The mission of the UK Medical Center Library is to provide our users* with the information and information seeking skills essential for health care education, research, and evidence-based patient care and to promote health information literacy.
*Our users include students, clinical faculty, research faculty, health care professionals, hospital staff, patients and families both inside the University of Kentucky system and throughout the commonwealth (as mandated by our status as an Outreach Library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine).
MCL Roles 2016
The University of Kentucky Medical Center Library (MCL) serves the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Health Sciences, and Public Health. In addition, the MCL is responsible for providing services to University Hospitals and Clinics, plus the interdisciplinary research areas of Markey Cancer Center, Sanders-Brown Center of Aging, Gill Heart Institute, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science.
Librarians at the MCL are involved in supporting the needs of users and in working with faculty to provide curriculum-based classes designed to help users learn to use library resources efficiently and improve their research skills. Regularly scheduled open enrollment classes, as well as individualized instruction, are provided. In addition, librarians perform mediated database searches using multiple electronic information resources.
Librarians also serve as liaisons to the six colleges, various departments, centers, and groups within the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Liaisons are active in developing the library collection, supporting the curriculum, and improving library services. Liaisons offer instruction in their specific service areas and assist with simple and complex research questions. Liaisons are also available for consultations on clinical, research, and educational issues.
For more information about the Medical Center Library contact Rick Brewer, MCL director.
UK faculty, staff and students use their UK Wildcard as their library card. Persons not affiliated with UK may obtain a library card if they are 18 years of age and present a valid Kentucky driver's license or a valid non-driver ID. Faculty, staff, and students from reciprocal colleges and universities in Kentucky may obtain a UK library card with proper identification. Anyone with a UK library card may check out materials in the Medical Center Library or any UK campus library.
The Medical Center Library sends library notices via e-mail.
If a book, journal, or audiovisual you need is checked out, you may place a hold on it so that when it is returned to the Medical Center Library it will be held at the User Services desk for you. You will be notified when it is available.
Contact Genia Kempster if you have questions about placing a hold on library materials or for any questions related to borrowing library materials.