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VM-1 & VM-2 Resource Guide

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

Spring 2021

**COVID-19 Update 1/8/21**
Zalk Library is open to CVM Affiliates.

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.

Face Coverings Required at all times.

No Food or Drink

We see this no food or drink policy as a temporary measure. We normally allow drinks and small snacks in the library.

One Person per Table

We've set up the seating to maintain 6' social distancing. Please don't move the chairs around. We'll have wipes and disinfectant near the entrance for you to wipe down your areas. Our seating capacity is 30 people. Sit in the designated spots; do not sit on the floor.

Quiet Study

We try to maintain a quiet environment in the library. While the library is staffed, we will be propping the doors open (one less thing for everyone to touch) -- so it may be a little noisier in the library than usual.

Wag More. Bark Less.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind. --Jennifer Dukes Lee
These are stressful times. Be aware of those around you and give each other space (literally).

Library Staff

We'll be in our offices with our masks on. Give us a wave to catch our attention if you need assistance. Even though we won't be standing at the circulation desk to greet you when you come in the library, we want you to know you are welcome! We are smiling at you with our eyes! SMIZE!

Thanks in advance for your patience if we can't get to you right away (we may be on a Zoom call; etc.).

Ways to contact us:

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 MERLIN My Library account

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 MERLIN, the library catalog for all 4 UM campuses [note: to see books from other campuses, change the scope from MU to ALL MERLIN]. 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.