Spring Picks from the Strauss Library Staff

This spring, we asked the employees of the Strauss Health Sciences Library about some of their favorite springtime books, movies, podcasts, and other media. Here’s the collected list from our staff and faculty. If any of these catch your eye, you can request them via Prospector—the regional catalog connecting you to a wide range of libraries throughout Colorado and Wyoming—a free service for CU Anschutz students, staff, and faculty. Order your item on Prospector today, and we’ll let you know when it arrives! For more information, and to start using Prospector, visit: https://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/prospector

Four books displayed on a counter with a bookmark: Lovecraft Country, Into Thin Air, Slaughterhouse 90210, Consider Phlebas


  • American Hippo by Sarah Gailey – Jason, Access Services
  • Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman – Danielle, Collection Management
  • Garden books – Shelley, Collection Management
  • Harry Potter (Books & Movies) – Kristin, IT
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer – Lynn S., Access Services
  • Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff – Wlad, Education & Reference
  • Once Upon a River by Dianne Setterfield – Jessica, Collection Management
  • PG Wodehouse, the Culture Series by Iain Banks, Philip Pullman – Paul, Collection Management
  • Slaughterhouse 90210 by Maris Kreizman – Yumin, Collection Management
  • What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear by Danielle Ofri, MD – Lisa, Deputy Director


  • Billions – Lisa, Deputy Director
  • Dumb & Dumber – Lynn T., Access Services
  • Game of Thrones – Jeff, IT (and several other people, too!)
  • Harry Potter! – Kristin, IT
  • Inconceivable – Mike, IT
  • The Americans – Melissa, Director
  • The Entire James Bond Collection – Rob, IT
  • The Passion of the Christ – Thinh, IT
  • The Sandlot – Brittany, Access Services
  • Weekend at Bernie’s – Douglas, Access Services



  • Men’s Health – Kevin, IT
  • Rock & Gem – Emily, Collection Management

Amesse Memorial Collection Moves into the Information Commons at HSL

The Amesse Collection in the Health Science Library provides a leisure reading collection of novels, biographies, and nonfiction, as well as the Denver Post and a selection of popular magazines and newspapers. A small collection of movies on DVD is also part of the collection. Because of the Amesse family love of books, the reading area and collection is dedicated to three generations of Amesse family physicians. The collection has been moved to a central spot on the first floor of the library within the Information Commons.

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Tradition, Reading, and Memorial: Amesse

The collection was originally established with books from John C. Amesse’s personal collection. Additional items are purchased from the Amesse Memorial Fund. The new dedicated space in the Information Commons on the 1st floor of HSL continues the tradition and resonates with the memory of John, his love of reading and the pleasures of a nook in a library. Each book in the collection bears a bookplate designed by Eleanor Benson and printed by Frederic Pannebaker, friends of the Amesse family. We hope this leisure hub provides a serene retreat from the hectic world of medicine, and, in so doing, keeps alive the memory and spirit of the Amesse family physicians. HSL proudly unveils the collection in a new location, a new space in the midst of the busy lives of our medical and health science students.

Every day hundreds of students work, study, collaborate, meet in groups, attend classes and learn in the information commons on the first floor of the library. With the Amesse collection in the heart of this fabulous first floor space, students will have opportunity to appreciate relaxation and browsing of a popular collection. Nearby in the new materials corner is an honor paperback collection — take one and go, no check out necessary. Materials from the main Amesse collection can be checked out at the service desk. The magazines of the collection do not circulate and are for in-house use only.

If you’d like to make a recommendation for the Amesse collection, please let us know. Take a break and visit the leisure hub in the Commons of HSL soon. first floor, room space 1304.