Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences

The Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, established in 1945, is the largest biomedical library in Alabama and one of the leading such libraries in the South. It serves as a resource library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for the Southeast/Atlantic Region. Its collections span 7 centuries of knowledge, from 13,000 volumes of rare historical books to approximately 1,500 print and thousands of electronic journal subscriptions. Books, bound journals, microforms, and other media total approximately 350,000 volumes relating to medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, allied health sciences, public health, and the basic biomedical sciences.

Reynolds Historical Library

The Reynolds Historical Library was a gift of Dr. Lawrence Reynolds, a distinguished radiologist and editor. The collection includes ivory anatomical manikins, 30 incunabula original manuscripts, and rare medical and scientific books.

Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences

The museum contains memorabilia from Alabama physicians, dentists, nurses, and optometrists, which present a history of the health sciences in Alabama since the time Alabama became a state.

Lister Hill Library at University Hospital

The Lister Hill Library maintains a small collection in the University Hospital West Pavilion to serve the clinical staff of the hospital. It includes 400 textbooks and 89 current subscriptions of the most frequently used journals. Photocopiers are available.

For more information about any of Lister Hill Library’s services and facilities, please call 205-934-5460 (Administration) or 205-934-2230 (Information), or visit (

Mervyn H. Sterne Library

The Mervyn H. Sterne Library is located at 917 South 13th Street. Named in memory of the late Birmingham philanthropist and civic leader Mervyn H. Sterne shortly after it opened in 1973, the facility has special collections, seminar rooms, group study rooms, lockable study carrels, computers, color and black and white printers, copiers, and seating for 1,350 users. Sterne Library houses a collection of more than a million items selected to support teaching and research at UAB. In addition to books and periodical subscriptions, the collection consists of microforms and other print and non-print materials. Sterne Library provides electronic access to the contents of over 35,044 serials and 72,000 electronic books.

Sterne Library’s Web site is a portal to everything library related. The online catalog provides rapid access to the Sterne Library collection as well as other major library collections in Alabama. There are many resources on Sterne Library’s Web site, such as subject- and course-specific research guides and a list of FAQs.

The first floor of Sterne Library was renovated in 2010 to make it even more patron-friendly. The Library now has additional computers, collaborative study spaces, more group study rooms, the University Writing Center, and a Starbucks. Sterne Library is open until 2:00 A.M. most days, and during final exams, it is open for 24-hour periods to accommodate students’ late hours. See Sterne Library’s home page for the week’s hours of operation.

Reference services are provided by general and subject-specialist librarians. The Reference Desk is staffed during most library hours to assist patrons in identifying and locating materials and information. Reference services include research assistance, citation clinics, scheduled classes, help locating and using microforms, and interlibrary loan.

The User Services Department, through its automated circulation system, tracks materials continuously and can determine the location or status of a book. This department is also responsible for managing the individual and group study rooms. The Reserve Desk circulates high-use materials placed on reserve by instructors.

Through reciprocal borrowing agreements, UAB students and faculty may use library facilities at a number of other colleges and universities in the area. For additional information, inquire at the Reference or Circulation Desks.

For more information about any of Mervyn H. Sterne Library’s services and facilities, please call 205-934-6360 (Administration), 205-934-6364 (Reference Services), 205-934-4338 (User Services), or visit the Sterne Library Web site (

Student Housing and Residential Life

Student residence halls, centrally located on campus, are within walking distance of all classroom buildings, libraries, and the Medical Center.

To live in student housing, you must be admitted to UAB and be in good standing. “Good standing” means you are not on academic or disciplinary suspension. You must be enrolled for 12 credit hours as an undergraduate student or 9 credit hours as a graduate student each semester. (Summer semester is treated differently.) You will be required to satisfy these eligibility standards throughout the term of your student housing contract, and you must inform UAB Student Housing and Residential Life if your status changes.

UAB housing communities are designed to give you a sense of security 24 hours a day. A supervisor and five officers from the UAB Police’s special Student Housing Police Precinct routinely patrol the residence halls and parking areas on both foot and bicycle. Officers interact with students and conduct programs and activities to help residents prevent crime. All halls have front desks manned 24 hours a day. All guests must show a photo ID, sign in, and be escorted by a resident of the building before they can pass the front desk. After dark, a designated UAB escort can accompany you to any on-campus destination by foot or in a marked vehicle.

To live in student housing, professional students, interns, residents, and postdoctoral fellows must be verified by their departments. Postdoctoral fellows must have a UAB classification of 20. Married students may live in apartments in Camp or Denman halls if they meet certain eligibility requirements. UAB will require a copy of the marriage license to verify the relationship.

Additional information concerning residential life and an application for housing may be obtained online through the UAB web site

Because housing at UAB is limited, students should apply as early as possible in order to improve chances of getting the desired housing options.

Student Health and Insurance Programs

Student Health Service

The fee for participation in the Student Health Service plan is $90 per semester or summer session and $270 for a full year including the summer session.

Participation is required for all students in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Joint Health Sciences, Public Health, Optometry, Health Professions, all international students, and students in the following programs: Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. Students in the preceding areas are also required to have major medical insurance to cover hospital, emergency room, specialty care referrals, and lab/x-ray costs which are not included in the basic Student Health plan.

Because preventive medicine is emphasized by the Student Health Service, information on medical matters of interest to students is offered. The service maintains a professional relationship with the student, and strictest confidentiality is maintained. Students in need of counseling services should contact the Counseling and Wellness Center (205-934-5816).

Hospital and Major Medical Insurance Programs

Hospitalization and major medical insurance coverage is available at attractive rates to students enrolled in the Student Health Service. Spouses and children of eligible graduate students may also obtain coverage under this policy at a proportionate increase in premium.

Students who are already covered by hospitalization insurance that offers coverage equivalent to that in the UAB student hospitalization policy may sign a waiver to this effect and not be required to take the UAB policy. Failure to sign and file a waiver with the Student Health Service will result in automatic coverage with Student Health Service insurance, and the student will be billed.

Health Forms, and Insurance Information.

For all students who will be participating in the Student Health Service, the application for student insurance OR waiver of insurance plan (this waiver is printed in red ink) must be completed and sent to Student Health Service.

The Certificate of Immunization Form must be completed by all students and returned to the Graduate School office.

For additional information on UAB's Student Health Service and group hospital insurance plan, students should contact UAB Student Health Service, Suite 301, Community Health Service Building, 933 South 19th Street, Birmingham, Alabama 35294-2041 (telephone 205-934-3580

Student Dental Health Program

A Student Dental Health Program is available to students enrolled in the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Optometry. For more information, come by room 245 of the School of Dentistry at 1919 7th Avenue South or call 934-5234 after noon.

The UAB Dental Clinics offer low-cost care for students and community residents, while providing training for dental students. To register, go to the clinics between the hours of 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 1:00-2:30 p.m. The Dental Clinics are on the ground floor of the School of Dentistry Building at 1919 7th Avenue South or call 934-3000.

Student Development

Student Development comprises TRIO Academic Services, Career Services, Disability Support Services, Veterans Services, Testing Office, Counseling and Wellness Services, and Women’s Services. 

If you are a first-generation college student, have a disability, or meet federal income requirements, you might be eligible for free support services and incentives created to help you achieve your goal of graduating in four years. UAB’s TRIO Academic Services (TAS) is a Student Support Services program that is a part of a network of TRIO programs fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The mission of TAS is to provide academic and personal support to help participants be successful as they pursue their educational goals at UAB. Contact 205-934-2729 or for detailed information.

UAB Career Services provides programs and services that help students to identify, refine, and pursue career aspirations. Services are extended to students from the moment of admission to UAB, continues on throughout enrollment at UAB, and continues on after graduation. Some services and programs include career counseling, career fairs, resource library, on-campus interviews, seminars, job listings, career assessments, and career information briefs. More information is located at the Web site,

UAB is committed to making its academic programs and services accessible to students with disabilities. Qualified students with disabilities are protected from discrimination based on their disability, as guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Contact the UAB Disability Support Services office at, (205) 934-4205 (Voice), or (205) 934-4248 (TDD) for details.

The Office of Veterans Services works closely with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer various entitlement programs to students who have served in the military on active duty, are members of the selected Reserves/National Guard, or are dependents of a veteran who has a service-related disability or who died while in the military. Contact or 205-934-8804 for more information.

UAB Testing Center administers graduate examinations, correspondence exams, and professional certification/licensure exams (e.g. ACT, APTTP, CLEP, DSST, GRE, MAT, MCAT, PRAXIS, SAT, TSE). Contact 205-934-3704 or for more information.

It is the goal of Counseling and Wellness Services to encourage students as they resolve problem areas and to help them cope with difficulties they are presently experiencing. Counselors are interested in supporting students as they find solutions. It is the role of the counselor is to listen, attempt to understand personal perspectives, and to be helpful to the fullest extent of his or her professional training. It is the client's responsibility to help the counselor learn about his or her life situation, thoughts, and feelings, and to have the courage to try to master identified problem areas. For more information about the Counseling and Wellness Center, call 205-934-5816.

The Women's Counseling Services offers personal (non-academic) counseling services to currently enrolled UAB students. These services are confidential, are provided by a Licensed Professional Counselor, and are free of charge to all UAB students. Issues dealt with by the Women's Center Counselor include (but are not restricted to) eating disorders, relationship problems, sexual assault and abuse, sexual harassment, and stress management. Personal counseling is the primary component of the Women's Center's services. For more information about the Women’s Center, call 205-934-6946.

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