Planning for the Arizona Health Sciences Library (AHSL) began two years before the opening of the College of Medicine in September 1967. Today AHSL is the largest, most comprehensive health sciences library in Arizona, providing electronic access to vast stores of biomedical literature, participating as instructors in the curriculum of the colleges, working with researchers and clinicians on projects to improve access to essential information, and providing comfortable space for small group collaborations and quiet studying in a collegial atmosphere. AHSL’s primary clientele are the UA colleges associated with the Arizona Health Sciences Center, including University Medical Center. In 2007 AHSL opened a facility on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus to support the UA College of Medicine–Phoenix.
AHSL 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 improved health for everyone in our community. AHSL is a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/National Library of Medicine and serves as the designated resource library for Arizona.
AHSL 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 realize large discounts in the cost of electronic resources, making more high-quality online resources available to all, even the smallest and most remote organizations in our state.