Press Release Headlines Names the 25 Most Impressive University Medical School Libraries

List intended to help prospective students recognize distinguishing characteristics of the elite medical libraries around the world

WILMINGTON, Del., April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — has published a list entitled "The 25 Most Impressive University Medical School Libraries," including facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia. The website's editors selected the libraries to present a curated listing of selected university medical school libraries based on number of holdings, variety of useful resources, and unique or striking architecture and design.

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"From course work to research to residencies, medical students are likely spend more time in the library than they do at home," said editor Marianna Chara. "It's vital, then, to know not just about a university's curriculum and tuition, but also about its library's collections, special holdings, research support, digital resources, and even the design of its study areas."

This list attempts to classify and highlight some of the world's top medical school libraries, as well as provide a guideline for students who need to know what to expect from a university medical school library.

The list includes libraries throughout the United States, from Lane Medical Library and Knowledge Management Center at Stanford University School of Medicine, and the Parnassus and Mission Bay Libraries at the University of California San Francisco Medical School on the west coast, to the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University School of Medicine, the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard University Medical School, and Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries at the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, in the New England region.

Moving down the Atlantic coast, New York's Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Edward G. Miner Library at University of Rochester Medical Center made the list, as did two Maryland university medical school libraries: the Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Rounding out the mid-Atlantic schools is the Ginsberg Health Sciences Library at the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

The remaining university medical school libraries span the regional United States, including Eskind Biomedical Library at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, the Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Ruth Lilly Medical Library at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The U.S. list closes with Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Library, the Arizona Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and the Health Sciences Library at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

Several European university medical school libraries are on the list, including the Medical Library at the Medical University of Vienna, Karolinska Institutet University Library in Stockholm, and The Sibbald Library at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Australia's Brownless Biomedical Library at the Medical School at University of Melbourne made the list, and Canada's Gerstein Science Information Center at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine is also featured. The National University of Singapore Medical Library at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine is the single Asian medical school library in the collection.

For more information on the history and special attributes of each chosen library, as well as pictures, please visit:

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Marianna Chara, Editor