Our organization

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The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library advances healthcare, education, and research by delivering quality information through innovation and service.

Strategic map

We work towards the strategic map of the University Libraries to:

  1. Design and implement innovative programming and provide extraordinary content to advance learning, research and community impact.
  2. Renovate, repurpose and invest in library spaces designed to encourage creativity, exploration and application of new ideas.
  3. Lead the effort to capture, steward and share the scholarly record and research results of the University.
  4. Develop and sustain new community engagement and partnering activities that increase the personal and economic well-being of the people of Arizona.
  5. Continuously improve support for University priorities through reallocation of resources made available through improved efficiencies.


We embody the values of the University Libraries: diversity, continuous learning, innovation, collaboration, and integrity.

About our libraries

Planning for the Health Sciences Library began two years before the opening of the College of Medicine in September 1967. Today, it is the largest, most comprehensive health sciences library in Arizona. We provide access to essential medical information, participate as instructors in the curriculum of the colleges, and work in partnership with researchers and clinicians to advance health information literacy. The library also provides spaces for small group collaboration and quiet study. The library’s primary clientele are the students, faculty, and staff associated with the University of Arizona Health Sciences.

The Health Sciences Library is active statewide, working with health professionals and public libraries, health departments, and community groups to improve the access to high-quality health information. We are a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the National Library of Medicine, serving as the designated health resource library for Arizona. We are also a founding member of the Arizona Health Information Network (AZHIN), a consortium of health-related organizations in Arizona. AZHIN works to make high-quality online resources more accessible to health care providers across the state. In 2007, we opened a library on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus to support the UA College of Medicine–Phoenix.

Statistics on collections & services

These statistics from 2014-2015 include both the Tucson and Phoenix libraries.

Titles 150,121
Volumes 230,153
Ejournals (supporting UA Health Sciences clientele) 20,521
Ebooks (supporting UA Health Sciences clientele) 32,581
Databases 189
Gate Count 434,215
External circulation (physical volumes) 4,194
Internal circulation (physical volumes) 2,409
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AHSL website visitor sessions

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Information/reference transactions 2,565
Classes offered 332
Class attendance 4,764
Document delivery/interlibrary loan
Items borrowed from other libraries for UA Health Sciences clientele 7,224
Items shared with (lent to) other libraries 1,284
Community outreach activities

Classes offered

People served 2,162
Library staff

Library faculty

Classified staff 6
Student employees (FTE) 3


Last updated Nov 27, 2018 by cdstewart