About the Library

Facts & Figures

About our Library

Historical Highlights

1825 First medical books purchased by Thomas Jefferson, housed in Rotunda
1837-39 Medical books housed in Anatomical Theater
1895 All medical books lost in Rotunda Fire; donations of new books help rebuild collection
1975 Current library building completed, incorporating Medical Library and Nursing Library
1989 Library card catalog computerized; Library offers miniMEDLINE
1992 Library installs full MEDLINE, subsequently other OVID databases
1992 Library computer classroom dedicated
1992 Outreach information services begun in southwestern and western Virginia
1996 Next generation library system implemented - SIRSI and Webcat
1996 Library building expansion and renovation funds obtained
1996 Library assumes responsibility for managing the Health System Web site
1997 OVID Web Gateway established
1998 Electronic journals and online textbooks added
1999 Renovation and expansion begins
2002 Library building renovation completed

Completion of the Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection website

2004 Liaison program expanded to include hospital-based departments
2005 Linda Watson leaves and Gretchen Arnold is appointed Interim Director & Assoc. Dean
2005 Class of 1955 generously donates $250,000 to the library
2006 13 group study rooms are carved out of the space formerly occupied by the books
2009 All library print materials are moved to compact shelving in the Cabell Room
2009 Reference Desk is retired.  Library operates with one service desk.
2010 The library begins lending iPads
2010 Library expands after hours area
2010 Library's Facebook page is launched
2011 First Thursdays in the Library series runs monthly through 2012, then returns in 2014 
2012 BioConnector opens on the first floor of the library to promote collaborations
2013 Library partners with Public Health Sciences to create a trial PHS@TheLibrary service
2013 Library purchases a 3D printer

Library opens 6 new study rooms in after-hours space

2014 Library enters the world of digital health and begins lending Fitbits.

Library opens Patient & Family Library in lobby of the University Hospital

2016 Library offers former staff office space to UVA Hospital for use as their Be Safe Situation Room
2017 Library introduces the MILL, a suite of spaces designed to promote innovative thinking and creation

Library serves as a Family Assistance Center to support Health System response to August 12 tragic events


Patient & Family Library closes and space is turned over to Patient & Guest Services

2020 Gretchen Arnold makes the call to close the Library midway through the day on Wednesday, March 18th due to the pandemic.
2020 Library re-opens on Monday, May 18th, with reduced seating and services.  Service Desk hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.  


Quick Facts

9,025 Primary Users Served
99.5 Hours Open per Week
15.6 Personnel - Faculty
24.8 Personnel - Staff
129,935 Book and Journal Volumes
1,104 Current Print Serial Subscriptions
2,525 Current Electronic Journals
69,435 ft2 Space (Gross)
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Charlottesville, VA 22908 (Directions)

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