Access Policy

The Webster Family Library is intended for the use of students, faculty and staff of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.


Library Exam Policy

When the first and second year DVM students have exams on the same day, only exam takers are allowed in the library until noon. The exception to this policy is when users have quick business in the library such as: printing, checking out laptops, and asking reference questions. While this policy may displace potential library users, its purpose is to ensure enough seats for test-takers and to minimize disruptions to these same students.

 For Fall 2023, such dates are:

  • November 3
  • December 1
  • December 11
  • December 15


Cummings Veterinary Medical Center clients and people unaffiliated with Tufts may visit the library and use materials needed for professional or scholarly research purposes, on-site only. Exceptions are made for ARC and BLC members with a valid member ID, and Webster Family Library Special Users.

Visitors unaffiliated with Tufts should contact the library in advance to schedule an appointment (weekdays between 9:00am and 5:00pm) to ensure staff availability and to arrange for parking with the campus police.

Research services and delivery of articles are available for a fee.

Webster Family Library Special Users

Special user privileges are granted to:

  • Tufts University alumni
  • DVMs practicing or residing in New England
  • Researchers working with a Tufts faculty member
  • Persons having a documented need to borrow materials from the Webster Family Library

To apply for a Special User Card you must complete an application form and present valid identification. Please contact the library for the application form. Upon approval of the application a Special User Card (valid for one year) will be sent to you. Special user privileges include:

  • Borrowing of non-reserve items
  • Access to the library during open hours
  • Use of electronic materials, on-site only
  • Delivery of articles from other libraries (fee service)
  • Research (fee service)