Did you know? The Libraries by the numbers

Briscoe Library

The library is in the 92nd percentile for visits to all academic health sciences libraries in the U.S. and Canada, and had more visits than any other health sciences library in Texas during the 2011 fiscal year.

The UT Health Science Center Libraries provide a wide array of services that support the university’s mission to make lives better through excellence in education, research, health care and community engagement.  It can be difficult to quantify the value of a library to the academic community, especially when that community is as varied and diverse as the Health Science Center and the South Texas community it serves.

Here are a few facts about the UT Health Science Center Libraries that help to paint a picture of the varied ways librarians and library staff provide services to the Health Science Center.

  • 1,058,763 – The number of pages that were viewed through the library’s website in the last year.  The library’s website is a portal to information resources that can be used by the campus community anytime, anywhere.
  • 440,637 – The number of visits to the UT Health Science Center Libraries in the last year.  The Libraries are comprised of four facilities in three cities – the Briscoe Library on the Long Campus and the Jesse H. Comprehensive Research Library at the Texas Research Park in San Antonio, the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library in Harlingen, and the Laredo Library at the Regional Campus in Laredo.  The library is in the 92nd percentile for visits to all academic health sciences libraries in the U.S. and Canada, and had more visits than any other health sciences library in Texas during the 2011 fiscal year.
  • 31,903 – The number of print books and journals that were checked out from our locations in the last year, placing our library in the 90th percentile for check-outs from health science libraries around the country.
  • 24,000 – The number of electronic journals available to the UT Health Science Center through the library.  Librarians manage these subscriptions and work with other libraries in the UT System, TexShare, and elsewhere to maximize buying power through library consortia.
  • 21,000 – The number of electronic book titles available.  Many of these e-books are the result of purchases made by the UT System for access at all UT campuses.
  • 1481 – 133 years after the Black Death of 1348 raged through Europe; also, the publication date of an edition of Celsus’ De Medicina, the oldest book in the UT Health Science Center’s P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.
  • 225 – The number of classes librarians and library staff conducted in the last year, reaching 4,874 individuals through curriculum integrated and other  instruction.
  • 125 – Research databases licensed through the library and linked to the library’s website (http://library.uthscsa.edu/), including Web of Science, Scopus, CINAHL, Ovid MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, Anatomy TV, Netter Presenter, Micromedex, UpToDate, to name a few.
  • 123 – The number of community and health professional outreach events in San Antonio and elsewhere in South Texas where the UT Health Science Center was represented by its librarians and library staff.
  • 4 – The number of ways to contact librarians and library staff.  1) Call the library, 2) email us, 3) send an instant message, or 4) stop by in person.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  The library’s Contact Us web page (http://library.uthscsa.edu/2011/10/contact-us/) will assist you in contacting the library and a staff directory is available at http://library.uthscsa.edu/2011/09/staff-directory/.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

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