A. Everyone is welcome to visit the library to access its resources, which includes print as well as electronic materials. Computer stations are also available for researching health-related topics; however, members of the public are asked to limit their computer time to one half hour per day (policy subject to change) and to yield to medical students and faculty who want to use the computers. Members of the public may not borrow books. Use of the computer lab, group study rooms, and quiet reading room is restricted to JABSOM affiliates only. Reference librarians are available weekdays during business hours to help you locate specific information and explain how to access the materials.
A. The library is staffed and open to the public Monday - Thursday, 8 AM - 10 PM, Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM, Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM, Sunday, 12 PM - 5 PM. The library is closed to the public and unstaffed on State holidays. The library, which includes the Computer Lab, the main reading room, and the stacks, is open to JABSOM students and faculty as long as the Medical Education Building (MEB) is open. Reference librarians are available to assist you weekdays during business hours.
A. Ask for Help
Whether you are designing a research project or merely want to find a particular book or specific piece of information, librarians at the Health Sciences Library are available to assist you during regular staffed hours.
Individualized Research Assistance
The path of a research project is rarely a straight line. It is usually circuitous and frequently frustrating. Because the steps of the process often depend on what has come before, it often involves re-evaluation, revision, and starting over. Some backtracking is to be expected, but a reference librarian may be able to help you spare some valuable time. To make an appointment for a research consultation, please call 808-692-0810 and ask to speak to a reference librarian.
PubMed is the user interface for National Library of Medicine’s Medline, the world's largest biomedical database. It includes over 19 million citations from 4,800 journal titles from 1950 to the present. Familiarity with PubMed’s search features is essential to the success of any biomedical research project, and learning how to use it skillfully is time well spent for students as well as healthcare professionals.
A. To find specific journal titles on the library shelves (print journals), search the Voyager Library Catalog. Journals are shelved by title via alphabetical order. To find electronic journals, check Hamilton Library’s Electronic Resources webpage. (Links to both can be accessed from the library’s Web site located on the left-side navigation column with the latter link labeled simply, "E-journals")
A. If you need to find journal articles on specific subjects or by particular authors, you will need to perform a database search. For example:
This button means that the article is in a print journal at UH Mānoa’s Hamilton Library.
This button means that the article is in a print journal at the Health Sciences Library.
Use this button to locate articles online or in the library and to initiate an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for articles not available at UH Mānoa libraries.
This button is an example of a publisher’s icon which takes you to the full text of the article at the publisher’s web site. It is NOT free unless it says "free full text".
For more detailed instructions and online demos on how to search PubMed, refer to PubMed’s Help webpage.
A. Follow these simple steps:
A. None of the bound or unbound journals may be checked out, but photocopy machines are available for your use in the library.
A. From the HSLib home page, click on Voyager Library Catalog. HSLib’s print books as well as some electronic books are included in Voyager. Note: Our location is listed as "UHM: School of Medicine" and our holdings are at the bottom of the display. The E-Books link on the left-side navigation on our home page will take you to a complete list of HSLib’s electronic books.
A. Generally, we will accept books published within the last 10 years, with the understanding that if we do not add them to the collection, we may dispose of them as we see fit. Please email us using our Web form with a list of the titles or subject areas and include approximate publication dates and an estimate of quantity if contacting us online. Providing this information prior to dropping off any material is encouraged.
A. The Health Sciences Library is part of University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine. We are located on the first floor of the Medical Education Building (MEB) at 651 Ilalo Street near Kaka‘ako’s Waterfront Park area of Honolulu. (See Google Map)
A. See maps, directions and detailed parking information.
A. Library users may access the School’s restrooms which are located in the MEB lobby, near the Security Desk. There are no restrooms in the library itself.
A. Group study rooms are intended for the use of JABSOM students, faculty and staff and may be reserved for PBL tutorials and other medical school-related meetings. Please read the library’s complete Group Study Room Policy for details. To reserve, please call the Information Services Desk at 808-692-0810 or email us using our Web form.
A. Yes, if you are a JABSOM student or staff member and have a group of six (6) or more. To reserve, please call the Information Services Desk at 808-692-0810 or email us using our Web form.
A. It is located to the right of the front entrance of the Medical Education Building (MEB), 651 Ilalo Street. Phone number: 808-692-0809. Hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM and closed on weekends and State observed holidays.
A. Hamilton Library’s Interlibrary Loan Service offers UH Mānoa affiliates free interlibrary loan service for books, book chapters and journal articles. After checking the Voyager catalog to verify that the item is not held by any UH system library, go to Hamilton Library’s home page, click on Loans from Other Libraries on the right hand-side navigation, then choose Interlibrary Loan Services and follow the instructions to complete and submit the form.
To request a copy of an article from a database search such as PubMed, click on the Find it button on the search results page to check library holdings.
If a search of the Library Catalog (Step 2) determines that the article is not available in print, click on the ILL link to generate a form that has been pre-populated with the article’s bibliographic information.
Follow the instructions on the next screen and submit your request to the ILL Department. The article will be emailed to you. Since Hamilton Library subsidizes this expensive service, please be sure that the material requested is critical to your work.
The Health Sciences Library also offers a fee-based photocopy request service for photocopies of journal articles or book chapters whether or not they are owned by the Health Sciences Library.
Another option is HSLib’s fee-based Loansome Doc service which provides copies of articles found in Medline whether or not they are owned by the Library.
A. Yes, you may initiate a Patron Placed Hold for books or an IntraSystem Article Request (ISAR) for journal articles through the Voyager Online Catalog. If you find an item in Voyager that is held at another UH System Library, but not at HSLib, follow these steps:
You will be notified by email when your book arrives at the pick up library, usually within 3-7 days.
OR if you want an article scanned and emailed to you:
The article will be emailed to you within 1-5 days.
A. Yes, but only if you have a UH Username and password (same as your hawaii.edu email address) and are in the library’s database as a UH Manoa-affiliated student, faculty or staff member. Physicians in UH’s residency programs are considered faculty/staff and receive full electronic access privileges. You can request a UH Username from the UH ITS Web site. If you have any questions about accessing HSLib’s electronic resources, please call the Information Services Desk at 808-692-0810 or email us.
A. A valid UH ID from any of the UH System campuses is preferable, but not required. If you have a photo ID and are in the library database, we can verify your UH number. Members of the community are not permitted to check books out.
A. Yes, you can access the library’s electronic resources from your home or office if you have a UH Username and password, are affiliated with UH Mānoa, and are in the library’s database. To get a UH Username, you will need to first receive a UH number from your department’s fiscal or personnel officer. Then, you can request a UH Username from the UH ITS Web site.
A. Yes, a wireless connection is available throughout the Library for UH Mānoa affiliates.
To retrieve the Network Name and Password, go to the UHM’s webpage, Managing your UH Username. Login with your UH Username and Password. Click on "UHM Wireless Network Settings" (lower right side of the page in the box named "Other").