The primary objective of the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library is to support the research, teaching, and clinical practice needs of the University of Michigan’s Medical School; Schools of Dentistry, Nursing, Kinesiology, and Public Health; College of Pharmacy; and the hospitals and institutes of Michigan Medicine. The health sciences collection covers a wide range of disciplines focusing on research, academic, and clinical literature, with an emphasis on journals and databases. Our purpose is to deliver high-quality health and biomedical information services to the academic health sciences schools, basic and clinical research, bioinformatics and clinical translational science, and Michigan Medicine.
Current textbooks and journals of the health sciences collection are electronic only, with a historical print collection containing over 590,000 volumes located at an offsite shelving facility. The kinesiology print collection is shelved at the Hatcher Graduate Library. We also have a satellite location to meet the information needs of interdisciplinary academic researchers and industry-based partners at the North Campus Research Complex. Our book collection is 46% digital and our journal titles are 99.84% electronic. Taubman provides access to nearly 6,000 current serials, over 115 databases, and an estimated 179,000 ebooks. The collection also includes multiple clinical support tools like Dynamed Plus, Nursing Reference Center Plus, and an Anatomage virtual resource for studying and learning anatomy. In addition to its extensive content, part of the collection’s strength is its accessibility to users regardless of their location or device. The Library is both a working and a historical collection. Its contents reflect the current state of knowledge and practice in each successive period, thus preserving a record of both scientific and cultural development in the health sciences.
The Special Collections Library also contains two collections of related interest in the health sciences. One is the Bradford Homeopathy Collection, comprised of over one thousand pamphlets that detail 75 years of the history and development of the field of homeopathic medicine. Along with the other holdings in this area, this constitutes one of the most complete collections on the subject of homeopathy, most of which has been digitized. Another is the History of Medicine, a collection of more than 8,500 medical works and artifacts from late antiquity through the 20th century, including magical amulets, incunabula, and medical “fugitive sheets,” similar to pop-up books for the study of human anatomy.