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Search the Catalog to see if the Library owns a particular book, journal title, or audiovisual. Search E-Books for online books.  For a listing of the library's electronic journal holdings search the E-Journals list.

Books & Dissertations

The best option for finding books in the library's collection is the Catalog. Most of the books in Lister Hill Library are shelved according to the NLM subject classification scheme (National Library of Medicine) [NLM Classification Summary].

Other Special Collections/Locations include: E-books, Alabama, Cunningham, Fletcher, Oversize, Reference, Reserve, Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, University Archives, and University Hospital. For more information, ask at the HUB or call (205) 934-2230.

Dissertations, now received only in electronic format, can also be found in the library Catalog and in Electronic Theses & Dissertations.


In addition to the online catalog, the library provides access to a number of major health-oriented databases. To access these, use the Databases link from the home page. More detailed information on all the individual databases is available from that document. Anyone can use a public workstation with the Library. Remote (off-campus) access options are available and free to UAB faculty, staff, and students through the web page. Note that remote access requires use of a BlazerID and password. License agreements restrict remote electronic access to most of the library's purchased resources to current UAB faculty, staff, and students; however, a number of quality free health information resources may also help.

Electronic Full Text Journals

Lister Hill Library provides access to many journals. Most of the journals are online only, with a minority only sold to us as "electronic including a print copy." Full-text journals are noted in the Catalog. In addition, a full list of electronic full-text journals is also provided. Access to the full text for most of these journals is available anywhere in the world to current UAB faculty, staff, and students using their BlazerID and password. All can be accessed by walk-in users to the library by using a public computer within the library. Copyright limitations and publisher licensing restrictions frequently restrict access to the full text of the articles.

Gift Policy

The Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences appreciates the interest that prospective donors show in the Library. The library will gladly consider accepting donations of books, but we are no longer accepting journals and audiovisual materials. Prior to receiving the material, the prospective donor is asked to call (205) 934-2299 or (205) 934-2461 and schedule a time to deliver the books. The donor is then responsible for transporting all donated material to the library. At the request of the donor, the Library will formalize the receipt of the gift(s) with a Gift Acknowledgment Letter. IRS regulations prohibit the library staff from assigning a value to the gifts received.

[Revised: Nov 6, 2014]

If you have any questions about the library's gift policy, then please contact us using the library's Content Management Form.


Audiovisual material is located in the open stacks. Search the Catalog using the keyword video* to determine what we own and its availability.

Print Journals

Journals can be identified using the Catalog; however, to identify journal articles by subject, author, etc., any of a number of different databases or traditional paper indexes are available.

Print journals are no longer available for users to retrieve on their own.  Request copies of articles in these journals via ILLiad.

Purchase Recommendation

The library welcomes and encourages purchase requests!


If you have questions about the library collection, then please contact us using the library's Content Management Form.