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Why Work at Pendergrass Library?

  • Outstanding facilities: 16,000 square foot branch overlooking Tennessee River; Commons multi-use space including instruction; HVAC completely replaced; staff area renovations budget approved; adjacent and plentiful parking.  Pendergrass Library is big, safe, clean, and friendly.
  • Technology intensive:  17 seat OIT computer lab; 6 computers in the Quiet Zone; various equipment to loan; 1,478 large format research posters printed FY 17-18; 3D printing.
  • Collaborative support staff: Day and Evening Supervisors, an Information Technologist, a Student Engagement Librarian;  a graduate assistant, and student library assistants.

About Pendergrass Library

The Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library serves students, faculty, and the public community seeking information and scholarship about or relating to UT’s Institute of Agriculture. The library holds the majority of the UT library system’s collection for agriculture, environment sciences, natural sciences, food sciences, and veterinary medicine. Its collection includes more than 160,000 books, data sets, digital media, journals, microforms, and periodicals, and it is part of the United States’ government depository for Department of Agriculture publications and records. Pendergrass Library offers physical and virtual access to its resources and maintains an active program of outreach and user services based upon the skills of its staff, librarians, and innovative technologies.

The latest location of the agriculture and veterinary medicine library is in the Clyde M. York Veterinary Medicine Building, home to the College of Veterinary Medicine. The one-story library facility was constructed in 1974 and was later dedicated in honor of Webster Pendergrass, a UT professor with 43 years of service known for his work to increase global food production.

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Pendergrass Work Environment

The Pendergrass team collaborates to proactively identify, prioritize, deploy, and assess library services.  The Pendergrass Library team is comprised of:

  • Interim head of branch libraries
  • Agriculture librarian
  • Veterinary medicine librarian
  • Student Engagement Librarian
  • Manager of public services and operations
  • Evening and weekend supervisor
  • IT technologist
  • A graduate assistant
  • 1-2 graduate students
  • 4-6 undergraduate student library assistants

Pendergrass librarians and staff have 12-month appointments. Most of our UTIA clients also hold 12 month appointments and work 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Pendergrass librarians and staff also participate in special events such as the UTIA Ag Day and departmental outreach programs that may fall on the occasional evening or weekend.

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Mission and Values

The Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library serves those seeking information and scholarship in areas important to the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture and the citizens of Tennessee. Pendergrass Library provides the highest quality resources to all users and offers instruction and equitable access to all information and resources within our collection. We value creativity, collegiality, expertise, and innovative thinking. Our users may expect:

  • Collaborative responses from trained and skilled staff
  • Confidentiality of all library transactions and records
  • Courteous & timely service
  • Knowledgeable, attentive, & non-judgmental fulfillment of requests
  • Proactive approaches & creative solutions to problems & requests
  • Respect for all questions & the best available answers

We are dedicated to improving the library’s collections and services. We strive to create a user-centric library maintained as a partnership between the library and its patrons.

UT Institute of Agriculture

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA), through its colleges, research and education centers, and county extension offices, serves the people of Tennessee and beyond through the discovery, communication and application of knowledge. UTIA, working with the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, is committed to providing undergraduate, graduate and professional education programs in a diverse learning environment that prepares students to be leaders in a global society. The Institute’s delivery of education, discovery, and outreach contributes to the economic, social and environmental well-being of all Tennesseans and focuses on contemporary problems faced by Tennessee, the nation, and the world.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is made up of the following four units that provide instruction, research, and public service:

Herbert College of Agriculture

The Herbert College of Agriculture offers academic programs in a variety of natural and social science based disciplines that apply to the food, fiber and natural resources systems. The areas of study include:

  1. Agricultural and Resource Economics
  2. Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication
  3. Animal Science
  4. Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences
  5. Entomology and Plant Pathology
  6. Food Science and Technology
  7. Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Science
  8. Plant Sciences

For students in the Herbert College of Agriculture, learning is personal and often hands-on. Student teams provide opportunities for self-directed study, leadership development, and a lot of fun. Herbert College of Agriculture has an honors research and creative achievements program that challenges students to excel. International study tours give graduates an edge in the increasingly connected world of global markets.

College of Veterinary Medicine

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is one of only 30 veterinary colleges in the nation. The College serves pet owners, zoos and the livestock industry; protects public health, enhances medical knowledge and generates economic benefits to the state and nation. Outreach programs engage an array of citizens in learning programs that explore the animal-human bond.  New services in equine sports medicine offer students opportunities, as does the expansion of the college’s facilities.

UT Extension

UT Extension has an office in every county of Tennessee. UT Extension delivers research-based programs that improve lives, build stronger families, and strengthen communities. As a partner with local, state, and national agencies and through its statewide presence, Extension provides educational programming and assistance in areas of agriculture, natural resources and resource development, family and consumer sciences, and 4-H youth development.


AgResearch is an integral partner in teaching programs throughout the Institute. AgResearch faculty conduct world-class research programs in a variety of areas including crop breeding and genetics, soil conservation, no-till crop production, cattle reproduction, wood product development, and many others. AgResearch is also a key funding source for graduate assistantships and research that graduate students undertake in their degree programs.  The unit’s 10 branch research facilities serve as field laboratories for faculty and students, while allowing the public to evaluate research trials and experience gardens and arboretums.

Culture Corner

The 2020-2021 Culture Corner offers resources and materials to explore Native American cultures and traditions.

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