The library book stacks are open to patrons to browse. Books and journals taken out of the library must be checked out at the Circulation Desk by presenting the patron's Hokie Passport or library 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. The Circulation policy for Newman Library applies to the Veterinary Medicine Library for regular circulating materials, but special category materials are subjected to the policies of the Veterinary Medicine Library. A request can be placed electronically for books that have been checked out to another patron. Renewals for books checked out to you can also be done online. In addition you can update your mailing address and phone number.
Materials which are not owned by the University Libraries and needed by Virginia Tech affiliated patrons can be obtained through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). There is no charge for either photocopied/scanned articles or books. Use your PID/password to log into the system; first-time users will be presented with a screen to create their profile in ILLiad.
There is a daily courier service between the Veterinary Medicine Library and the libraries and the storage facility on campus during the week (Monday through Friday). Materials from the other libraries can be checked out and returned through the Veterinary Medicine Library. Requests for materials received are usually filled within 48 hours. There are no deliveries on weekends so requests submitted after 9.00am on Friday will be delivered the following Monday. Journals from other libraries on campus are not delivered, but copies of the requested articles from journals or chapters from books located in any branch library or the storage facility can be requested through the desktop delivery service.
The Virginia Tech Libraries subscribe to over 700 databases. Only a handful of these pertain to publications in veterinary and biomedical medicine. Most of these databases provide journal citations although some cite conference proceeding papers and other documents. A few of them provide free access but most of them are restricted to Virginia Tech affiliates. We recommend starting on the Veterinary Medicine subject guide.
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.