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Veterinary Medicine - Alumni Resources: Vet Library Alumni Services

Welcome, Alumni!

The Veterinarian's Oath concludes "I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence," and the Penn Veterinary Library is committed to help you fulfill that aim. 

  • You'll always be welcome at the Vet library.  Remember that building access requires a student/staff PennCard so please time your visits for normal working hours.  Evening and weekend access may be available via the Van Pelt library . 
  • The library staff is here to help.  If you are navigating new information territory and would like a refresher guide, don't hesitate to ask.

While license restrictions limit nearly all of our electronic subscriptions to current Penn students and staff or to on-campus use, some options are available:

  • To use the computers in the Vet Library or other Penn Libraries, alumni must have (1) an Alumni PennCard and (2) a one-day credential. Credentials are issued at Van Pelt library to the first 10 alumni requesting each day.  More information....
  • Consider our copy service. You may order copies of articles in our collections to be delivered to you electronically through the Penn Vet Alumni Copy Service for $4/article.  The Biomedical Library Loansome Doc service may obtain articles in PubMed that are not found in our collections. 
  • The Penn libraries have purchased alumni subscriptions to general interest online databases with some full text, including some veterinary and medical titles.  
  • Your RefWorks bibliographic management account will remain available after graduation.
  • PubMed, Agricola, Consultant and IVIS are free online. New grads may purchase a subscription to VetMed (version of CAB Abstracts limited to veterinary topics) or a discounted subscription to VIN (Veterinary Information Network).
  • Alumni who would like to borrow materials from the Library may apply for courtesy borrowing privileges at the special alumni rate of $200.00 per year. An Alumni PennCard is required. To apply, visit the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Circulation desk or call (215) 898-7556 for information.


Reference Services

  • Professional librarians are on duty between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM weekdays.  Library reference chat may be available at other times.
  • Penn Alumni may use the extensive print collections for their information needs.
  • A consultation appointment is recommended if you anticipate needing librarian assistance. For reference services, call 215-898-8895, complete our web form, or email at

Penn Veterinary Medicine Librarian

Margy Lindem
Hill Pavilion
380 S. University Ave.,
Philadelphia, PA 19104

New Bolton Librarian

Dee Crandall

Health Sciences Liaison

Frank Campbell
Univ of Penn - Biomed Library
3610 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104