Description of the Library (for program accreditation and grant writers)
The Health Sciences Library offers seating for 339 users at tables, at carrels, and in study rooms. It houses five small-group teaching rooms. Two computer labs for 49 people are available. Computers feature SPSS and some genome browsers. Both labs have a projection system for teaching classes. Black-and-white printing and copying, color printing, and scanners are available. There is no charge for scanning. Both wired and wireless internet connectivity for laptops are available throughout the library. Vending machines are available.
The Library is open 80.5 hours per week. Remote access to the online catalog, databases, and electronic resources is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through the institution’s virtual private network (VPN) for LSU Health Shreveport students, faculty, and staff. The ground floor of the library is being remodeled into a 24-hour study area, scheduled to open in mid-2021. This remodel will increase overall library seating and student electrical access by 26%, and increase group teaching space by 40%.
The Library's collection includes 150+ databases, 1,764 electronic books, and 4,809 current electronic journals. Requests for new electronic resources are always welcome and evaluated carefully by library staff.
Through the LOUIS academic library consortium, all LSU Health Shreveport students and employees are eligible for reciprocal borrowing cards, allowing them to borrow print materials at over 40 other Louisiana academic libraries.
Interlibrary loan for materials not owned is available at no charge to students.
Librarians participate in an active liaison program to all 3 schools, residencies, and fellowships, and are available for individual consultations and group instruction.