About the Veterinary Medicine Library


All Iowa State University faculty, staff, students and others who have an ISUCard are entitled to borrow materials from the Veterinary Medicine Library. Books and journals circulate for an extended loan period (to the end of the school year in May) for ISU veterinary students and for all graduate students and faculty, with the following exceptions:

  1. Reserve books: 3 hours during open library hours, and also overnight.
  2. Books are subject to recall after two weeks when needed by another patron.

Books (and many journals) located at Parks Library and the Library Storage Building can be delivered free of charge directly to the Veterinary Medicine Library via the Pick from Shelf service.

Use the Interlibrary Loan form to request books, journal articles, and other items that are not owned by ISU Library. The ISU Library system includes Parks Library, the Veterinary Medicine Library, the two Reading Rooms, and the Library Storage Building. There is usually no charge for interlibrary loan requests.

There is a self-serve scanner.


The Veterinary Medicine Library maintains a collection of approximately 15,000 volumes and 200 periodical titles in print. Its holdings are primarily in veterinary science and the related subjects of comparative and human medicine, animal science, and zoology. The collection is divided into two major parts, separated by the Service Desk: journals on one side of the room and books on the other. Both books and journals are arranged by Library of Congress call number.

There are also several smaller collections. There is a small collection of CDs and DVDs near the Service Desk. A Reserve collection for class assignments is maintained for the academic departments of the College. Reserve materials are kept behind the Service Desk. Current issues of some of the most popular and frequently used journals and magazines are shelved in the Selected Display Journals area. 

Many journals, books, and indexes are now accessible from the library's website in electronic format. Journal articles, book chapters, and index citations can be viewed from the computer screen, printed, or downloaded. 

We welcome suggestions for books and other materials to add to the library's collection. Faculty, staff, and students can submit their requests, using the standard ISU Library Recommend a Purchase form, or e-mail their recommendations directly to Brad Kuennen, Veterinary Medicine Librarian, kuennen@iastate.edu.