About the Library - Synopsis

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The Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library Synopsis

The Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL) is a modern 78,000 net square feet facility, dedicated in April 1994. The construction of this award-winning library building was made possible by a gift from Vanderbilt Alumnus Irwin Eskind and his wife, Annette. The library provides access to materials and services to support Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) achieving its teaching, research, and service missions. To facilitate information access at the point of need, EBL's practice philosophy centers on the provision of electronic resources related to medicine, nursing and the biosciences and services that integrate evidence seamlessly into VUMC workflow. EBL's comprehensive and multidimensional Digital Library offers instant and targeted access to online books, journals, databases and websites. Through this portal, EBL provides access to over 3,800 full-text electronic journal titles, a number that is continually expanding. It also makes available seminal online texts (e.g. Harrison's Online and Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics) in a wide range of biomedical specialties. In addition, EBL offers the Books@Ovid collection of 400 titles. Customized portals such as the Research Digital Library and the Nursing Digital Library provide targeted information resources and services to specific VUMC communities.

For materials not available in digital format or of historical value, the library maintains a print collection of over 190,000 volumes, of which about 70,000 are monographs and about 120,000 are serials. The library receives 5 print serial titles and has a small collection of audiovisual material. Most materials are shelved in open stacks and are available to users through Acorn, the library's web-based catalog. A unique collection of rare books, photographs and historical items can be found in the Historical Collections Room. The EBL Medical Center Archives is a repository for manuscripts and institutional records reflecting the history of the Medical Center and the history of medicine.

The library has also established a Patient Informatics Consult Service (PICS) program to provide VUMC patients and their families with the latest in health information including comprehensive information packets tailored to patient needs as well as access to the EBL's consumer health materials collection, and in-house developed Consumer Health Digital Library.

Through synchronous services (Library Information Desk, SearchDoc, the Librarian On Call, and Learning Site), staff expertise is available electronically 24/7. Online knowledge modules provide 24-hour interactive instruction in health science resources and bibliographic management tools. Other services include circulation of books, management of reserve materials, interlibrary loan and document delivery to obtain material not currently held by the library, reference and research services, and guidance in the use of new information technologies.

Last updated: January 21, 2014