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University of Washington Health Sciences Library

Collection Guidelines: Health Sciences Library

These are guidelines by which resources are purchased for the Health Sciences Library (Seattle Campus).

About this Guide

These are the guidelines by which resources are purchased for the Health Sciences Library (HSL) at the Seattle Campus. The HSL operates on the principle of One Library: Three Campuses; learn more about the UW Libraries Collection Management Principles and Strategies

Collection Goals:

The HSL is committed to providing current, authoritative and relevant information resources for the clinical care, teaching and research missions for the following University of Washington groups:

  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Work
  • Medical Centers Montlake and Harborview

Course Reserves & Purchase Requests

Purchase recommendations can be made via the Purchase Recommendation Form

For Course Reserves, please submit your request via the Course Reserves or Streaming Media Request Forms. 

Health Sciences Subjects

Health Sciences is a broad topic that encompass bench to bedside information focused on health where the information gathered at the bench is translated into direct care of the individual, family and society at large. It is an interdisciplinary field which can include biology, chemistry and physics to nursing, medicine, sociology, psychology to public and global health. The ultimate aim is to improve the human condition from the individual level to the population level.

The Health Sciences Library follows the National Library of Medicine Classification System but will evaluate resources in these Library of Congress Classifications:

  • Subclass BF - Psychology
  • Subclass HA - Statistics
  • Subclass HM - Sociology
  • Subclass HQ - The family, marriage, women
  • Subclass HV - Social pathology, social and public welfare, criminology
  • Subclass QM - Human Anatomy
  • Subclass QP - Physiology
  • Subclass QR - Microbiology
  • Class R - Medicine
  • Subclass TA, specifically TA 164 - Bioengineering and TA 166-167 - Human Engineering
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