Library Services, Policies, and Fees

Reference Service

Literature searches may be completed by health sciences librarians as a free service for members of CCHS. The library provides access to more than 300 specialized databases, including MEDLINE, CINAHL, Scopus, and Web of Science. Library faculty and staff are available to assist you with your informational needs Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:45 pm. Members of CCHS may also request an office visit by appointment for information consultation or instruction by calling (205) 348-1364 or contacting a health sciences librarian directly.

Instruction

Health Sciences Librarians are available to offer instruction or presentations in categories such as library instruction, scholarly communications, and evidence based practice. See a list of examples below or contact a librarian to discuss your group’s needs.

Library Instruction

  • Literature Searching
  • Evidence Based Resources
  • Mobile Apps for Clinical Practice
  • Library Orientation

Scholarly Communications

  • Citation Management
  • Choosing a Journal for Publication
  • Open Access Mandates
  • Data Management Plans

Evidence Based Medicine

  • Introduction to EBM
  • Forming an Answerable Clinical Question
  • The 6S Model for the Hierarchy of Pre-Appraised Evidence

Contact a librarian to arrange a presentation.

Research & Publication Support

Health sciences librarians are prepared to support students, residents, staff, and faculty with many stages of the research and publication process. Some specific areas in which we are pleased to offer support or collaborate include:

  • Identifying avenues for publication and presentation
  • Evaluating journals and publishers
  • Journal and author metrics
  • Navigating open access and data mandates
  • Data management plans
  • Identifying technology to support research, citation, and collaboration

Circulation

Borrowers: All members of the university community with a valid ID card have borrowing privileges.  Alumni and members of the community may use resources in the library or subscribe as a courtesy patron to continue checkout privileges for an annual fee of $25. A local reference is required to become a courtesy patron, and applications are available in the Health Sciences Library.

Loan Period: Periodicals do not circulate. Monographs and audiovisuals circulate for 30 days. Reserve material may  either circulate for 7 days or may be restricted to in-library use. E-book checkout lengths vary by resource and are managed through the resource website.

Renewals:  To renew, books may be brought to the library, renewed by phone at (205) 348-1360, or renewed online using the “My Library” interface through the UA Libraries.

Returns: must be made to the Health Sciences Library, not to one of the other UA System Libraries.

Fines/Lost Book Penalites: Overdue Fines are  $ .25 per day up to a maximum of $5.00. Overdue fines for reserve material are  $.50 per day. Replacement costs for lost or damaged material is $100.00 per item.

Interlibrary Loan

Items not available in the Health Sciences Library may be ordered from another library (excluding local libraries). The following charges per item apply:

Permanent CCHS Faculty & Professional Staff No Charge
CCHS Residents & Medical Students No Charge
DCH Personnel $10.00
Health Professionals $10.00
University Community $10.00
Other Library Patrons $20.00

Adjunct Faculty should request funding from their department for teaching expenses.

Members of CCHS may E-mail ILL requests to library@cchs.ua.edu

Contact HSL

(205) 348-1360
library@cchs.ua.edu

Health Sciences Librarians

Nelle Williams, MLS
Director
(205) 348-1364
ntwilliams1@ua.edu

Andrea Wright, MLIS
Clinical / Tech Services Librarian
(205) 348-1335
alwright1@ua.edu

Location

Library entrance located on west facing, UA School of Medicine side of the University Medical Center

850 Peter Bryce Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401