About MUSC Library Collections

The primary purpose of the Medical University Library is to meet the information needs of faculty, staff, and students, and to support the curriculum, research, and patient care goals of the University and the Medical Center.

The Library maintains a collection of 73,508 cataloged volumes in FY04. Materials are carefully selected and maintained based on relevance, use, and accessibility.
Due to continuing budget constraints, monograph purchases are being limited to select updated reference items.

Subscriptions to journals undergo a stringent review, as commitment to a journal is an ongoing financial obligation. The Library subscribes to 5,000 periodicals and has access to @ 3,248 eJournals & eBooks.

Journal Article Indexes, Knowledge Bases, E-Books, and other Databases,
The MUSC Library purchases subscriptions to many online information resources valuable to MUSC students, faculty and researchers, as well as Hospital clinicians and staff. A few examples:
Clinical Resources
Medscape Provides access to thousands of physician authored, peer-reviewed, disease specific review articles as well as drug information, differential diagnosis resource, color images and more
Drug Infomation
MicroMedex A full-text comprehensive drug information resource, which includes Martindale.
Evidence Based Medicine
Cochrane Library Full-text resource provides information and evidence to support decisions taken in health care
Journal Article Indexes
Ovid/MEDLINE Premier indexes for medical, nursing and allied health, and psychiatric literature; OVID interface
Harrison's Online The complete text, illustrations, and expanded features from the 15th edition of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine
AccessMedicine A collection of e-books including Hurst's the Heart, MMBID, and the Lange Educational Library with basic science & clinical medicine titles.

Note: Some of our resources are purchased as commercially prepared packages, where we have no choice in the content of the package.

Collections of Internet Resources
In addition to collecting books, journals and subscription e-resources, MUSC librarians also evaluate and select important internet resources related to biomedical disciplines. These collections are located under the "Resources by Subject" section of the Library web site. Recent topics added and/or updated include:

Historical Collections
The Associations houses books, journals, manuscript items, and museum artifacts dealing with the history of the health sciences. The primary focus of the Library is the history of medicine in South Carolina. The Macaulay Museum of Dental History, located behind the Waring Library, houses a large collection of dental artifacts and books collected over many years by Dr. Neill W. Macaulay of Columbia, South Carolina.

If you have questions about our collections or collection policies, please contact Randall Watts at 792-8309. Recommend a Purchase may be made online, or in person by speaking with Mr. Watts.