FacilitiesStudents at the UAB School of Optometry pursue their education in the most contemporary facilities within the UAB Academic Health Sciences Center The following buildings and facilities are utilized by the School of Optometry in its education, research, and service programs.
The Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering moved into a newly renovated 75,000 square foot building in October 2001. This building includes administrative offices, conference rooms, research laboratories, and related engineering facilities for faculty, scientists, staff, graduate students, and fellows working together on projects related to the identification and design of large protein molecules, exploration of space research, and nanotechnology designed to be used in space and on earth.
The School of Optometry has partnered with the School of Medicine to establish the UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation, located on the fourth floor of the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital (adjacent to the Peters Building). This Center is an interdisciplinary effort involving optometry, ophthalmology and occupational therapy in proving low vision patient care to this growing segment of the population. The center which began delivering patient care in 2002, is the only such interdisciplinary center outside of the VA system in the United States.
Volker Hall is a University facility that is used by the Schools of Optometry, Dentistry and Medicine. Basic biomedical sciences are taught in this multipurpose complex that houses five lecture halls, ranging in size from 125 to 600 seats, and utilizes the most innovative audiovisual equipment and teaching aids, as well as wet and dry laboratories.
The Birmingham VA Medical Center is widely utilized in the teaching program of the UAB Academic Health Sciences Center. The 700-bed hospital also houses the Boswell Blind Rehabilitation Center, the only VA blind rehabilitation center in the southeastern United States. The hospital operates its patient care programs under the supervision of professional staff members having joint faculty-VA appointments in the UAB Schools of Optometry, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Health Professions. In addition, the deans of the UAB Academic Health Science Center schools (including optometry) serve in an advisory capacity to the VA hospital administration.
The Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences 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. The library’s collections span seven centuries of knowledge within the ten thousand old and rare books to approximately 2000 current print journal subscriptions. The volumes of books, bound journals, microforms, and other media currently held total approximately 318,000 volumes. Located adjacent to the School of Optometry, Lister Hill provides a wide-range of library services to the Schools of Optometry, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Health Profession, Public Health and the related units and hospitals.
The Reynolds Historical Library is housed in a special area of the Lister Hill Library and is adjacent to the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences. This historical library is a nationally respected collection of rare and important books, manuscripts and artifacts in the medical sciences. In addition, the Library is fortunate to have an extensive collection of items relating to Civil War medicine, especially those associated with practices of the nineteenth century.
The Sterne Library houses a collection of over one million items. The collections support teaching and research in the arts and humanities, business, education, engineering, natural science and mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences.