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Reference hours at the Atwood Library (campus)

Reference assistance in the Atwood Library is provided by Margy Lindem and staff. They are available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, or after-hours by appointment. During evenings and weekends, the library is staffed by student workers.

You can contact Margy Lindem, Head of Veterinary Libraries, directly at 215-898-8874 or

Telephone reference

Please call 215-898-8895

Email reference

Email us your subject-specific or general questions at Turn around time is usually within 24 hours. >

Use the Ask a Reference Question form to make an inquiry. This service is primarily for students, faculty, and staff. We will try to respond as soon as possible.

Online Chat reference

Health Science Library staff respond to chat questions 10am-5pm Monday-Friday (10am-4pm during Summer months). Additional Penn Library staff are available via chat at other times. You can use the chat box on the left of this page.

Consultations or classroom instruction

The Veterinary librarians are available to meet individually with Penn students, faculty, and staff to provide research assistance. Consultations may be arranged by requesting an appointment using our email form or by emailing Margy Lindem directly at

Reference librarians are available for group instruction. You can request a customized session, designed for the needs of your class or group.

Use our form to request an appointment or a class session.

Classes & online tutorials

The Penn Libraries offer hands-on workshops on Health & Life Science resources as well as general productivity tools - see the mini-calendar at the right. For desriptions and to register, visit

To access online tutorials, click here.

Penn Libraries workshops