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The University of Florida Health Science Center (HSC) Libraries are active partners in the education, research, training and clinical needs of the HSC colleges, centers and institutes, the University of Florida and the state. The HSC Libraries include two facilities – the main library on the Gainesville campus and the Borland Health Sciences Library on the Jacksonville campus – and are affiliated with the College of Veterinary Medicine Education Center  Reading Room and the Health Science Center Archives. The main HSC Library in Gainesville, founded in 1956 along with the College of Medicine, is a 55,000 square foot technology-enhanced facility whose users may access 115 publicly available computers on all three floors of the Library, including 19 big screen monitors. Free wireless access is available throughout the library, and patrons not affiliated with UF may request temporary access. In addition, there is seating and study space for a total of 720 patrons available on three floors, including 95 seats in 32 study rooms (18 individual and 14 small group study) and 100 seats in the 24/7 Blue Room Study Area. The Gainesville Library is open an average of 97.5 hours per week, and averages 32,168 visitors per month. Reference assistance and search help is provided at the Information Desk. 

Borland Library in Jacksonville has seating and study space for 102 patrons, including 4 group study rooms, 1 large presentation practice/large group study room, and 24 individual study carrels, and is also equipped with free wireless access. Patrons may use 24 public computers: 12 general stations, 10 in the electronic classroom, one scanning workstation and a large-screen monitor with specialized medical software. Borland’s combined circulation and reference desk is staffed an average of 48 hours per week.

The HSC Libraries provide services and programs to support the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions, and Veterinary Medicine; the McKnight Brain Institute; the University of Florida Genetics Institute; the Emerging Pathogens Institute; the Institute for Child and Health Policy; and the Institute of Aging; Shands HealthCare; the University of Florida/Shands Cancer Center; the University of Florida Physicians Clinics (12 primary and 21 specialty care); and the North Florida AHEC program. The HSC Libraries also support 52% ($291,000,000) of all campus research awards by providing up-to-date research content and information access and management support.

Library services include reference assistance, course-integrated library instruction, circulation, document delivery, Interlibrary loan, photocopy services, course reserves, lockers and study rooms. Computer access to electronic databases, journals and catalogs is available onsite and remotely to authorized users. Since 1999, the HSC Libraries have operated a Liaison Librarian program to facilitate partnerships with academic faculty and programs by assigning each HSC College or Department a dedicated librarian who works closely with its faculty, staff and students.

The HSC Libraries’ collection includes reference materials, journals, books, audiovisuals and electronic resources. As of June 30, 2012 the Libraries’ collection totaled 348,560 volumes with 327,143 available for immediate access, and 21,417 housed in the remote storage facility. Additionally, we have 128,169 unique monograph volumes in all formats and 17,676 serial titles in all formats (17,378 electronic and 298 print), and our users have access to 377 databases, 582,089 e-books (with 31,886 specifically health related) and 126,721 electronic journals, which are obtained through campuswide purchase, participation in statewide consortium, and Open Access Directory. Total expenditures for the collection (including contributions by HSC colleges and departments and binding) in FY11-12 was $2,142,015.

Through the HSC Libraries’ website and via the UF Libraries’ Catalog, we offer access to several thousand electronic databases and journals that include broad and specific subject areas from Anesthesiology to Zoology. In addition to access from any on-campus university computer, with few exceptions the HSC Libraries also provide off-campus access to all electronic resources to UF faculty, staff, students.  Off-site users may access electronic resources by installing VPN client software at https://vpn.ufl.edu or by logging into the EZProxy server at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/ufproxy.html