BUSM Library Resources

The Alumni Medical Library is located on the 11th, 12th, and 13th floors of the Instructional Building and serves the Boston University Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Public Health, the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, and Boston Medical Center. The dual-purpose, 220-seat L-1101 Testing Center serves as student study space when exams are not scheduled.

Medical Library holdings include extensive electronic collections comprised of 6,851 e-journals, 12,603 e-books, 346 databases, and 123 web-based Subject Guides. The print collection consists of 26,110 monographs available in the circulating, reference, and course reserves stacks. Medical Campus library users have access to the University Libraries’ electronic/digital collections comprised of 111,406 serials, 2 million+ e-books, 49,454 media titles, and 722 databases. The University Libraries’ physical collections include holdings of more than 1.9 million books, 248,885 serial titles, and 152,099 media titles located at the Mugar, Science/Engineering, and other BU libraries.

Electronic full-text journal collections include Elsevier ScienceDirect, Wiley InterScience, Mary Ann Liebert, Springer, and Nature Publishing packages. E-book collections include McGraw-Hill AccessMedicine, McGraw-Hill AccessSurgery, STAT!Ref, Springer Medicine, Biomedical & Life Sciences collections, American Psychiatric Association Psychiatry Online Library, and OVID LWW Basic and Anatomical Sciences. Databases include MEDLINE, Web of Science, Embase, Biological Abstracts, Natural Standard, PsycINFO, AnatomyOne, and VH Dissector. Evidence-based medicine resources include ACP Journal Club, BMJ Clinical Evidence, Cochrane Library, DynaMed, and JAMA Evidence.

Journal articles and books not owned by the Alumni Medical Library may be obtained through the Interlibrary Loan Service network, which links Boston University to the National Library of Medicine and to academic and medical libraries around the United States and worldwide. The library also participates in a cooperative agreement with 17 New England university and academic medical center libraries as part of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC). The Alumni Medical Library offers a BLC Interlibrary Loan service, which allows current BU students, faculty, and staff to borrow books directly from the BLC free of charge. BUMC patrons can also request books free-of-charge from BU libraries on the Charles River Campus via an Intra-Library Request online form. And Boston University School of Medicine students and faculty have access to the Harvard Countway Library through its dual role as the Boston Medical Library.

BUMC librarians provide a broad range of educational programming, including BUSM I and II Integrated Problems, and Family Medicine Clerkship curriculum-integrated information retrieval, evaluation, and management skills classes. Librarians also co-teach a 2-credit GMS Introduction to Biomedical Information course. The Library’s Education program emphasizes lifelong learning, information literacy, and skills specific to searching, critically evaluating, and managing information. Reference/research services are available at the Reference Desk, by appointment and via refquest@bu.edu.

The Alumni Medical Library’s information infrastructure includes 860 power connections, including 307 connections in the new dual purpose L-1101 Testing Center and study space. The Medical Library provides 139 ethernet connections and 28 wireless access points for laptops throughout the library, classrooms, and computing labs. The library provides 99 student computers in 4 computer classrooms and 58 computers in 2 public computing areas, as well as 20 student laptop loaners and 4 proctor laptop loaners. Classroom resources include SmartSync, Sympodium, Smartboards, and other peripheral equipment. Public, classroom and loaner computers contain Microsoft Office 2016 (for both PCs and Macs), bibliographic and knowledge bases, e-journal and e-book collections, the BU Libraries Search catalog, internet, and evidence-based and other information resources. Adobe CS6 Master Collection is available on one PC and one Mac L-12 public computers. Laser printers, scanners, and photocopiers are provided in multiple library locations. Printing is also available in McNary R-107 and the L-basement.

Library computing staff support courses requiring technology integration, and also provide student laptop software and hardware support services. Student laptop support includes software installation, wireless printing, VPN client configuration, Windows and Mac updates, virus scanning software updates, and removal of viruses and spyware.