Dana Library’s books, with some exceptions, were moved to off-site locations the last weeks of September in preparation for the construction of the Larner Learning Commons which will include a recording studio, an upgraded multi-audience classroom, faculty development space, and an enclosed quiet study area for medical, nursing, and health sciences students. The most current and frequently circulated books will return to the library when construction is completed. The remainder of the books and all journal volumes will remain off-site permanently.
Library staff, resources, and services are all available, but the process of finding and checking out print books from the library has changed. Instead of going to the stacks to find items, borrowers need to identify desired books in the online catalog first. Next, they fill out an online form to request retrieval of the books from an off-site Annex. Library courier services retrieve books from their external locations and bring them to the Dana Library Monday through Friday for pick-up.
Students, faculty, and staff find e-books and all print books through the library’s discovery tools: CATQuest and the Classic Catalog, both available on the Dana Website. For best results, the Library recommends using CATQuest to get a print book. Contact the Dana Main Desk by email or by phone at 656-2200 for assistance navigating library services.
Many books and textbooks can be accessed electronically (as e-books) through CATQuest. There are over 2,000 electronic books in medical, nursing, and heath professional topics in the database. The print texts are still wanted and used by many in our community. Over 6,000 print books were checked out from Dana in 2015-2016.
Books specifically needed for classes in medicine, nursing and health sciences are staying in the library. These include:
- Books on Reserve for courses (ask for these at the Main Desk)
- USMLE Board preparation books
- Radiology textbooks
- Recent acquisitions
- Current issues of selected print periodicals
- Media (DVDs)
- The Medical History collection
The most used and recent portions of the Dana print collection will come back to the library when the construction is completed in May 2017. In the meantime, the loan period for books has been extended. All websites, electronic journals and databases are available through the Dana website , UVM Medical Center intranet, and COMET as usual.
Please stay tuned for updates on this process. For questions or concerns, contact Marianne Burke, Director, at 656-3483.