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Welcome to the Sparks Library!  

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Last Updated: Sep 23, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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How To Use This Guide

Use the green tabs above to navigate to your clerkship or topic of interest.  Some of the tabs may include drop-down boxes (indicated by a downward-pointing arrow on the tab) to further direct your choice.  Mouse over a tab to display a brief description of what you can expect to find there.


General Information

The Library is available 24/7 to all medical students, pharmacy students, family medicine residents, full-time faculty, and some volunteer faculty physicians. Library staff (one professional librarian and one library assistant) are available Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. If individual instructional/refresher sessions are needed on the use of library resources, please speak with one of the library staff or call 256-551-4400 for assistance. 

An in-house print collection of the most current core clinical textbooks is available in all clinical specialties offered on the Huntsville Campus. Check-out of these materials is allowed by medical students, residents, and faculty. The Audio-Digest Foundation's CD-ROM series in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, and surgery are available for check out. Approximately 30 print journal subscriptions are maintained for in-house use. A display shelf with the most current issue of several of the journal subscriptions is conveniently located near the library entrance. Bound volumes of back issues for current and non-active journal subscriptions are located on the journal stacks and in a separate storage area.  A current print holdings list is available. Please see the library staff if a bound volume/journal issue you need is shelved in the storage area.  





1.  Don't pay for articles!  Even if you have your own interlibrary loan account with Birmingham, bring the citations you can't find to us.  

2.  Ask us!  We are here for you.  If we don't know the answer, we can find out who does.


How to Check out Books/CDs

How To Check Out Books & CDs on the Self-Serve Computer

Please Note: If you have not yet filled out your sign-up form, you will need to do that before you can check out library materials! 

Go to the self-serve computer at the front desk and log in where it says “Please identify yourself.” Your ID is:

Your last name

The last 4 digits of your SSN

A lowercase “h” (for “Huntsville”)

      (example: smith7273h)

Take the barcode scanner, press and hold the button on the bottom, and sweep it over the “Lister Hill Library” barcode on the top back cover of the book or front of the CD. If you hear a beep, checkout is successful and you are ready to scan your next item. If you do not hear a beep, it has not been checked out! Use the mouse to press “Quit” when you are done checking out.

In the event of a technical problem with the self-serve computer, you should fill out the blue card that is in the back pocket of the book (or photocopy a CD with your name), and leave it at the front desk.



Can I bring food into the library?

Yes.  You are welcome to bring food and drinks into the library!  Please clean up after yourself and let someone know if there has been a spill. 

Do I have to pay for photocopies or printing?

There is no charge for student/resident/faculty printing from the library computer lab, but please use your good judgement.  Paper and ink aren't free.  Photocopies for school use are free. You select the black binder in the photocopy room that corresponds to your current clerkship, use the 4-digit code, and record the requested information (name, clerkship and number of copies) in the binder.  Copies for personal (non-UAB) use are $.10 each.  The photocopier will accept $1.00 bills.  Unfortunately, the library cannot make change.

Can I use my cell phone?

As long as you are aware that other people might be studying.  Take extended or noisy calls outside in the lobby area.

What if I know what article I want, but I can't get it electronically?

Bring your citation to the library staff.  We'll get it for you, at no charge to you. You won't ever have to pay for an article.

I forgot how to use one of the electronic resources, or need to know which resource is best for my project.  What can I do?

Call 256-551-4400 to set up an appointment for a refresher session with the librarian or, if it's an emergency need, immediate assistance may be provided over the phone, by email, or in the library.  

I need information other than articles.  Where can I go?

It depends on what you are looking for.  You can check the Lister Hill Library Databases page for a listing of the electronic resources that are available to you.   If you don't find what you want there, you can always call the library or email the library staff.


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