Planning for the Health Sciences Library began two years before the opening of the College of Medicine in September 1967. Today, the Health Sciences Library is the largest, most comprehensive health sciences library in Arizona, providing electronic access to vast stores of biomedical literature and participating as instructors in the curriculum of the colleges. It also works with researchers and clinicians on projects to improve access to essential information and provides comfortable spaces for small group collaborations and quiet studying in a collegial atmosphere. The Health Sciences Library’s primary clientele are the UA colleges associated with the Arizona Health Sciences Center, including University Medical Center. In 2007, the Health Sciences Library opened a facility on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus to support the UA College of Medicine–Phoenix.
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. Equipping Arizonans with effective health information seeking skills is important to improve the health of everyone in our community. The Health Sciences Library is a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the National Library of Medicine, serving as the designated resource library for Arizona.
The Health Sciences Library is also a founding member of the Arizona Health Information Network (AZHIN), a consortium of the major hospitals in Arizona, rural clinics, telemedicine sites, state and local health departments, and health-related educational institutions. Through AZHIN, member institutions are able to receive large discounts on electronic resources, making more high-quality online resources available to everyone, even the smallest and most remote organizations in our state.