The UAMS Library serves the faculty, staff, and students of all UAMS colleges as well as the staff of the University Hospital. The collection and services are designed to meet the education, research, service, and patient care missions of UAMS. The Library also extends reference and borrowing privileges to health care practitioners throughout Arkansas either directly or through UAMS Regional Center Libraries.
The Library is staffed by 11 professional librarians and 9.5 FTE paraprofessionals and technical staff. Services and information are provided on-site in the Library as well as via the Library website, phone, email, social media, presentations, classes, and through participation on committees and research projects. In addition, seven professional educators and three staff members are located in the Student Success Center (see below).
The Library Facility
The Library occupies 44,000 square feet on three and one-half floors of the Education II Building. The Library includes the Student Success Center and the Historical Research Center (HRC). The HRC Annex houses additional materials and artifacts in a storage facility on campus. The Library has a total seating capacity of over 600 and more than 60 computers available for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The Library includes the following:
The Library provides various study and research areas throughout the Library as well as designated quiet/silent study areas. Food and drinks are allowed throughout the Library, and vending machines are located in a small lounge located on the 1st level (also accessible after hours).
The Library is open Monday through Sunday, and is staffed 87.5 hours a week. Students and residents may access the after-hours areas 24/7 via badge swipe.
The Library is closed to walk-in use during inclement weather or on holidays; however, access to digital collections continues, and telephone, social media, and email requests for assistance are monitored by staff during regular hours.
Library hours during holidays and breaks are posted in advance in the Library and on the Library’s website. Student Success Center and Historical Research Center hours may vary from Library hours.
Library Website & Resources
The UAMS Library website serves as the gateway to the Library’s online resources and services. The website provides access to bibliographic databases, evidence-based medicine and clinical summary tools, electronic books (including a variety of medical specialty textbooks), various electronic reference and research materials, and electronic journals. Links to selected health sciences websites are provided. The Historical Research Center (HRC) digital collection of photographs, documents, and other materials is linked from the website.
The online catalog includes records for books, journals, computer-based instruction programs as well as records for materials in the HRC, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Library, and other selected online catalogs in Arkansas higher education institutions and other government and public entities.
UAMS employees and students use their UAMS user/domain account and password to access the Library’s licensed electronic resources from off campus via the Library website. Guests visiting the UAMS Library have access to the library resources via a guest login.
The Library catalog and eJournal & eBook portal provides access to:
53,000+ electronic journal titles in total, Including 10,168 specific to medicine and science, clinical care, and research
42,434 books in all formats including 19,200+ in electronic format and 23,234 in print format
116 databases and various electronic resources
Instruction: The Library provides a wide variety of informational and instructional services, such as assistance in accessing and using information resources and services, presentations on topics of interest such as scholarly publishing and copyright, and workshops providing hands-on experience.
Specialized Assistance: The Library provides specialized services such as research consultation and in-depth literature search assistance (Research & Clinical Search Services), support for meeting NIH Public Access Policy requirements, and assistance with copyright questions. Librarians are available to participate on research, education, and clinical teams.
Checkout of Materials and Interlibrary Loans
Faculty, students, and employees register to check out books and media with their active UAMS identification badge. The library charges fines for overdue materials and suspends borrowing privileges until bills and fines are settled. Print reference materials are restricted to use in the Library.
The Interlibrary Loan department obtains materials not available through the UAMS Library from other libraries and commercial document suppliers. Users complete a registration form for the ILLiad system and submit requests online through their ILLiad account. Currently, there is no fee for this service unless additional copyright fees or other document delivery charges apply.
Historical Research Center
The Historical Research Center acquires, preserves, and provides access to rare and archival materials that document the history of UAMS, as well as medicine and other health sciences in Arkansas. It is the state’s premier repository for medical history and includes nearly 7,000 volumes and over 500 linear feet of archival records on all aspects of the health sciences. The Center provides assistance to researchers in its fifth floor reading room. Rotating exhibits highlight the state's rich health sciences history and are located in the Center's reading room and on the first floor of the Central Building (across from the College of Medicine office).
Selected items from the Center's holdings are available online, including over 800 photographs and the Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society and related titles from 1870-1922.
The Society for the History of Medicine and Health Professions is a support organization for the Historical Research Center and sponsors an annual dinner and lecture, among other activities. If you are interested in joining and meeting others interested in the history of medicine, please visit their webpage.
Student Success Center
Co-located on the Library's 3rd level, the Student Success Center provides services to students of all the colleges. Services include testing in a secure environment as well as special testing for students requiring accommodations such as extended time, distraction-reduced/distraction-free testing. The Center includes a writing center, presentation studio, and technical support for laptops and mobile devices. Laptops are available for checkout for use within the Library confines. Student learning specialists provide assistance with study and testing skills and manage a peer tutoring program. A one-stop shop website pulls together these and a wide variety of additional student academic services.
March 18, 2021
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