This guide provides information about services and support that the Health Sciences Library can offer community groups, as well as describes past and present collaborations with them.

About the Library

Community Engagement



The University of Virginia is a public institution supported by taxpayers and, as a result, community members have the right to access UVA libraries (see a list of them here) and their specialized databases, many of which are not available through the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library system. Due to licensing agreements, however, community members must be physically present at a UVA library in order to do so. 

The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library devotes a large percentage of its budget to health/medicine databases which are primarily used by clinicians and School of Medicine and School of Nursing students and faculty. As stated above, community members are welcome to visit HSL in-person and access them if they want more specialized information; however, for patients and their families seeking information on medical conditions, prescription medicines, medical tests, and genetics, MedlinePlus is a great option- it's also free and available wherever you have an internet connection. 

If you have questions about accessing HSL's resources, or if you'd like help with a search, please email Kimberley R. Barker, MLIS, the Librarian for Belonging & Community Engagement at

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