Overview of the Library
The LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library serves as the principal information resource for the faculty, staff, students, and other affiliates of the institution. The Library is also open to patients, visitors, and other members of the public.
The Library provides access to 151 databases, over 4,654 electronic journals, and more than 1,485 electronic books. The Library also has over 165,000 print volumes, including books and bound journal volumes. Both electronic and print holdings can be searched through the online catalog, and the electronic resources are also accessible via alphabetical lists on the Library's website. Users may place interlibrary loan requests online using the ILLiad system for materials not available in the Library's collection.
The Library is open 102.5 hours per week (Library hours & holiday schedule) to both institutional affiliates and the general public. Off-campus access to the databases and other electronic resources is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to affiliates through the institution's virtual private network (VPN).
The Library occupies over 39,000 square feet on three floors with seating for 313 users. Seating includes tables, carrels, private study rooms, five small group teaching rooms, computer workstations, two computer labs, and a teleconference room.
Technology and Equipment
The computer lab in 1-417 has 29 computer workstations, the computer lab in 1-419 has 20 workstations, and each computer is equipped with Windows 7. Both labs have a networked printer and a projection system for teaching classes, and the larger computer lab has a flatbed scanner. Each small group teaching room has a flat screen monitor that can be connected to a laptop for educational demonstrations. The teleconference room contains videoconference equipment and meeting space for 26 attendees. The Library also has public computer workstations, photocopiers and flatbed scanners located on each floor. Network connectivity for laptop and tablet computers, as well as other mobile devices, is provided through wireless networking and through wired Ethernet jacks located in public areas on all three floors.
The Health Sciences Library provides students, faculty, and staff with ready access to critically important information required for research, patient care, instruction, and community outreach. The Library also has health information accessible to patients and their caregivers, as well as other members of the local region.