Libraries & Learning Resource Centers
The information resources available to the Cancer Center trainees are both abundant and accessible. Those located within the Texas Medical Center complex include:
Houston Academy of Medicine
The library collection includes English-language and foreign-language cancer literature. The Library's journal collection includes but is not limited to the fields of oncology, pathology, surgery, general medicine and radiology. There is also a Woman in Academia collection.
Library materials are accessible through the LIO (Library Information Online) catalog. Dial-up access to the online catalog is available via desktop terminals at home or office.
The library serves primarily the faculty, staff and students of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Service is extended to patients and family members on request. As a participating library in the shared online catalog of the five major libraries in the Texas Medical Center, library privileges are also available at those five libraries and at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Librarians are available 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. weekdays to aid in locating specific information and to facilitate use of all library services and collections.
TexSearch, a locally mounted database system, provides online access to five years of the Medline and CancerLit databases free of charge to library cardholders.
Self-service photocopying is available at $.10 per page.
Materials needed by MD Anderson cardholders can be borrowed from other libraries in the Texas Medical Center or elsewhere.
Open study carrels and reserved study rooms are available.
The library's Learning Resource Center provides a section of electronically equipped study carrels that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. These carrels are equipped with a variety of microcomputers, video players, slide projectors, television monitors, interactive video systems and CD-ROM units.
The HAM-TMC Library, located in the Jesse Jones Building, 1133 MD Anderson Boulevard (Phone: 713-795-4200) maintains the primary clinical/research collection at the Texas Medical Center. In addition to books and journals, HAM-TMC Library has significant audiovisual and microcomputer resources. The Information Services Department provides computerized literature searches from a variety of vendor-produced databases.
All Cancer Center trainees are welcome to use any of the facilities listed above, but each trainee must obtain a library card in order to borrow materials. Trainees should remember that there are often charges associated with particular services such as database searches, Medline, Cancerline, Toxline and many others. Payment may be made by check or through interdepartmental transfer (with prior approval of the department).
The Learning Resource Centers at the medical school and the nursing school have a variety of materials primarily for lecture support and self-instruction. A Cancer Center ID badge allows you to use these materials.
Houston Public Library
There are 34 branches of the Houston Public Library. You may call the above number for detailed information.