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Atwood Veterinary Library: Virtual Tour


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Books and Journals

Image of book stacks at Atwood Veterinary Library

Book stacks.

Image of journal racks at Atwood Veterinary Library

Journal racks and reading areas.


Most books are located on shelves in the middle of the library, on the shelves nearer to the Library entrance. There are, however, three notable exceptions:

  • Reference books are located on the low shelves just outside Fairchild Electronic Classroom.
  • Reserve books are located on the shelves along the wall of the staff processing area behind the front desk.
  • Oversize books are on shelves in the back of the library.

In each section, books are organized by Library of Congress call number.

Journals and Periodicals

Bound journals (usually older issues) are located on the shelves furthest from the Library entrance. They are organized in alphabetical order by title. Unbound and newer journals and magazines are on racks on the walls at the far end of the Library from the entrance. Please note that the Library currently receives most new issues of journals only in electronic format, not in print copies.

Current issues of major newspapers are available on a table beside the racks of unbound journals. These are retained in the Library for one week.

Finding Materials In Franklin

Franklin is the University of Pennsylvania Libraries' online catalog. When you're looking for materials in the Veterinary Library or in any Penn Library, Franklin should always be your first stop.

  • See the Franklin User Guide for general tips and instructions on searching.
  • To search only for materials located in the Veterinary Library, click the "All Search Limits" link on the main search page. In the box marked Library Location, select the option "Veterinary Library ALL," and click the button marked "Set Limits." You can now search in Franklin, and the only results returned will be materials from the Veterinary Library. To return to searching in all libraries, simply click the "Clear limits" link on the search page.
  • Need to use a book that's checked out, located at LIBRA (the Penn Libraries' high-density storage facility), or otherwise unavailable? See Place Requests in the Franklin User Guide to find out what you should do.
  • You can also use the "My Account" button in Franklin (located in the top bar across each page) to renew library materials, see what materials you have checked out, check your fines and fees, and more.

A new version of Franklin is currently being constructed and tested, and will be implemented in the near future. Suggestions are always welcome, so feel free to give it a try here!

Anatomy of a Franklin Record

Illustration of the various parts of a Franklin record.

Important information you can learn from a Franklin record:

  • Author, Title, Publisher, Description: Identifying information about the item.
  • LC Subjects: Library of Congress subject headings for the item. These are words or phrases describing different aspects of the subject matter of the book. You can click on subject headings from a Franklin record to search for other items that are associated with that heading.
  • Location: Information on which library has the item. This section will also note if the item is in a reserve, reference, or other collection separate from the main circulating collection.
  • Call Number: The Library of Congress call number for the item. See Reading Call Numbers for information on how to interpret a Library of Congress call number, and use it to find materials on the shelf.
  • Status: Notes whether the item is available on the shelf where it belongs, or whether it is checked out, missing or lost, in processing, or otherwise unavailable.
  • Library Has (journals only): The volumes, issues, and/or years for which the library has copies of the journal.
  • Notes: Any additional information about the item.
  • The number of times the information from Location onward is repeated in the record signifies the number of copies of the item that are available at that library. If there are two sets of information, for example, there should be two copies at the library.

Map of locations of books and journals at Atwood Library

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