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Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


CB# 7585
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7585


(919) 962-0500

Fax Number

(919) 966-1388


Contact Person

Fran Allegri



The Health Sciences Library collections include materials in allied health, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health in all formats -- journals, monographs, and audiovisuals, with extensive electronic access. Resources include both current and historical materials, and the library provides access to a wide range of supporting indexes and abstracts. Reference services are available in person, by phone and electronically, and consultation appointments are encouraged. Use of historical materials may require an appointment. The library is open daily except for New Year's Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.


The Health Sciences Library holds many contemporary works that support the study of medicine and other health professions from an African American perspective, such as Working Cures: Healing, Health, and Power on Southern Slave Plantations and Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health. The collections also have materials on issues of social activism, environmental justice, and public health. A growing collection of videos addressing African American health includes titles such as Now is Our Time, which pertains to African American women's health. In Medical Science Presents: Black Achievements in Medicine and Science, and Tuskegee. The library houses community diagnosis papers and projects from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. A significant number of the papers and projects are related to African American health in North Carolina communities.

Many University theses and dissertations also address issues of African American health, such as the involvement of African American churches in promoting health; while many are available at the Health Sciences Library, others are at the North Carolina Collection in Wilson Library on campus. The Health Sciences Library history collection has some scarce African American materials such as journals, programs, and transactions of meetings of African American health professional societies, particularly for the Old North State Medical Society, the National Dental Association, and the National Pharmaceutical Association. In 2002, the HSL was included in a three-year NIH Center of Excellence Grant to add minority health materials to the collection. This grant has facilitated addition of many new materials on African American Health including books on consumer health, mental health, cultural competency, barriers to health, and health careers.

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