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Introduction to the Health Sciences Library


Welcome to the Introduction to the Health Sciences Library!

The Health Sciences Library (HSL), located in Prior Hall, provides innovative services and resources to support the education, research and clinical information needs of Ohio State’s students, faculty and staff. We primarily serve the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Optometry, and Public Health, as well as the Wexner Medical Center.

Our creative and experienced faculty and staff are here to advance your success. We offer services such as specialized research and reference support and consultation, instruction sessions and outreach programs, and medical illustration and graphic design. Additionally, the HSL provides comprehensive print, electronic and historical collections. The library’s physical spaces are designed to support individual and group study as well as enrich collaborative teaching, computing, learning and research activities.

This guide is intended to provide an overview of library spaces, services, and resources for those new to OSU, or just new to the HSL.

Learning Outcomes

Users of this guide will learn:

  • How to access HSL spaces
  • What building partners share Prior Hall
  • What physical and electronic resources are offered by the library, and how to access them
  • How librarians can support your teaching and research endeavors
  • About the new and upcoming features of the EdTech Incubator
  • What services are available through Medical Visuals
  • How to explore the special collections of the Medical Heritage Center