Lewis Library Description for Grant Writers - Fall 2016

The Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library supports the educational, research, patient care, and community service missions of the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) by meeting the information needs of faculty, students, staff, and the local health sciences community.  The library provides a full complement of services, including access to scholarly bibliographic resources, borrowing privileges, use of individual and group study areas, photocopying and printing, document delivery/interlibrary loan, expert instruction in the use of information resources, and access to professionally trained librarians for reference and literature search assistance.  The library also offers two computer labs outfitted with up-to-date hardware and software used in both teaching and research on campus.

Lewis Library’s staff of 29 FTE employees, including 16 professional librarians, provides in-person assistance for 109 hours per week. Each of the library’s three floors is available for student and faculty use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The library’s scholarly collection contains approximately 11,000 electronic journals, 14,700 print and electronic books, and 119 searchable databases in the biomedical sciences, clinical medicine, public health, and affiliated fields.  All electronic resources can be accessed through the Lewis Library web site at http://library.hsc.unt.edu and are available to UNTHSC students, staff, and faculty from anywhere in the world at any time of the day and night. 

Lewis Library also maintains the UNTHSC Scholarly Repository, an online resource that preserves intellectual works created by UNTHSC faculty, staff, and students and enables discovery of these works to the international scientific community.  You can view repository items, including student theses and dissertations, at http://digitalcommons.hsc.unt.edu/.  In addition to working on the cutting edge of digital content creation and preservation, Lewis Library operates a special collections operation consisting of a rare book collection and a functioning archive operation.  These print-based collections give users the opportunity to access historical material in osteopathic and physical medicine and items related to the founding and operation of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Lewis Library uses an online system from SirsiDynix to acquire, process, and provide access to its collections.  Students and faculty may obtain books and journals not owned by the library using the ILLiad web-based order and delivery system.  Lewis Library has been a resource library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine since 1991 and is also a member of the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium, a group of 16 academic medical/health science center libraries in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico.  Additionally, the library participates in TexShare, a state of Texas cooperative library program.  TexShare allows UNTHSC students, staff, and faculty physical access to and borrowing privileges from all public libraries as well as various public and private institutions of higher education in Texas.  As a member of the University of North Texas System, the library is able to gain access to a wide array of electronic resources outside the health sciences. The library’s participation in these collaborative endeavors ensures that UNTHSC students and faculty have access to the world of information beyond the walls of Lewis Library.

Lewis Library has been the home of the Regional Medical Library (RML) for the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM SCR) since May 2016. The library’s service as the RML is based on a National Institutes of Health award, Cooperative Agreement 1UG4LM012345-01.  As a unit of the National Library of Medicine, the NN/LM SCR aims to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health through increased access to health information within the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  The RML extends the services and programs of the NN/LM and the National Library of Medicine by partnering with health information agencies and organizations, public health entities, community based organizations, libraries, and the general public to offer outreach, funding opportunities, and educational programming throughout the region.