About the Library

Library Technology: Jeremy Mercier

Office Phone:  210-562-6805

Emergency Contact Information is on the Staff Intranet (not publicly available).

Regular Duties related to Disaster Planning and Response

  • Follows guidelines in the Business Continuity Plan
  • Coordinates maintenance of temporary library Web site with access to key information resources to be hosted off-site
  • Activates the temporary website as needed

Coordinates with UT Health Science Center Systems, Network and Operations (SNO) & Academic Technology Services (ATS) to:

  • Develop backup plan to minimize loss of access to servers and resources
  • Secure and reestablish computer network and systems
  • Reestablish telephone connections
  • Reestablish computer security system

Coordinates with Property Control and Facilities Management to:

  • Remove damaged or destroyed equipment
  • Identify appropriate means for disposal of destroyed equipment (there are EPA guidelines for disposal of many types of equipment including printers and photocopiers)

Works with Executive Director and Office Manager to:

  • Replace destroyed equipment
  • Identify key servers and equipment that should be restored first


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Literature Search Service Request Form

UT Health Science Center librarians are available to conduct mediated, for-fee searches of a variety of databases, including some that are not available for self-searching. Charges for literature search services vary depending on user affiliation, preparation and search time, and database vendor charges.

Complete this form to request a search of library databases by a librarian. Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted by a librarian to discuss the search. Results generally include citations, abstracts (when available), and/or links to other relevant resources. If you have any questions about the literature search process, please contact Library Information Services at (210) 567-2450 or email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Costs – search fees are based on preparation and search time.

Affiliate Status Cost for first 30 minutes Cost for each additional 15 minutes
UT Health Science Center affiliates (including clinical faculty) $15.00 $7.50
Not affiliated with the Health Science Center $25.00 $12.50

Please note that mail ($2), fax ($2), and vendor database fees may apply.

If you have a preferred total cost limit (max cost), please specify it in the comments box near the end of the form.  This will help the librarian better understand your preferences.


If you have questions about your status, please check with the librarian.
Discuss your timeline with the librarian if you have a specific request for completion.
Describe your search in one or two sentences. Provide suggested keywords, terms, and helpful concepts
The librarian will ask for your project ID or credit card information. Do not insert those numbers into this form!

Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library

Library Hours

 Regular Hours

Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

See the Ramirez Library Holiday Schedule.

Address & Contact Information

2102 Treasure Hills Blvd
Harlingen, TX 78550 (map)
(956) 296-1500

About the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library

It is the mission of the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library to improve the quality of health care in the Lower Rio Grande Valley by connecting health professionals and patients to reliable health information. The Ramirez Library maintains an environment for research, study, and teaching for health professionals and the community and provides state-of-the-art services and collections.  The Ramirez Library is one of the libraries serving the UT Rio Grande Valley and also serves as the clinical library for UT Health Science Center at San Antonio students and residents on location in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Library is named after Dr. Mario E. Ramirez a well-known physician in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and former University of Texas Regent who also served as Vice-President for South Texas Programs at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio from 1995 to 2007.

More About the Library

The mission of The Libraries is to promote learning, inspire discovery, and connect with our communities.  To achieve our mission we:

  • Deliver resources for teaching, learning, and research
  • Provide expert information and instructional services
  • Develop innovative physical and virtual spaces
  • Strengthen existing partnerships and seek new collaborations.

The Libraries include the Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Library, the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, the Laredo Regional Campus Library in Laredo, the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library at the South Texas Research Park, and the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.

Annual Reports


November 15th ACA Enrollment at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

For the second time this year, the Laredo Regional Campus Library has hosted an Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment event for residents of Laredo and Webb County. The event was sponsored in collaboration between the UT Health Science Center Libraries, the 28th District Congressional Office of Representative Henry Cuellar, the Mid Rio Grande Valley (MRGV) Area Health Education Center (AHEC), and the South Texas Development Council. Other organizations belonging to the Enroll Webb County Coalition, and the Laredo Health Coalition also participated.

Congressman Cuellar, along with Laredo area hospital CEOs, was on site to promote the event through local TV and newspaper coverage. A number of area ACA Certified Application Counselors and Navigators provided counseling and enrollment assistance to over 50 registered families who attended the event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MRGV AHEC students assisted attendees with setting up email accounts in preparation for ACA Enrollment.



November NPR Book Club Choice



Come join us for a discussion of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks at the next NPR Book Club meeting on November 19th, 6 -7 p.m. The November meeting will be held at the Briscoe Library room 4.074 (the Collaboratory).

A few copies of the book will be available at the Briscoe Library on a first come, first served basis. Other copies are available through the San Antonio Public Library. Contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services, for more details at (210) 567-6398 or segerp@uthscsa.edu.

This is a joint community engagement program offered by the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch. Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.

Office Manager and Human Resources Representative: Herlinda Howard

Office Phone:  210-567-2407

Emergency Contact Information is on the Staff Intranet (not publicly available).

Regular Duties related to Disaster Planning

  • Maintains and updates list of keys and card readers annually or as necessary
  • Establishes and maintains an inventory of library possessions
  • Maintains current list of all staff office phone numbers for updating the telephone tree

During and After a Disaster

  • Contacts recovery vendors and services at the request of the disaster team or collections manager
  • Tracks and coordinates expenditures
  • Coordinates with Executive Director and Director of Library Services to authorize temporary staff assignments and workspaces if needed
  • Coordinates payment for supplies and services needed
  • Recruits volunteers and ensures they all sign a waiver form
  • Arranges for food and drink for recovery workers as determined necessary
  • Works with Robert Zuniga, Senior Clerk to update the inventory of library possessions as damaged items are discarded
  • Maintains a list of possessions sent out for refurbishing, if applicable
  • Works with Executive Director to submit insurance claims for Library
  • Coordinates with Human Resources to assist any employee injured in the disaster or during recovery with workman’s compensation or insurance claims
  • Enrolls the assistance of the Employee Assistance Program if necessary


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One Book 2012

Cover of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child

“La conversación es el pasto del alma.”

Conversation is food for the soul.

(Mexican Dicho, Barefoot Heart, Chapter 5)

Read the Book

Join the Conversation

Hear the Author

Download a printable flyer for One Community One Book 2012

Copies of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child are available at the Briscoe, Ramirez and Laredo libraries, and at the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library at Texas Research Park: Call number: E184.M5 H365 1999. The book is also available at the UT Health Science Center bookstore.

Humnanities Texas LogoThis program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

One Community One Book: More

The Maine Humanities Council, creator of a national award-winning hospital-based book discussion program, has outlined on its website the benefits that come from engaging diverse groups of health care professionals in conversation about literary works on themes relevant to the work of health care providers, as well as to the human experiences of patients and their families (http://www.mainehumanities.org/programs/litandmed/index.html).  These include enhanced communications between health care professionals, patients and families, deepened understanding of the ways that institutional hierarchies can impede communication, greater awareness of how cultural and socio-economic perspectives and family history affect the health care experiences of patients, and increased vocational satisfaction.

The American Library Association publishes a guide, One Book One Community: Planning Your Community-Wide Read (http://publicprograms.ala.org/orc/pdfs/onebookguide.pdf) that has also been consulted in the development of this program on the UT Health Science Center campus.  Community reading programs have been organized by small towns and large cities, and on university campuses across the country  The benefits of community reading programs listed in the ALA planning guide—cross-cultural understanding, improved communication, a deepened sense of community– are similar to those noted for the Maine Humanities Council’s Literature and Medicine program.

In 2008 the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Briscoe Library of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio planned our first One Community/One Book project.  Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, a book by Tracy Kidder about the life and work of humanitarian physician, Paul Farmer, was selected. A series of book discussions were held during August and September, 2008, culminating in a visit to campus and a lecture by both Tracy Kidder, the author of the book, and Dr. Paul Farmer, the subject of the book.  During the lecture by Dr. Farmer and Tracy Kidder the UT Health Science Center auditorium, which seats 634, was filled to standing room only capacity with faculty, students, staff, and members of the San Antonio community. Total attendance may have been double that when video-teleconference participation at remote locations in Harlingen and Laredo are included.

A community read in 2009 focused on Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality, by Pauline Chen, MD.  In 2010 the One Community One Book selection was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.   Participation in book discussions have grown steadily, with more than 270 individuals taking part in book discussion events in 2010.  Author presentations by Pauline Chen and Rebecca Skloot were well-attended by members of the public as well as campus affiliates.

Campus and community partnerships have been critical to the success of all of the One Community One Book programs on the campus of the UT Health Science Center.  In the past, partners have included– in addition to the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching– the University Transplant Center and local offices of the National Kidney Foundation; and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  In 2012 we are pleased that the San Antonio Public Library, the Voelcker Biosciences Teachers Academy, and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy have worked with us to provide speaking venues for Elva Trevino Hart, who will be in San Antonio from February 22 through February 25.

One Community One Book has also been supported by generous donations from individual faculty members.  Humanities Texas, the local affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has been a partner in three One Community One Book events, in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Humnanities Texas LogoThis program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.