Librarians in Print at the Strauss Health Sciences Library

Congratulations to Education & Reference Librarians Ben Harnke, Kristen DeSanto, Christi Piper, Nina McHale, and Lilian Hoffecker, who just published a featured article in Doody’s Core Titles about the recent changes to the department’s professional literature search service. The article, “Developing a Database for a Literature Search Service at an Academic Health Sciences Library,” details the process taken to revise and improve the organization of the Strauss Health Sciences Library’s search service for systematic reviews, grant proposals, book chapters, and other large publication projects.

Furthermore, DeSanto had an additional publication selected as a featured article with DCT on her role as a Clinical Librarian assisting inpatient teams in clinical rounding. In “Answering Questions at the Point of Care,” she provides an overview of her role as a librarian during clinical rounds, including the professional knowledge she brings to the role and the technologies and resources she uses the most in this unique setting.

Check out both of these articles in the links above, and join us in congratulating their hard work!

Search the World with Interlibrary Loan!

Eye_ILL_blogWhether you’re faculty, staff, or a student on the Anschutz Medical Campus, you’re going to find yourself doing a lot of research. And while the library has access to thousands of journals and books, it certainly doesn’t have everything that you may require. But don’t let that limit you! The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department can help you obtain the materials that you need!

If you’re an affiliated member of the AMC, the services provided by Interlibrary Loan (ILL) are free! Simply sign up for an ILLiad account and begin placing requests immediately for articles, books, theses, and other research materials. While ILL isn’t a guarantee, we will do what we can to fill your requests.

If you have any questions about the ILL service provided to faculty, staff, and students, or your eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact the ILL office at 303-724-2111 or at

[Brittany Heer, Interlibrary Loan Manager]

Welcome Night Owls and Early Birds: The Library is 24/7!



The library is open 24/7 to affiliated faculty, staff, and students of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. All you need is your official university ID to badge in and stay after hours. Members of the University of Colorado Denver downtown are welcome to stay in the building at close, but will not be able to badge back in after exiting the building. Individuals without an official badge, regardless of status, cannot remain in the library after close; there are no exceptions to this policy.

To keep you full and focused, the library offers the following:

  • Mini-fridges on all 3 floors
  • Microwaves on all 3 floors
  • Keurig machines on the 2nd and 3rd floors (BYO K-Cups and mugs!)
  • Soda and snack vending machines on 1st floor, north end
  • Coffee vending machine on 1st floor, south end
  • Water bottle filling stations on all 3 floors
  • White board markers and headphones, honor policy checkout at the front desk
  • Moveable white boards, found throughout the library
  • Walk station treadmill desks, first and third floors

Please be mindful when using the library by keeping your valuables safe; do not leave your items unattended. It may seem like a hassle to bring your laptop and phone with you to the restroom, but it only takes a moment for an item to be taken. Your safety is our priority, so help us keep you and campus safe by practicing vigilance!

If you ever feel unsafe, do not hesitate to contact campus police by calling 303-724-4444. You can also reach campus police by using one of the library’s red emergency phones, which are located near each restroom on all floors. You’ll also find emergency 9-1-1 red buttons throughout the library.

If you have any questions or comments about 24/7 please contact library staff by emailing, ask staff at the service desk, or call 303-724-2152. For more information, visit the library’s hours page regarding 24/7 Badge Access.

[Brittany Heer, Interlibrary Loan Manager]

Headache? New Medicine Vending Machine


The Health Sciences Library has recently acquired a medicine vending machine for your convenience. Over-the-counter medications such as Advil regular tablets, Advil congestion relief tablets, Alka-Seltzer, Tylenol extra strength, Vivarin, and Midol are available. They are all in individual packets for a cost of 75 cents. The machine takes quarters only but the library does have a change machine.

It is located in the Vending area on the first floor of the library. If you should encounter any problems with this machine, please call the contact name and number listed on the machine.

[Nell Able, Library Staff]

Celebrating 5 Years of Service October 15, 2012

Save the date and help the staff of The Health Sciences Library celebrate our 5th anniversary on the Anschutz Medical CampusIn 1939 the Denison Memorial LIbrary was erected in its original site on the old campus at 9th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard with funds provided by the Denison family, a family of physicians.  By the beginning of the school year 2007 we were a very lonely library as most of the schools and offices had relocated to the Anschutz Medical Campus.

You can imagine the logistics it takes to move an entire library!  The staff worked for years planning the building and the move.  Finally the time had arrived and October 15, 2007 The Health Sciences Library opened in its present location on the Anschutz Medical Campus.  We couldn’t leave the whole building behind.  We had to take a piece of it with us.  While you are here, take the time to go to the socond floor and see the stained glass window with the Denison coat of arms that had been donated to us by the family and had been on display in the old Denison Memorial Library.

The celebration is from 11am-1:00pm on Monday, October 15 in the Health Sciences Library foyer.  There will be food, drinks and free gifts.  Come join the fun.  Share and learn the secrets your library has to offer.

[Helen White, Circulation Manager]

Library Hours Expand for Fall 2010 @ HSL

The library’s hours expand as ’10 fall term picks up.  On Aug 16, HSL began staying open to midnight offering information commons services and spaces for study, group collaboration, wireless access and support to laptops with many LCD equipped rooms. Additional vending was installed over the summer in anticipation of students needing to study late. Library hours for the fall term are online now.

AMC student users are encouraged to offer feedback about library hours anytime by speaking with one of our customer service staff. Tell us what days of the week are most popular for your habits, hours of the day you are usually in the library, what floors do you use, how frequently – – do you use and enter/leave the library multiple times per day, what late night hours past 10pm do you make use of at HSL and for what purposes? What spaces and floors do you prefer to work in at HSL? HSL wants to know, tell us!

Visit our first floor customer service desk anytime for assistance, help with finding articles and information, for consultation on your research questions or just to say hello and tell us what you think. Tell Us, we want to hear from you.

For more information and input about library hours, contact douglas stehle, librarian, access services division — email or call: 303-724-2139 (messages will be listened to).

Open House for All Faculty

You’re invited to learn about resources and services available from the Health Sciences Library, Educational Support Services, Academic Technology & Extended Learning (Blackboard) and the Center for Faculty Development.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

8:00am-9:30 am in the Health Sciences Library Teaching Labs

1st floor of the UC Denver Health Sciences Library, Anschutz Medical Campus

See Directions below

Breakfast will be provided!

Please register to assist with catering planning. Register online at

Schedule:  Staff from each unit will provide brief presentations targeted to faculty needs and then will be available to answer individual questions.  New faculty hired within the past year are encouraged to attend, however all faculty are welcome.


The Health Sciences Library is located at 12950 East Montview Boulevard, immediately north of Building 500.  The entrance to the library is on the west side of the building, between the Coffee Shop and the Tower structure.

**Please contact Lisa Traditi via email( if you have questions.**