The Watson W. Wise Medical Research Library was dedicated in 1984 as an expansion and enhancement of the existing clinical library that was begun several years before. With the Health Science Center’s initial emphasis in patient care, research, and education in chest diseases, the Library remains an excellent source of information on diseases of the lung. However, Mr. Wise’s contribution and the continued expansion of the Health Science Center’s mission and programs has resulted in a collection that is also strong in cardiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, primary care, and occupational medicine.
The Library serves not only the Health Science Center’s students and faculty, but the institution’s nurses, administrators, and other staff as well. In addition, area professionals and students and the general public use the Library, which remains the only full service, professionally staffed health science library in East Texas.
The Library maintains a collection of over 4000 periodicals, mostly in electronic format, and over 2000 books, many in electronic format. Public-access computers are also available for database and web searching, word processing, presentations, and more. Wireless access is also available, as are private and public study areas. Library staff are available to provide reference, assistance, and instruction.
The Library is also responsible for the historical display and archives that deal with campus history from the days of the Camp Fannin Station Hospital up to the present day.