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VM-1 & VM-2 Resource Guide

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

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:

**COVID-19 Update**
The Library is currently closed, and Team Zalk is working remotely. You'll find many of our resources online, and we're available via phone, email, and Zoom to answer any questions you might have.

We look forward to having you back in the library, but we just don't know when that will be.

In normal times...

The Library is staffed:

Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
After-hours access to the library is available via card reader. If you have card access to the Vet Med Bldg, you have card access to the library. More info on our 24/7 access.

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 6 CVM-IT computers and the 2 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.

The Boring 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 24/7. Don't make us shush you.

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

Drinks in Covered Containers Allowed: If you do spill something, please let us know right away.

"Snack" Foods Allowed: Think of snack foods as those items you'd buy out of a vending machine.

Meals, Fruits/Veggies & Anything Smelly or "Messy" NOT Allowed: Library Staff reserve the right to define "messy." We encourage you to eat lots of fruits and vegetables -- just not in the library.

Keep it clean!  Your mom doesn't work here...

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 video equipment I can check out?

A: Yes! You can check out the video camera for 3-days (we've even got a tripod). Ask a staff member for more information. Other equipment available from the University Libraries.

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.