Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library

Access to Cornell Library collections

On-Site Access

Anyone, including alumni, can utilize on-site the various libraries comprising the Cornell University Library on the Ithaca campus during open hours. This includes reading materials in person, accessing stacks, utilizing copiers, scanners, printers, and public computers, and accessing all electronic and networked resources, such as databases and e-journals.

View Hours and directions and Visitor Information for more details.

Calling in advance is recommended especially if you are visiting from a long distance. The Veterinary College Complex is locked to the public during evenings and weekends and requires advanced planning.

For general questions and directions, call 607-253-3510 or email:

If you need research materials that may be in storage or items from special collections, call Reference Services at 607-253-3510 or email:


Borrowing Privileges for Print Books

New York State residents, including alumni, may apply for a Privilege Card which enables individuals to borrow printed books from the three Contract College libraries at Cornell at no cost. These include:

Catherwood Library (industrial and labor relations, business, management)
Mann Library (life sciences, animal science, nutrition, human medicine)
Veterinary Library (veterinary medicine, human medicine)

A similar fee-based card is available for Endowed libraries on the Ithaca campus.

For more information about Cornell University Library Guest Borrower
, go to Guest Borrowers or call 607-255-5069 for eligibility and fees.

To apply for a Privilege card for New York State residents, go to Privilege cards, or call 607-255-3296 or email: or for more information.


Remote Access to Networked Resources

Most electronic resources listed in the Cornell University Library Catalog are available on site through public computers in each campus library and from personal mobile devices. To use personal equipment to connect via the campus RedRover wireless network, register here.

Most license agreements limit remote access to Cornell affiliated users only. Because of these contractual obligations, it is not possible to extend off-campus access to alumni and others outside the Cornell community.


Interlibrary Loan Access

Most public, school and college libraries offer interlibrary loan services to their patrons, often at no or minimal cost.

Since the Cornell University Library participates in these national cooperative arrangements, it is possible to place a request at your local library to be filled from the collections at Cornell. This can include the actual short-term loan of a book or audiovisual item as well as the print or electronic pdf version of a journal article.

Ask about interlibrary loan services at your local public or other library in your area.



VetAccess is a fee-based customized research and document delivery service that provides rapid and easy access to information contained in the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library.