New access policy for Steven W. Atwood Library and Information Commons

Effective Monday, August 3rd, entry to the Hill Building, which houses the Atwood library, will require a specially activated Penn ID card.

Weekday visitors to the Atwood library can enter through the Ryan Hospital visitors’ entrance at 3900 Spruce Street after presenting a current, valid photo ID.  Alternatively, on-site access may be requested via the intercom at the Hill Building University Avenue entrance by displaying a photo ID to the camera and receiving authorization.


Regular visitors with a Penn ID card can request cardswipe access to the Hill Building.

During holidays and hours outside of 8 am – 5 pm M-F the library is restricted to Penn Vet students and staff.

Full access policy:

Latest Gift to Penn Vet Libraries from Dr. Steven W. Atwood

The Steven W. Atwood, VMD (V'80), M.D. Book Collection

The Steven W. Atwood, VMD (V’80), M.D. Book Collection

 A collection of historical veterinary books housed in a custom display case is the most recent addition to the Steven W. Atwood Library and Information Commons, thanks to Dr. Atwood’s ongoing generosity.

Dr. Atwood donated the textbook collection, which includes several works formerly owned by Gerry B. Schnelle, V’26.  Among these is the first English-language textbook of veterinary radiology, Radiology in Canine Practice (1945), written by Dr. Schnelle.

The display case, built to archival standards, was purchased largely with funds donated by Dr. Atwood’s grateful clients, Frances and Ralph Dweck.

The case faces a portrait that Dr. Atwood commissioned from artist Leslie Baker. Dr. Atwood donated the painting to the library and it was dedicated in May 2014 . Nearby is a grandfather clock given by the Atwood family in 2011.

Dr. Steven W. and Sandy Atwood with his portrait

Infoboosters for molecular biology, genetics and fun

If you’re a frequent user of molecular biology or genetics databases, Infoboosters might simplify your research.

Infoboosters are browser bookmarklets for web-based tools like the NCBI databases, developed at the University of Pittsburgh.  Highlight a term on a webpage, then click a database bookmarklet to automatically search for that term.

For example, choose a term in a PubMed abstract and click the GeneInfo bookmarklet.  Results pop up in a new window.

Search PubMed term in Gene

Click to view


To install Infoboosters , display your browser’s bookmarks/favorites toolbar.*  Then drag the bookmarklet from the Infoboosters page to your browser’s bookmarks/favorites toolbar.


Create Your Own

You can even create your own bookmarklet for any website where search results include the term you searched as part of the URL.  Use the online tool to make one for IMBD, Twitter or your own favorite site.

For example, here’s a bookmarklet to search the Penn Vet website:

Install Find@PennVet bookmarklet

*Display bookmarks toolbar instructions:  Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari

Historical veterinary books online

While the Penn Libraries are digitizing books from the Fairman Rogers Collection on the Horse and Equitation, vifavetother veterinary schools have been busy with digitization efforts of their own.

A recent informal survey of veterinary librarians disclosed two other projects of interest to veterinarians, historians and bibliophiles.

A project called ViFaVet at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany (Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover) includes nearly 1400 digitized monographs published before 1890.  Most of the books are in German, as is the search interface.  To download the PDFs, choose Inhaltsverzeichnis “Contents”.   The Google Translate version may be easier for English speakers.

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA has digitized over 1400 books, including over 1200 from their John A. Seaverns Equine Collection. The collection includes Sisson’s “A text-book of veterinary anatomy” (1911) and Muller’s “Diseases of the dog and their treatment” (1911). The books are available through the Internet Archive.

The Fairman Rogers digitization project at Penn is now up to 617 titles, with another 149 titles from an earlier digitization project available in the Internet Archive.  The digital collection has been made possible through a grant from the Laurie Landeau Foundation.

Equine Veterinary Journal App for iPads


Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) now offers an app for iPads that allows you to download recent journal issues (Sept 2013-2014) to your Apple Newsstand.

Penn faculty, staff, and students can download the EVJ app through Penn’s subscription by following the Institutional Access instructions:EVJ

  1. Register for a Wiley Online Library account
  2. Access the Wiley Online Library from Penn’s network, and log in.
  3. Visit the roaming access section of “My Profile” and click “Activate Roaming Access.”
  4. Download the app from the iTune Apps store.
  5. Use your Wiley Online Library account to “Log In” to the app (see Logging in to the App section for instructions)

Once your account is set up and the app is downloaded, you will be able to access EVJ for 3 months.  However, you will need to re-activate your roaming access from Penn’s network every 3 months to continue accessing EVJ content.

The app includes “Early View” articles but currently provides access to back issues of the journal only from 2013-2014.   You can save articles or entire issues for offline reading.  Each article presents its figures and any supplementary information in the sidebar, but supplementary files are not labeled so each must be opened to determine its content.  The search function is limited to searching within an article rather than across issues.  

Although the app has some limitations, users that rely heavily on this journal will find the app useful.

Compatibility to date: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; optimized for iPhone 5.

View this and other vet-related mobile apps on the library’s Vet Apps webpage.

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