Library Services

The health science center’s Gibson D. Lewis Health Sciences Library supports the educational, patient-care, research and community-service missions of the institution by meeting the information needs of faculty, students, staff and the local health sciences community.

Featuring the latest information technology, this spacious and attractive facility provides the physical and intellectual resources needed for study, instruction and research. The library collection contains over 150,000 volumes and 2,280 serial titles in the basic biomedical sciences, clinical medicine and affiliated fields. Special Collections preserves historically significant materials, including over 2,400 volumes of osteopathic and nineteenth century medicine, The William G. Sutherland Collection, and institutional archives, photographs and oral histories.

The library uses the Library Information System (LIS) to provide access to the library’s collections and to the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database. LIS may be accessed in the library, via telephone modem or through the Internet. Library instruction on LIS, MEDLINE and other library services, as well as reference services and mediated computer searches, are readily available.

Materials not owned by the library may be obtained through interlibrary loan from many sources. The library has been a resource library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine since 1991. In addition, the library is a member of the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium, which provides access to all 14 academic medical/health science center libraries in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

The library’s Media Resources Center houses an audio-visual collection of over 5,800 titles, including 340 computer software programs and some 124 anatomical models. The collection includes titles with a broad appeal to both medical/scientific users and the general public. Sixteen viewing rooms are equipped with video playback and slide-tape projectors.

Three networked computer labs, with Macintosh and Windows computers, are available for student, staff and faculty use. Monthly computer classes are also offered. The Internet can be accessed in all three labs. Portable computers are also available for overnight and weekend checkout.

All health science center students receive the full range of library services, including borrowing privileges, individual and group study areas, photocopying, computer searches, reference help, document delivery services, print indexes, personal instruction in the use of the library and access to the library’s collections. Students must have I.D. badges to borrow materials and gain access to the library’s various study rooms. Students are cautioned to be careful with food and drink in the library. Food and drink are not allowed in the computer labs.

Copy cards are available for purchase. The library is a member in the Copyright Clearinghouse Center to ensure compliance with the copyright law.

This page was last modified on October 4, 2021