Naming the Library
The Library originally was named the Roswell P. Flower Library, in honor of the former governor of New York whose founding gift established the Library on September 21, 1897.
In 1929, the Library was re-named to Flower Veterinary Library, primarily to avoid confusion with the public library in Governor Flower's hometown of Watertown, NY, which had also been named in his honor.
Finally, in 1992, the Library was re-named once again -- this time becoming the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library to recognize Dr. and Mrs. Isidor I. Sprecher for their generous support of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library serves the students, faculty and staff, alumni, and practicing veterinarians at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.
The Library’s holdings represent an internationally recognized selection of materials in veterinary medicine as well as publications in the biomedical sciences. These resources support the College’s undergraduate, graduate, clinical, and research programs.
Additional library services include instruction, outreach, information searching, interlibrary loan and document delivery.