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Vet Med Library Information: Resources

This page and corresponding tabs provide information about the Veterinary Medicine Library's resources, policies, services, etc. at Virginia Tech

Outside view of the library (windows on the lower left side)

Entrance to Vet Med Library

Entrance to the Vet Med Library through the Waterfall Room

Some of our anatomy

3D Printer & Photocopy area

One of our friends enjoying his 3D print skull!

3D print (supports removed)

Recent 3D print (with supports)

Recent 3D print

Circulation desk

Seating area

Display area

Library Resources

Database searching

  • Search for a specific database on this page (note the terms you enter in the search on this page will retrieve results if they are found in the title and descriptions of the database, not within the content of the database itself). Most of the content found within the databases is restricted to Virginia Tech affiliates.
  • The Veterinary Medicine subject guide provides a starting point to the databases that cover publications related to veterinary and biomedical sciences.

Journal searching

  • If you are looking for a specific journal, this is the quickest way to determine what the library has access to (both in print and online).  If you have the full citation, you can try our "citation linker" option. 
    • Note, if the library does not have access through our collection, or you wish to have an electronic copy of a book chapter or article that is from a print resource, you can request the material through the desktop delivery service of Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
  • Use the service "BrowZine" to get alerts to table of contents for journals (available as an app or through a web browser).

Summon, the library's "discovery service"

  • Sometimes referred to as the "Library's Google" this index searches the full text for your terms across multiple vendors at the same time to find a variety of information sources about your topic. It is also helpful to use if you are looking for a specific article title (put the title in parentheses) and be aware that this will also retrieve items that have cited the article you are searching for.  You can also use the "advanced search" to create a more focused set of results.

Addison, the library's catalog

  • Addison contains the records and holdings for the library's print materials, and is the system you will need to use to request materials to be sent from storage, Newman, or other branches (this excludes materials from the EMC). More information under "Delivery of Materials".

Accessing Online Resources


  • If the database does not provide immediate full text access to a resource you found, look for the "Get VText" icon.  Click the icon to automatically search the library's holdings to locate a copy.

Off campus access

To access the library's resources from off campus, there are three primary options available:

  1. Start at the library's home page. Many resources require authentication to confirm you are affiliated with an institution that has paid the subscription fees for access.  By getting to the information source through the library's website, you will be prompted to sign in using your PID/password and 2-factor authentication. 
  2. Install the LibX browser extension (only available for Firefox or Chrome) so you can reload any page you are currently viewing through the library's off campus sign in service.
  3. If you are using Google Scholar, set up your "library links" to include Virginia Tech
    • ​​If you need help, contact us at 540-231-6610 for assistance.

Accessing Print Resources

  • Except for materials on course reserve, the library book shelves ("stacks") are open for patrons to browse. Books and bound journals taken out of the library must be checked out at the front desk by presenting your Hokie Passport or library borrowing card. Regular circulating materials are checked out via Addison, while special categories of materials such as unbound issues of journals, audio-visual programs, etc. are checked out by filling out a Special Permission charge-slip for each item. See "policies" for more information.

Other Access Options

  • Use Interlibrary Loan for desktop delivery of book chapters and print articles from the University Libraries collections. The item will be scanned and sent in an electronic format. 
  • If the Vet Med Library does not have the book you need in the collection here, but it is owned by the University Libraries (found in Addison) you can request for the material to be delivered to the Vet Med Library. More information under "Delivery of Materials".
  • If we do not own the material you need (book, article, multimedia, etc.), you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. You can also use Interlibrary Loan for desktop delivery of book chapters and print articles to be scanned and sent to you in an electronic format.

Hours and contact information

Spring Break Hours
(March 10th-17th)

Saturday, March 10th CLOSED
Sunday, March 11th CLOSED
Monday, March 12th - Friday March 16th 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday, March 17th CLOSED

Regular Hours resume Sunday, March 18th


Vet Med Library Hours

Monday 7:30am-9:00pm
Tuesday 7:30am-9:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am-9:00pm
Thursday 7:30am-9:00pm
Friday 7:30am-5:00pm
Saturday 1:00pm-6:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-9:00pm

Front Desk Phone: 540-231-6610


Head, Veterinary Medicine Library and Liaison to Animal Sciences

Kiri  DeBose's picture
Kiri DeBose
Vet Med Library
245 Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Tools to help with research

Alerting services

There are several services that will alert you to new articles or that deliver the table of contents of journals directly to your email or RSS reader.

Citation managers

There are several different citation (aka bibliographic) managers available.  This guide will help you think about the features that are most applicable, so you can choose a manager that will best fit your needs. The library provides training and support for the following citation managers: