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

Penn Workplace Mentoring Program comes to Penn Vet

Last week the Vet Library had much younger visitors than we’re used to seeing at the library.  As part of the Penn Workplace Mentoring Program, students from the Mastery Charter Schools visited the Veterinary School with stops at the library and Ryan Hospital.

Librarian and students

Librarian Margy Lindem with Mastery Charter Schools students

At the library, the students researched their chosen future professions using the Occupational Outlook Handbook in the library’s Fairchild Digital Classroom. They then headed over to the Ryan Hospital for a tour with John Donges, where they got to observe some of the veterinary specialists in action. Maybe we’ll see some of these students again one day in the Penn Vet program.

Students and Staff at Ryan Hospital

Students and Staff at Ryan Hospital

Farrier gathering at New Bolton Center Library

Farrier gathering at New Bolton Center Library

Farriers listen to Pat Reilly, Chief of Farrier Services at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center and Lee Liles, owner/curator of the National Museum of Horse Shoeing Tools and Hall of Honor in the New Bolton Center Library. Specimens from Liles’ museum and Penn Vet’s Podological Museum (housed in the library) are on display. Jean Austin DuPont Library, September 27, 2013

A Memoir, A Celebration

Gayle Joseph and Adrian Morrison

Artist Gayle Joseph and author Dr. Adrian Morrison pause in front of  illustrations for “Brandywine Boy”.

A cheerful crowd attended a February 21st book reading and reception for Penn Vet Professor Emeritus Dr. Adrian Morrison’s recently published memoir Brandywine Boy.  The event was co-sponsored by the Penn Libraries and the book’s illustrator Gayle Joseph, Executive Assistant in Penn Vet’s Office of the Associate Dean for Research.

In his memoir, Dr. Morrison recounts stories from his boyhood growing up in nearby Chadd’s Ford, PA.  Interspersed in the tales of his Tom Sawyer-like adventures are lessons on science and animals, drawn from Dr. Morrison’s extensive career as a veterinarian and researcher.   Brandywine Boy is available for purchase on

Gayle Joseph is an oil and watercolor painter whose original illustrations appear on Penn Vet research newsletters and announcements.  For more information on her artwork, visit

Illustration by Gayle Joseph.

Illustration by Gayle Joseph.

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