About the Library

The Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL), is the hub of the medical center's information services and resources. With a staff of over 40, the EBL provides access to materials to support the patient care, healthcare education, and biomedical research missions of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

EBL's collection development philosophy focuses on enabling information use at the point of need. EBL provides an extensive digital library of electronic journals, books, databases and other resources, in addition to over 200,000 print volumes. To preserve biomedical history, EBL provides a unique collection of rare books, photographs and historical items in its Historical Collection, and has begun making one-of-a-kind items globally available through the Turning the Pages technology. The Medical Center Archives serves as a repository for manuscripts and institutional records that reflect the history of the medical center and the history of medicine.

EBL also facilitates the Vanderbilt community's understanding of information resources and use through customized training sessions and asynchronous assistance services. In addition to fostering information use within the medical center, the EBL provides a challenging yet supportive learning environment in which its staff build their service provision skills through a formal training program and engagement with the EBL's learning culture.