News: Director's Blog

New Study Rooms

Apr 1, 2015

We now have 11 new study rooms in the library.  Nine individual study rooms have been built at the west end of the 3rd floor.  Two group study rooms have also been added to this area. Window shades will be added to the new rooms in the next week or two.  Keys to the new rooms can be checked out at the information desk in the library lobby.

Gary Freiburger, Library Director

4th Floor Update #5 - study rooms and Computer Lab

Mar 11, 2015

Work will begin on Monday, March 16th to construct 9 new individual study rooms and 2 new group study rooms on the third floor.  These rooms should be ready for use in early April.

Construction should also begin on the 4th floor on March 16th although we haven’t yet been asked to limit access to the group study rooms on that floor.  Considerable noise can be expected, as construction supplies will be brought up through an opening in the west wall of the building on the 4th floor.

Thank you for your input on the height of study cubes to be moved to the second floor computer lab.  We have decided to provide some cubes with lower walls and some with higher walls so that you should be able to find a computer workstation that suits you.  A firm date for this transition has not been set.

- Gary Freiburger, Library Director

4th Floor Update #4 Computer Lab

Mar 3, 2015

We want to hear your thoughts about our computer lab furniture!  We are planning to remove the current computer lab furniture and to replace it with the study cubes from the 4th floor.
We have set up two cubes on the 2nd floor.  They are two different heights.  Please stop by and try sitting in them and leave your thoughts on one of the flip charts provided.  Do you like the taller or the shorter design?  Note that the ugly upright poles will be replaced during the final move. Also note that the computer lab area will soon be filled with cubes at the chosen height.
Remember that we expect the 4th floor to be closed for all use in mid-March.
Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions, question and concerns.

Gary Freiburger, Library Director

AHSL Remodel 2015

4th Floor Update #3 (revised 5:30 PM 2/11)

Feb 11, 2015

On Friday, February 13, carpenters will be working on one of the columns on the 4th floor.  Although work is expected to be done early in the morning, it may be noisy.  It should not take long.  However, depending on the results of this test, the "shells" around all of the columns on the 4th floor may be removed very soon.  Students may continue to use the 4th floor during and after this work.

On Monday, February 16 work will begin on the 3rd floor to construct new individual and group study rooms.  These rooms will be located at the west end of the floor, "under" the current group study rooms on the 4th floor.

4th Floor Update #2

Feb 3, 2015

After the recent rains an unpleasant, musty smell has permeated the 4th floor group study rooms.  We are working with campus Risk Management, Housekeeping and Facilities Management to find a solution as quickly as possible so that these rooms can again be suitable and available for study.

Current plans are for office construction to begin on the 4th floor to begin in mid-March.  We will try to keep the floor available until then, however there may be engineers, architects and interior designers moving around the floor from time to time.

We hope that construction on eleven new study rooms on the third floor will begin soon and that it will be completed before the mid-March closure of the 4th floor.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns (or compliments) I would like to hear from you at or in my office on the ground floor of the library.

- Gary Freiburger, Director

4th Floor Update

Jan 22, 2015

Over the last year the number of AHSC faculty and staff involved in supporting research has jumped.  In addition the plans of Banner Healthcare to build a new hospital have the potential to displace many clinical faculty and departments.  These situations have contributed to an already critical shortage of office space.  For these reasons the AHSC administration has been forced to look at all options for making optimal use of space on campus.


Jul 28, 2014

Welcome or welcome back to campus!  We in the library look forward to meeting you and working with you. 

We’ve continued to spruce up the study space in the library over the summer.  The old lounge chairs have been replaced with new ones scattered around the building.  Those who were here last semester may not have noticed the new chairs or the new doors on the third and fourth floors of the library, meant to keep noise from leaking into study areas from the elevator lobby.  Remember that the fourth floor is reserved for AHSC students.  In addition to the eight study rooms we now have 48 study “cubes” and 22 new study tables up there.  For those who want to be surrounded by books and journals, the third floor has additional study cubes and study tables.  As always, if you are bothered by noise in the study areas please notify the desk staff ASAP!

The library and research?

Jun 18, 2014

Both UA President Hart and Senior Vice President Garcia have made it clear that a primary goal of the university is to increase the amount of research being carried out at the university.  How can the library advance this goal?  AHSL librarians have spent several months discussing how we can better support research on campus.  We have interviewed seventeen people from around campus including Associate Vice Presidents, Associate Deans, faculty researchers, research office staff and our own librarians and staff.

We have learned that many of our services already contribute to the success of the university’s research mission.  Our librarians conduct in-depth literature reviews.  Not only is a literature search a vital part of any grant application but it can also help to identify potential research partners or uncover potential new directions for research.

Be our guest!

May 2, 2014


From now until mid-June we know that you will be studying for exams and Boards.  Please help yourself to coffee, tea and cookies in the library lobby each evening until May 14.

Our 4th floor is now reserved for AHSC students. In addition to the eight group study rooms we now have forty-eight powered individual study cubes and twenty-two powered study tables. In addition the “purple” silent study room has over twenty-five seats available and is accessible only with an AHSC CatCard.

We also have the thirty-six powered study cubes on the 3rd floor and over forty seats at study tables available.

For those who do not want or need an overly quiet space there are a large number of study seats on the 2nd floor in addition to over 20 group study rooms.

We have also extended our hours to be open until midnight every day from May 1 through June 19.

Please let us know what we can do to improve your study experience.

VETS Center in the library

Mar 31, 2014

On April 10 from 4-5 PM we celebrated the grand opening of the VETS (Veterans Education and Transition Services) Center in the Arizona Health Sciences Library.  The center is located in the “Java City” area of the library.  The VETS Center is open to all veterans, both students and veterans in the community.  It is a meeting place and a place where veterans can get information on benefits and various programs available to them.

The number of veterans returning to higher education has increased and is expected to grow.  The university is committed to helping veterans achieve success and to create a climate that is welcoming and inclusive of their unique talents and experiences.

The AHSL VETS Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30-5:00 and is staffed by trained student vets who are knowledgeable about the campus.

 - Gary Freiburger, Director