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Health Sciences Library News:

November hours, Sidewalk closings, New study spaces and More!

Sidewalks on South Side of Library Closed
The sidewalks and stairs around the Health Sciences Library on the south side, between MacNider and the library, and down S. Columbia Street toward the dental school buildings, will be closed for several months. This is necessary to allow the contractor to use the south entrances to the library during the demolition and renovation of our upper floors.

Access and handicapped access at the north end of the building will be maintained, and
the current entrance facing MacNider will remain open until further notice.

Journals Are Back
ALL journals are back in the library! Bound journals are in the basement in our new compact shelving. Current journals are on the first floor.

Books published before 1992 will return when the renovation is complete in 2004. These books can be retrieved from storage upon request in 2-3 business days.

Work and Study at the Library
The library has 4 new group study rooms, 16 public computers, and comfortable seating throughout the first floor and basement. Study rooms have whiteboards and are equipped for viewing audiovisual materials. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the library so you can work online using your laptop.

Media Kitchen Open by Appointment
Call 962-0601 to reserve time in our media kitchen & get help using media development software, such as Adobe products. Self-help Media Kitchens will be available when renovation is finished.

November Holiday Hours
Wednesday 26th- 7:30am-6pm
Thursday 27th- Closed (Thanksgiving)
Friday 28th- 11am-6pm
Saturday 29th- 11am-5pm
Sunday 30th- 11am-11pm

The Health Sciences Library will be featured on the UNC-TV program,
North Carolina Now, currently scheduled to be aired November 5, 2003 at 7:30 pm
The program features the Library's role in serving the health information needs of the public and the
Library's new website, NC Health Info. ( We hope you'll tune in to your local PBS station!

Meet the Author: Dr. Neil Shulman - December 4
Dr. Neil Shulman, author of Your Body, Your Health, will be visiting the library as a part of his whirlwind visit to Chapel Hill. Dr. Shulman uses humor to share his advocacy for improving patient communications and increasing health literacy. He is perhaps best known for his book, Doc Hollywood, which was made into a movie starring Michael J. Fox.
More details on this event are forthcoming.

Improving Health Literacy
Did you know that limited literacy is a stronger predictor of health status than age, income, employment status, education level, and racial or ethnic group? Based on results of the National Adult Literacy Survey, half of your patients may not be able to read, understand, and make effective use of health information. The Health Sciences Library can provide in-service training on Health Literacy for your staff. Get in touch with Jean Blackwell (, 919-966-0958) for more information.

Ask A Librarian
Help is only a click away! Receive assistance from our library staff by phone, by email, or through Live Online Help.

Posted: 04/29/2010