Library building access as of August 9

August 9, 2021 Update: library hours continue to be 24/7 for CU Anschutz students, faculty, and staff with campus badge ID. The library building remains closed to all others. Students and employees in the building should adhere to changing campus protocols at all times.

CU Anschutz badge holders may enter the library building to use spaces, consult and checkout materials, access printers, make photocopies, use computer workstations, and study areas. Staff are available on our service desk from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Users can and should also use AskUs, our online service point, to seek assistance and make inquiries. Askus hours are Mon-Fri, 9 am – 5 pm.

All study rooms will be available and most remain on the library’s reservation system. Reservations are strongly recommended but not required. If you walk into a study room without a reservation, please book it so you are not asked to leave by someone else who reserves it while you are in there.

EMS event service is available again (Tower Rm 3rd floor, Reading Rm. 3rd floor, and 1st floor Teaching Labs) and the library is accepting EMS requests. Requestors and event attendees are expected to follow campus event protocols–see ‘Events, Gatherings & Activities’ on the On-Campus Protocols site.


  • Only CU Anschutz badge holders are allowed to be in the library building.
  • Users are required to have their CU Anschutz badge to enter the library (*the front door badge reader only unlocks the door closest to the reader) and to display the badge at all times or be able to show it if asked.
  • You must badge yourself in. Please do not trail in behind others or allow others to come in off your badge swipe.
  • All Anschutz students, faculty, staff – including those fully vaccinated – are required to wear a mask in indoor campus spaces.
    • If you are vaccinated: You may remove your mask indoors in enclosed offices or confined work units – where traffic can be controlled or masking can be adjusted in real time – when able to keep 10+ feet from others.
    • If you are unvaccinated: You must continue to wear a mask at all times on campus. 
    • See the full campus protocols and rules @
    • For library use, this means:
      • if you are vaccinated, you can only take your mask off if you are alone in a closed room
      • if you are unvaccinated, you must wear a mask at all times
  • Study room capacity limits will be posted to the best of our ability. Students are encouraged, but not required, to reserve one of the 61 study rooms. Walk-in use is ok, but if you do not book the room after occupying it you may be asked to leave by another user/group who does reserve it online.
  • All open tables and open spaces in the building are available including walk and bike stations.
  • Cleaning supplies are available for those who wish to wipe down work surfaces before/after use.

Full information about returning to campus and campus guidelines can be found on the CU Anschutz Covid-19 webpage (

As a reminder, almost all library resources and services remain available 24/7 from the library webpage.  CU Anschutz students, faculty, and staff can initiate loan requests online via AskUs or checkout materials from the service desk during our Mon-Fri staffed hours.

If you have questions about library, services and resources please e-mail the library at

Looking for full text articles? Check out these options:

We updated the Article Linker button found in PubMed, CINAHL, and many other databases. When you see this button, click to connect to Strauss Library’s journal subscriptions, access full text articles, or order them through interlibrary loan:

New Strauss Library Article Linker button

Do you know the DOI (digital object identifier) or PMID (PubMed ID number) of the article? Use to search Strauss Library’s journal subscriptions and access full text articles.

To display direct links to PDFs in PubMed, Embase, and some publisher websites, install the LibKey Nomad browser extension in Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers.

Graduating from Anschutz? Sign up for our Alumni Access program!

Attention graduates: if you will be moving on from the Anschutz Medical Campus, be sure to sign up for our Alumni Access program! Unless you continue formal employment or affiliation with a campus school or unit, you will no longer have the level of online access to the Strauss Health Science Library’s online resources that you did as a student–this is due to vendor licensing agreements.

However, signing up for Alumni Access provides you with access to a select and growing list of resources, currently including 12 JAMA titles, Annual Reviews, and SAGE databases. Online access to these resources is provided by the Anschutz Office of Alumni Relations and the Strauss Library. For an up-to-date list of the resources, and to apply for alumni access, please visit our Sponsorship of Alumni Access to Library Resources page. Questions? Contact Danielle Ostendorf, Electronic Resources Librarian.

Thank you to library vendors who helped the library this past fiscal year

As FY21 ends, the library would like to recognize and thank the following vendors who partnered with us and gave a 0% increase for their subscription prices in FY21, especially those who offered zero increase in spite of multiyear contracts that were in place:

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)Global Health (CABI)
American Society for MicrobiologyIOP Science
Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and HealthJAMA
Association for Computing MachineryJoVE
Biochemical Society PackagePediatrics Online
BioScientificaPharmacy Library
Cold Spring Harbor ProtocolsPsychiatryOnline
Colorado Grants GuideScience Online
Company of BiologistsSLACK Nursing Journals
EBSCO – Academic DatabaseWiley

In the health sciences, subscription costs typically rise approximately 4-7% every year so a 0% increase had a big impact on the library’s collections budget.

Unfortunately not all vendors the Strauss Library works with are as helpful. Some of the issues the library encountered with other vendors included:

  • Inflexibility with contract language
  • Lack of transparency in pricing
  • Continual annual increases of 7%
  • Requiring the library to subscribe to transferred-in journals
  • High pricing

The Strauss Library greatly supports feedback provided by students, residents, faculty and staff regarding the usefulness of library resources. This information assists the library when negotiating with vendors. Feel free to make suggestions for new resources or provide feedback on current resources at any time.

Introducing CU Anschutz Digital Collections

New CU Anschutz Digital Collections Logo

The new digital repository, CU Anschutz Digital Collections, is live!

We welcome you to explore the Digital Collections and consider depositing your work(s). You can find historical images, electronic theses, and current research, with new content added regularly. Use the search box or click the “Explore” button.

The repository previously was known as Mountain Scholar, but the staff at the library have been diligently working on migrating to a new platform. The repository previously used the DSpace software, but now we have migrated to Samvera. You can learn more here:

We are also working with a brand new vendor, Ubiquity Press, who will assist with website maintenance and issues.

We have had a content freeze in place in order to migrate all the content. The freeze is now over! Have you recently presented at a conference or completed a research project? Consider adding your work(s) to CU Anschutz Digital Collections.

This was written by Raven, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Call for submissions: Art from CU Anschutz and Denver campuses

The Exhibits Committee of the Strauss Health Sciences Library will curate a juried exhibition of artwork created by the faculty, staff and students of CU Anschutz and Denver campuses.

Key Dates:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – July 16-30, 2021


ARTWORK DELIVERY – August 11-27, 2021

EXHIBITION – September 1-November 12, 2021

OPENING RECEPTION – September 8, 2021

Submissions of all types of art created by members of either the Anschutz Medical Campus or the Denver campus are requested*. To submit artwork for consideration, visit the library’s submission informationSubmission deadline is July 30.

Artwork will be on display September 1 through November 12 in the 3rd Floor Gallery of the Health Sciences Library.  An opening reception is planned for September 8, 3:00-5:30pm.

Submissions will be judged in accordance with the Strauss Health Sciences Library Exhibit Policy and Procedures. The decisions of the Committee are final.

Artists/exhibitors agree to let the library photograph their artwork to be used for any University of Colorado purpose including publications, advertisements, or similar print, video or electronic media.

*For 2021, we are unable to accept audio or video submissions.

Looking for full text articles?

We updated the Article Linker button found in PubMed, CINAHL, and many other databases. When you see this button, click to connect to Strauss Library’s journal subscriptions and access full text articles or order them through interlibrary loan:

New Strauss Library Article Linker button

OER Grant Opportunity for CU Anschutz Faculty – Apply by July 2

Are you seeking relevant and flexible materials for your courses? Would you like some help with that? Now, would you like some help with that and get paid?

We would like to introduce you to OER. Open Educational Resources (OER) are digital, openly licensed teaching and learning resources that are free of copyright concerns. OER includes everything from complete online courses and digital textbooks to images, videos, and assessment items…free to use as you see fit.    

Strauss Library is offering grants to incorporate OER into your class or create OER for your class!

How much are the grants?

  • $500 grants to incorporate OER into your class
  • up to $2,000 to create OER for your class

How do I apply?

  • First, attend or view the OER Workshop that introduces the basics of OER and provides all the information that you will need to apply for the grant:
  • Second, complete an application (deadline to apply is Friday, July 2):

What if I have questions?

Summer Classes at Strauss!

A computer on a beach.
Image by Manuel Ramirez from Pixabay.  

This summer, we hope you’ll join the Strauss Health Sciences Library for one of the thirty class sessions that we will be offering in June, July, and August. We are offering thirteen different types of classes including: 

We received feedback that by offering these classes online, people who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to attend are able to squeeze online classes into their schedules, therefore all our summer classes will continue to be offered in the Zoom format. So even if you’re lounging on the beach you can pop into a quick Zoom class on the basics of PubMed.  

Visit the library classes page to learn about all our offerings and register for that class you’ve always wanted to take! 

This was written by Ellie, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Congratulations Spring Class of 2021!

Welcome! Strauss Library presents the Spring Class of 2021 congratulations message. Strauss Library Student Wellness Activities Team (SWAT) celebrates all CU Anschutz students graduating this Spring 2021. We applaud graduates on their hard work and dedication. We wish you all the best and happy graduation again!

Sincerely, Your Strauss Library Student Wellness Activities Team (S.W.A.T)

This was written by Bryson, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Rare Book Profile: Joannes Jacobus de Manliis’ Luminare Maius

Joannes Jacobus de Manliis’ Luminare Maius (Venetiis: Bernardinus Stagninus, 1499), is one of the earliest printed works on pharmacology and medical botany. First published in Pavia in 1494, it soon became a standard text, reprinted (sometimes in conjunction with other works) in various places and languages for over a century.

Little is known about Joannes Jacobus de Manliis de Bosco except that he was an Italian physician from Alessandria in southeastern Piedmont who wrote in the late 15th century.

More is known about the publisher of this edition, Bernardino Stagnino, a member of the Giolito de’ Ferrari family of printers, although he used the nickname Stagnino (tinsmith) instead of the family name. Born in the northern Piedmontese town of Trino, he established a publishing house in Padua and a second shop in Venice. He soon shifted his main operations to Venice, but kept an outlet in Padua to supply the university. In addition to local sales, Stagnino sent his publications to the annual book fair in Frankfurt. This arrangement continued until his death in 1540. between 1483 and 1538, Stagnino published 193 editions of legal, medical, philosophical, and literary works.  Most publications before 1500 were in folio format, with liberal use of woodcut initials and borders, many of which he purchased second-hand from other printers as far away as France.

A precursor to formularies and pharmacopeias published in the 16th century and later, Luminare Maius is a compilation of formulas for compounding herbal remedies from Greek, Latin, and Arabic medical sources, especially the works of Yūḥannā ibn Māsawayh, augmented by de Manliis’ commentary. Yūḥannā ibn Māsawayh (circa 777–857) was a Nestorian Christian from Assyria who taught at the academy in Gundeshapur, Iran, and served as physician to four caliphs. Manliis’ instructions for preparing medicines include quantities and detailed descriptions of ingredients, mainly plants.

Luminare Maius is an incunable, a book published in the formative years of printing, 1450-1501. It has some features of medieval manuscripts, such as the typeface resembling a manuscript hand and the page layout, and lacks features that became standard for printed books after 1501, such as a full title page. It has a title page, but it lists only the author and title, with all publication information still appearing in the colophon (tail—so called because it is usually at the end of the text.) Unlike many incunables, there are no known manuscript copies of Luminare Maius. It was probably written for print publication, rather than prepared as a print edition of an existing manuscript.

The Strauss Health Sciences Library’s copy of the 1499 Venetian edition of Luminare Maius is bound in what is probably a 20th-century attempt at a medieval-style binding, with brown-stained wooden boards, brown leather spine, vellum hinges, and decorative brass upholstery tacks. Rubrication (red highlights) was probably done by or for the book’s original owner, but the elaborate coloring of some initials seems much later, possibly done by the person who made the current binding. How it came to the library is unknown. It was cataloged, but the information from cards wasn’t transferred to the electronic catalog, so it was essentially lost until some years after the library’s move from Ninth Avenue to the Anschutz Campus, when its unique binding and call number were noticed. It’s the second-oldest item in the Rare Materials Collection.

Unfortunately, rare materials are not currently available. Rare materials will be available for use by individuals or groups by appointment when the library resumes normal operation.

[Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

Content Freeze for our Institutional Repository, Mountain Scholar

The staff at the Strauss Health Sciences Library has made the decision to migrate our institutional repository, formerly Mountain Scholar, to a new platform during spring/summer 2021.  During this transition, we are in a content freeze meaning we cannot add new content or edit existing content. 

Mountain Scholar has been a partnership with multiple institutions in Colorado and Wyoming. It has been hosted and managed by staff at the Colorado State University – Fort Collins. It was formerly hosted on a DSpace platform. Mountain Scholar will migrate to CONTENTdm this summer and the Strauss Library staff has decided to leave this partnership.  

The institutional repository for CU Anschutz, as managed by the Strauss Library, will be moving to a Hyku platform hosted by Ubiquity Press. Pacific University’s institutional repository, CommonKnowledge, is currently being hosted by them.    During this period, while we are in a content freeze, please feel free to contact the library for new additions to the repository and we will work on these items after our migration is complete. We can’t wait to share your scholarly works in our new repository this fall. Please contact the library with any questions.

This was written by Danielle, you can contact AskUs with questions.

ClinicalKey Updates for April 2021

The April update has been added to the library’s catalog! Please check out the list of new eBooks available this month, there were not any deletions this month.

eBook Added

This was written by Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.

In Memoriam: Henry L. Strauss

Joan and Henry Strauss
Joan and Henry Strauss in February 2019.
Photo credit: Eric Stephenson Photography

Henry Leopold Strauss passed away on April 8, 2021 at the age of 93. The name Strauss is likely familiar to us at CU Anschutz because in 2018 the CU Regents renamed the library in Henry’s honor as the Strauss Health Sciences Library. However, Henry was much more than a name on a building.

Henry’s history with the library began in the mid-1990’s when his first wife, Florence G. Strauss, was receiving treatment in the hospital. Henry, who graduated with a degree in Pharmacy from CU Boulder in 1951, had long been interested in traditional Chinese medicine as well as other forms of indigenous medicine. He had collected about 20 books on these topics and believed it was important for healthcare professionals to know about the entire spectrum of healthcare treatments. After Florence passed away in 1995, Henry donated his small collection of books to the library and set up an endowment for the Florence G. Strauss Indigenous Medicine Collection. The purpose of the collection was to collect books on topics related to all forms of traditional and indigenous medicine. The collection, now holding close to 4,000 items, grew over the years through purchases made with the endowment and through purchases made during Henry’s extensive travels. The collection was renamed in 2010 as the Florence G. Strauss-Leonard A. Wisneski Indigenous and Integrative Medicine Collection in recognition of a large donation of items from Len Wisneski, MD.

A small committee of practitioners from the campus and community has overseen the Strauss-Wisneski collection as it has grown. The committee has coordinated lectures that occur on a quarterly basis that focus on various topics and modalities in integrative medicine. Henry was a regular attendee at all committee meetings. His goal was to ensure that, in addition to Western approaches to medicine, people also were aware of complementary health practices and indigenous therapies from around the world that can be useful in addressing health and disease.

As Henry aged and experienced normal aging processes like decreased hearing and mobility difficulties, he still attended as many committee meetings and events as he could. He was always excited to learn something new. If he didn’t think something was right, he would tell you, but he would also listen to your explanation. He had a quick wit, a big smile, and he was a great storyteller. He will be missed. To learn more about Henry Strauss’s remarkable history, see his obituary and the recording of the service Henry’s family held for him on April 11, 2021.

Strauss Library Partners in $10 Million NLM Cooperative Agreement

The Strauss Health Sciences Library at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has entered into an agreement with the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) at the University of Utah to implement a $10 million cooperative agreement from the National Library of Medicine. The Strauss Library will serve as a subsite for the 5-year program, continuing its 20-year support of the program.

The award solidifies EHSL’s national distinction as a Regional Medical Library (RML), one of only seven in the nation. It also names EHSL as the continuing—and only—home of the Network of the National Library of Medicine Training Office (NTO), a designation it was first awarded in 2011.

Since 2001, EHSL’s role as the RML for Region 4—encompassing Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming—has been renewed every five years through a rigorously competitive grant process. The renewed cooperative agreement will focus on improving access to quality health, giving special attention to underserved communities. It will also allow EHSL to continue collaborations with other NLM RMLs, offices, and centers.

Network of the National Library of Medicine Regional Distribution (2021-2026)

Regional and national programs will be carried out to support researchers, health professionals, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. This includes training, funding, and engagement opportunities for member libraries and other organizations to carry out regional and national programs.

Other activities will include promoting NLM products and services at national health professional meetings, pushing health information access news through blogs and newsletters, partnering with state and local public health departments and community-based health organizations, and facilitating increased access to resources and services from the NLM throughout the country. As a sub-site, the Strauss Library will assist with all of these initiatives with a special focus on Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Additional information about the cooperative agreement and the other institutions selected can be found on the National Library of Medicine website.

Old Blog Posts Now in Mountain Scholar

Strauss Library is in the process of making some changes to the Library News Blog.

The Library News Blog began in 2009 and is still being hosted on the library’s WordPress site. We are planning to move the blog to our Drupal website sometime in the future, and continue our library blogging!

As part of this process, we have completed archiving all the older blog posts. The blog posts from 2009 through 2019 have been archived and added to the institutional repository, Mountain Scholar:

Library News Blog

These archived posts have been compiled for each year into searchable PDFs. You can now search for any blog posts on Mountain Scholar!

In addition to archiving the old blog posts to Mountain Scholar, these posts have been deleted from the WordPress site to make any possible migration easier.

We will keep everyone updated about future changes. Thank you for following our blog!

This was written by Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.