Health Sciences & Human Services Library (HS/HSL)
"The library is always one of the first places you look to in order to measure the quality of any institution of higher education. Those who see our new library, from the outside and inside, will have no doubt as to the seriousness of our academic mission. This wonderful building puts us in a leadership position on an international scale." - UMB President David J. Ramsay (March, 1998)
Distinguished as the first library established by a medical school in the United States, the University of Maryland continued its leadership role when the new Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) opened in April of 1998.
The library is the second largest medical school library on the East Coast. The library has six levels and covers 190,000 square feet, including the Tower Café, the HS/HSL coffee lounge. The facility offers wireless access as well as 1,500 data connections for laptop users, along with 50 public-access workstations. These workstations have access to everything, from the Web to email to databases to full-text journals/textbooks to applications.
The library's nearly 400,000 volumes and approximately 20,000 print and e-journal titles can be found through the HS/HSL online catalog, which also provides access to the resources of 15 other libraries in the University System of Maryland. There is seating for 900 individuals in the library. This arrangement includes 130 individual study-carrels and more than 40 collaborative learning rooms that are always available to students.
HS/HSL digital information resources are available offsite via the web site. Additionally, the Web page directs users to other valuable resources from around the world and is also the first place to look for additional news and information about the Health Sciences and Human Services Library.
All library services are fully supported by a staff of librarians, computing and network support professionals. The staff is available for consultations and both online and on-site instruction, as well as assistance in planning for the integration of information skills into curricula and courses.
In addition to serving all the professional schools on campus and the University of Maryland Medical Center, the library is a nationally recognized leader in information technology and serves as the Regional Medical Library for the Southeastern United States, Region 2 of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
For further information about the library and its services, access the library's website.