Welcome to the HSL virtual tour! Please enjoy the trip, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Follow the links through each level of our building to see and read about our physical facility, resources, and services, and visit the added links to learn about our history, hours and collections.
Welcome, HSL Hours, Services, Collections
The oldest library in the University Libraries system with a rich history, the Health Sciences Library is located in Abbott Hall on the South Campus. For details of the locations of our collections, offices, computer and study areas, view the marvelous floor plans.
The original building constructed in the 1930s housed the Lockwood Memorial Library until 1978 when the library and the name moved to new quarters on the North Campus.
The current entrance is through the addition constructed in 1986 when the renamed Abbott Hall was renovated specifically for HSL.
Our primary clientele include the faculty, staff and students of five of UB's Schools: Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Public Health and Health Professions, but we also serve the entire UB constituency as well as the Western New York community.
HSL is also a Regional Resource Library through the National Library of Medicine network, and maintains partnerships with a variety of other local and regional organizations and programs.
The Library is open seven days a week during the semester. General hours are Monday-Thursday 8am-12am, Friday 8am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, and Sunday 12pm-12am. Hours for the Robert L. Brown History of Medicine Collection and the Digital Media Resources Center are posted separately, as are our semester break and holiday hours.
HSL offers a variety of services and access to resources both in the library, through the HSL Web site, and through the Libraries Catalog. Our growing electronic resources collection offers thousands of e-journals, e-serials and databases linked from the web page. Affiliated users can also access the HUBNET information system.
HSL provides workshops which emphasize both traditional and electronic resources as well as the critical ability to evaluate information for problem solving and decision making. Contact Information Management Education (IME) for more information.
Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery services are also available for local library resources through UB Document Express or, for items not owned by the University Libraries, through our ILLiad system. Contact the Informaton Delivery Service (IDS) for more information.
Support for wireless as well as 28 open-port connections are provided within HSL. Patrons visting the library must have the appropriate card loaded on their laptops in order to take advantage of the wireless connections. A PDA Sync Site is available within the Digital Media Resources Center for medical students to sync with the server in the Office of Medical Computing.
Reference staff are availableto assist patrons with library research Monday-Friday from 9am-9pm, Saturday from 11 am-5 pm, and Sunday from Noon-7 pm. Users can also get help via telephone at 829-3900, or through askHSL.
Anyone in the world can visit our Library and use our collections and computer resources on-site.
HSL continues to maintain an impressive collection in addition to our vast electronic resources, with over 1500 current print journals over 121,000 print books.
Housed within the Robert L. Brown History of Medicine Collection, users interested in historical materials can browse:
- over 13,000 volumes of pre-19th century books
- historical journal volumes
- over 175 instruments, sets of instruments, and artifacts in the Edgar R. McGuire Historical Medical Instrument Collection
The lower level houses the Robert L. Brown History of Medicine Collection, which contains over 12,000 historical books, historical journal volumes, and houses the Edgar R. McGuire Historical Medical Instrument Collection containing over 175 instruments, sets of instruments and artifacts.
The Digital Media Resources Center, directly across the hall from History, provides access to over 2,000 videotapes, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and other non-print materials.
Just down the hall from History and the DRMC is The Roswell Park Room, a fully equipped distance learning facility known also as the Health Science Library Video Conferencing Site administered by Computing and Informaton Technology (CIT).
The main entrance of the Health Sciences Library on the South side of Abbott Hall leads to the first floor.
The Reference area is located behind the main staircase, through the stone columns (which formed the South outside wall of the original building before its renovation in 1986).
Patrons affiliated with UB as well as the public have use of 26 computer workstations set up to provide optimal access to all the University Libraries' resources. In addition, patrons can use hundreds of print reference books and browse our current print journal issues.
The Art Study Area, located to the right of the main staircase, is one of our most popular gathering and study locations. Graced by framed prints of 19th Century Botanicals (an "Art in the Library" initiative), the bright, functional space has comfortable arm chairs and tables, and is located next door to one of two centrally located photocopy areas.
The elevator to the right of the entrance gate offers easy access to the lower level, second and third floors.
The second floor contains HSL's magnificent Austin Flint Main Reading Room, as well as our collection of bound journals, pay photocopy machines, and rest rooms.
During renovation of Abbott Hall from 1983-85, care was taken to preserve the Reading Room so it currently appears much as it was when first built. The design was modelled from a room in Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, England, built in the first decade of the 17th century for Sir Robert and William Cecil, Earls of Salisbury.
The oak fireplace mantel is a hand-carved replica of a 15th Century mantel found in Canonbury Tower, London, England.
The woodwork is not signed, but was carved by one of the craftsmen from the Kittinger Company, a now defunct Buffalo institution famous for producing furniture for the White House.
The chandeliers are turned on for special occasions only.
Both chandeliers were salvaged from one of the Albright mansions under demolition during construction of the original Lockwood building in the 1930s.
The third floor of HSL houses over 121,000 catalogued books, which continue to be in demand.
Two fully connected computer terminals are available for quick, convenient searches. Study carrels are located against the walls around the periphery of the stacks.
The Health Sciences Library was founded, along with the medical school in 1846. A chronology developed by Lilli Sentz, former Curator, lists significant events and librarians from HSL's founding through 1995.
Equally interesting is the history of HSL's current location, Abbott Hall on the South Campus of the University at Buffalo. Originally named Lockwood Memorial Library, the building was a gift of Thomas B. Lockwood (1873-1947, a Buffalo attorney), and his wife, Marion Birge Lockwood, in memory of their respective parents, Daniel N. Lockwood and George K. Birge. The building was designed by eminent architect E.B. Green and built at a cost of $500,000. A brief summary of the building's evolution resides on the University Library Archives Web site.
E.B. Green modeled the original elegant building after the Villa Rotunda by the Renaissance architect Palladio. When renovated for HSL in the mid-1980s, great care was taken to preserve the original reading room, which patrons entered after climbing the impressive stairway and passing through the beautiful stone columns.
Green designed the now named Austin Flint Reading Room as a replica of a room in Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, England. Tthe room features English oak paneling and a huge fireplace with an intricately carved mantel modelled after a mantel in England's Canonbury Tower. All the wood in the room was carved by the Lipsett brothers, immigrants from Germany who worked for the Kittinger Company, a famous Buffalo furniture manufacturer who constructed furniture for the White House,
The twin antique chandeliers were originally constructed in the 1840s and electrified in the 1930s when they were installed here. Green was demolishing the Tudor mansion of John J. Albright (which he also designed) in 1935 during the same time he was overseeing the building of Lockwood. He chose to salvage not only the chandeliers but also the stone balustrade, which still graces the original front of Abbott Hall. A bit more background on Albright with photos of his mansion can be found on the Western New York Heritage Press web site.