article from another library and send it to you electronically.